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James Tyrrell

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James had hardly touched a camera when he came to Londolozi, but his writing skills were well developed, and he was quickly snapped up by the Londolozi blog team as a result. An environment rich in photographers helped him develop the photographic skills ...

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on How Much Longer Can the Majingilane Last?

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marinda drake
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Interesting blog. Will it be the young Sparta males that take over from their fathers one day?

Radheesh Sellamuttu
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Hi James, are the rangers familiar with the big males from just over the border with Kruger? And if they were to take over would you need to approach them in vehicles with more caution than approaching the Majingilane due to the Majing males being quite habituated? I noticed that in Londolozi/Sabi Sand we approached all the cats much closer than in my time in Zambia and Tanzania.

Pic of one of the Majing crossing the Sand river from my trip in early March 2014!

James T
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Hi Radeesh,
I am unaware of what males may be lurking just over the Kruger border, and I don’t think the other rangers are too sure either. We would definitely have to approach a new coalition with more caution; the same was true with the Majingilane when they first arrived. They were far more aggressive towards vehicles and trackers/rangers on foot initially. The photo you have posted is I think from the same sighting as the males crossing the river that I included above. Who was your ranger then

James

Radheesh Sellamuttu
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Thanks. Interesting to know. No this pic was a sighting of only one male crossing alone! I was with Mike Sutherland. This sighting http://blog.londolozi.com/2014/03/lions-and-rivers/

S.w. Tsang
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Hope they will stay in power & well for as long as the good Lord allows .

Ian Hall
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I spent a week at Londolozi in September and there wasn’t a whisper. They cannot control that much territory indefinitely , and with such a prime predator spot, it will be very interesting to see what happens.

Patrik Hutter
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Hi James,
I hope they stay in power for a very long time as I would like to see them again. By the way, what is HipScar’s hip-problem ? Is it caused by fighting with other lions (Selatis), or by buffalo ?

James T
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Hi Patrick,

His hip is fine; there is just an old scar there with no fur that we use to identify him. His problem is his ankle. Not entirely sure what it was caused by, but most likely a poor foot placement during a hunt; getting it caught in a hole would have twisted and injured it badly!

James

Patrik Hutter
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Thanks for your explanation James!

Stephanie Peduto
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I really love this article. I especially appreciate the maps, it just goes to show how vast Londolozi really is. I was very fortunate in May 2013 to visit Londolozi and see all four Majingilane brothers. Hopefully they’ll be around next year when I come back!

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