Scarface the Legend of the Masai Mara – Lions of Africa

Scarface the legend of the Masai Mara.
Scarface the legend of the Masai Mara
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If you are a lion enthusiast like we are, we’re sure you’ve heard of Scarface.

When you think of lions in the Masai Mara, one should come to mind, and his name is Scarface.

He gets his name from the obvious scar above his eye, Scarface is apparently 10 years old, according The Marsh Pride of Lions on Facebook, he was born in 2008.

Scarface the Legend of the Masai Mara
©Jonas Stenqvist

It is speculated that he was fathered by the Notch male lions, he forms part of the Musketeers coalition with his 3 brother, Morani, Sikio and Hunter.

Scarface the Legend of the Masai Mara
From left to right
Morani, Hunter and Sikio
© Susan Portnoy
© Mike Haworth

 

Scarface the Legend of the Masai Mara
© John H. Gavin From Left to Right – Hunter, Scar and Morani

In 2012, when they were only four years old, Scarface and his brother took over the Marsh pride. You might have heard of the Marsh pride as they were featured on the Big Cats Diary documentary on BBC.

Scarface the Legend of the Masai Mara
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The Marsh pride also made headlines in 2015 when lions died after being poisoned, the farmers were upset with the lions for killing their cattle so they poisoned the carcass with pesticide, knowing the lions would return to feed on the rest of the carcass, it was not clear how many lions died from this.

Scarface the Legend of the Masai Mara
© Jose Miguel C

There is many speculations of how Scarface got his famous scar, we definitely know he got the scar in 2011, here is a photo of it. Many say he got it while fighting and other say it was from a spear.

Scarface the Legend of the Masai Mara
©Aditya Singh

The scar reopens from time to time from Scarface scratching it, and the vets do intervene and stitch it back up.

Scarface the Legend of the Masai Mara
Scarface eye before it got treated by vets ©Clementwild & ©Mara Triangle

In 2016 the 4 musketeers took over the Paradise pride. The pride consists of 9 females with cubs and a few sub adult males. This is his son Tatu.

Scarface the Legend of the Masai Mara
© Ideal Africa safaris
You can find Scarface and brothers around the Mara triangle, his often seen with his brother Hunter and Sikio and Morani are seen together.
Scarface the Legend of the Masai Mara
© Maryann ngo

Since 2016 Scarface has been seen limping, there is no visible scars or injuries, we are sure his just getting old and his old injuries are catching up with him.

Scarface the Legend of the Masai Mara
©Eric Le Go

Nonetheless he is magnificent male lion that looks amazing for his age.

Scarface the Legend of the Masai Mara
©Jackson Naurori

Hopefully he can survive a few more years in a territory filled with young and strong lions.

 

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