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Amy Attenborough

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Amy has a rich field-guiding history, having spent time at both Phinda and Ngala Game Reserves. This diversity of past guiding locations brought her an intimate understanding of different biomes across South Africa, and she immediately began making a name for herself as ...

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on The Epic Story of the Tailless Lioness: Then and Now

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Mike ryan
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Amy a fabulous story and thanks for sharing. We look forward to seeing some photos of her cubs and interesting that the four sub adults are still with her. Can you speculate who are the cubs fathers ? Thanks mike

Colin
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Amy, what an amazing story. Thank you so much for sharing it with us. It makes me just want to go and give that tailless lion a big hug, but on second thoughts …………

Lee
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A wonderful tale (!) beautifully told. Thanks, Amy!

Lynne
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Thank for that lovely story ! Hope it ends happily in the future !

Darlene Knott
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Amazing story! Thanks for sharing, Amy.

Amaya Pryce
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Amazing, inspiring and humbling. Thank you for this backstory!

Danny
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Epic reading!

Tony Goldman
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Thanks Amy for a wonderfully detailed story and have personally been fortunate to watch and photograph the Tsalala pride and the Mhangeni pride evolution over the last 9 years and look forward to see what happens to them in the future

Lea
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What brave lionesses. A really amazing story of survival and teaching of these two magnificent ladies. The original tail less lioness surely taught her daughter valuable life lessons. I am sure the daughter will teach her offspring to do the same. Very courageous and magnificent cats. Thank you so much Amy for this beautiful blog – loved it.

Mary Beth Wheeler
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What a lovely story, Amy! With Nick K., we searched almost daily for her and cubs a few weeks back; so happy she and cubs been located. Thanks for retelling the whole story!

Dawn Phillips
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Wow, what an inspiring story. It is so amazing to hear the history of these incredible lionesses. I truly hope that we have the opportunity to see her in September when we arrive. It would be such a special event to see this amazing creature that I feel that I am becoming to know, thanks to these stories.

Les Moodie
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A wonderful story Amy. Thanks for sharing it.

Suzanne Myers
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Thank you Amy so much!! The Tsalala pride was the first I was introduced to… The 1st Great Lioness w/o her tail… We called and knew her as BB…. So you can guess, They are my favorite and hold a special place in heart! I loved the more detailed story of her you gave! It only made me LOVE her more!!!!!!

Susan Strauss
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These lionesses are so inspiring – true hero’s saga journey! Facing incredible odds over and over, and making decisions in the best interest of the collective good.Thank you Amy for sharing the history of their journey. Tailless is a role model ❤️

Audrey Kubie
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An amazing tale (no pun intended) of these phenomenal animals. This is such a beautiful description of these amazing creatures. Thank you!

Jeff Powell
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Amy, an absorbing and well told story. The Londolozi blog is always a good read, but you’ve set a new standard. — thank you

Mishal
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A brilliant brilliant piece One of my favorites blog pieces ever written you have done a fantastic job Amy
You have shared the amazing story of my favorite pride and written it so well one can feel your love for that pride and those two females an excellent job Amy keep it up like I said before this is now my favorite blog piece .Thank you for writing it its perfect literally perfect .

Mishal
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I agree with the above comment you have set a new standard for the blog .You have describe the incredible story with such compassion and passion keep it up

Jurgen Vogt
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An awesome piece of research and a very well written story. Really captivating. Well done Amy

Barbara Bethke
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Thank you so much for your fantastic blog describing the life of the tailless lionesses. I like observing lionesses and cubs because of their amazing family life.

Ann Seagle
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I love these kind of stories. I am so fascinated by the dynamics of a lion pride. U told it beautifully. Thank u. Ann Seagle

Lynn Rattray
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Awesome story and so well told!

Jason_T
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I did not understand who gave the latest birth.

Was the Tailless who was with the 4 young Tsalala lions (3 Males and 1 female)
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the old Tsalala Lioness about 14-15 yo, who last year gave birth to 2 female cubs, and she is together with a younger lioness who has 3 cubs.

who of those two?

Amy Attenborough
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Hi Jason. Yes the newest litter is from the Tailless lioness (aged 15) who is with four sub adults and her two new cubs. Her mother, the original tailless, died back in August 2013.

Wendy Hawkins
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Wow this is an amazing story! Long may she survive to see these babies grow up big & strong! Thanks Amy

Chris
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A marvelous and moving story, amy. Thank you for sharing.

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