Big news from Londolozi in terms of the lion dynamics is that in the last week the much loved Tailless Female of the Tsalala Pride has been seen a number of times with her 2 daughters and their cubs. There was even a special moment the other night when the 3 adults moved off and attempted a hunt together. Rangers and trackers smiled from ear to ear as it now seems imminent that our most loved lioness may return back to our lands after over a years absence.
The one thing we are not sure of however is what will happen to the 4 female sub-adults that Tailless has been looking after since around May 2010. As of yet the Tsalala sisters seem to be comfortable having their mom around but not these other four.
The other big news is that The Tailless Female has been seen mating with the Majingilanes. This is a big development and will shape the future of the Tsalala Pride. I, for one, had been concerned that she would mate with the Matimba Male Coalition north of Londolozi. Had this been the case then a reunion of the 2 portions of the pride would have been near impossible. These two events are critical and we eagerly await to see how this new chapter will unfold. Will it provide a fairytale reunion or are we jumping ahead of ourselves? We will keep you posted as news develops but do let us know your thoughts on this latest update.
Written by Adam Bannister
Photographs by Adam Bannister