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Tom Imrie

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Tom is the voice of wisdom, reason and logic on the Londolozi Ranging Team, as well as all the other facets that go hand-in-hand with being an intellectual far beyond the realm of most mere mortals. There are very few subjects under the ...

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marinda drake
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Interesting history Tom. Great blog.

Rosie
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Was this the male also known as the Rollercoaster Male further north ? Or have I got mixed up again lol ?

vaseem baig
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hi! Tom,

this blog indeed is great and was fascinating to read about the Shaws males. i think it is undoubtedly difficult task given to single out epic lion among such an array of sabisand lions, but you have done a fantastic job.

enjoyed every bit of information, keep it up and thank you,

vaseem

Linda de Muelenaere
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It is truly refreshing reading a blog like this. Why. .? It has all the facts, has the history without the gore and overstated death scenes of lion fighting lion or coalition of lions. The sadness and grief caused me by these graphic deaths of the Lions and then the thoughtfulness of showing the pictures and the film of the lions being killed by other…… Leaving him with a damaged spine, his genetailia missing , unable to roar. Really is all that necessary. Thank you for this delightful walk down memory lane.

Steve Gordon
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Epic blog Tom!

Fascinating compendium of the recent history of Londolozi Lions.

Jill Grady
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You’ve seen a lot of lion history while at Londolozi Tom, and I loved hearing you tell about the many coalitions that have ruled there throughout the years. The Shaws male certainly sounds like he was a remarkable lion and I think his strength and determination to survive lives on in the Sparta lionesses.

KK
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Between the matshipiri males and the Matimba males, who is dominant ?

Norberto
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This kind of post is my favorite. Telling the history of lions of Londolozi, tracing back more than 10, 15 years. It’s just awesome.

Brian C
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I like these posts also. The history of the lions and leopards is important and should not be forgotten. The lions are much more confusing to me. It was good to learn that 2 of the current Sparta lionesses are daughters of the Shaws male.

Ossi Robertson Köchli
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Dear Tom
We are missing you! When do show as the lions again and when do you visit us?
Ossi and Lea

Mishal
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Im a bit late but I have to say this is the best londolozi blog entry ever written you have covered so much and written so well and the lion you settled upon was truly epic .You have highlighted the struggles of the lionesses so well ,I love that you didnt go with the usual suspects the mapogos majingilanes etc also the mention of the constantly changing lion dynamics and its effect on lion population no blog piece ever written has captured the effects of the lion warfare the way you have and it is not even filled with gore .The best part is how you have connected everything in the end with the lion you have chosen as being remarkable .A Well written thoughtful blog and a perfect tribute to a great lion

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