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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 Matshipiri Males in Trouble

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Vaseem Baig
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Wow! this is incredible news and tables would have been turned had one if the Matshapri male was not injured. this is the same coalition that had confronted Matimbas and Majingilanes well in protecting their territory and prides.

It is indeed sad that they are in this state and it is highly likely that injured males spotted and dispatched by the young ones…hope this venerable male recovers soon in the presence of this partner.

Aly
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Any news on these Sparta pride are they doing okay are these males spending any time with them and is Tsalala pride and their cubs safe distance from all these males ?Are the young Tsalala males also still in your area

Amy Attenborough
Media Team

Hi Aly. Yes for the moment all the prides are safe and well. They are definitely stressed with all the commotion going on and are being careful to stay away from the areas where the roaring and fighting is occurring. The Sparta pride was seen in the south of Londolozi a couple days ago and the Tsalala pride were seen heading north away from Londolozi, looking over their shoulders at roaring coming from around the camps. The tsalala young males are also still in the area. Thanks for your interest. Cheers, Amy

Tommy lee
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Hi if your close by vetinary care would help the weakened matshpiri male with broken leg ? Too many lions are shot and killed less than 50k left and falling at the hands of humans so we should help every single lion that we can as human beings . A slow painful death is cruel and even in the wild i know nature is cruel i gave seen many animals suffer through the effects of nature but its time to make a stand and help any animal especially this beutiful lion in need of a faster recovery.
At least rid of the younger 2 males and relocate them ? Give these guys time to heal . And if the weaker one doesnt get food feed him? Whatever it takes ..hipscar died a slow death too as much as i dont like the majings hipscar deserved to be helped and saved not left to die a slow death it is in our bature to save the weakened ..dont drive by after taking cam shots leaving them to suffer they are falling fast and each one means everything.

James Tyrrell
Photographic Guide/Media Team

Thanks for your comments Tommy, but as cruel as it can seem, we have a non-intervention policy and let nature take its course.
Regards

Susan Strauss
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Great piece, Amy. I love Sersant’s video. Wow, the two new males look so young! Even younger than the Tsalala breakaway males, right? Have the Matimba males hung around or are they off again?

Amy Attenborough
Media Team

Hi Susan!! Y these two new males are incredibly young to be behaving the way that they are. From what we know it seems that they are about four years old so just a little older than the Tsalala Breakaways. And the Matimba’s haven’t been around at all so all this commotion, roaring and fighting is also causing consternation for the prides with cubs fathered by other males. Hope you’re well! Much love

Bryan Aylmer
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Hi Amy
Great blog and very interesting turn of events. Who is the Ntsevu pride, I have not really heard of them before and I follow your blogs regularly?

Amy Attenborough
Media Team

Hi Bryan. They are the pride previously known as the Mhangeni Breakaways. They have been renamed since the pride’s confirmed independence. Here is the blog with the details http://blog.londolozi.com/2017/04/29/mhangeni-breakaway-pride-renamed/. Thanks so much, Amy

Susan Farrington
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Ohe gosh, it is heart wrenching to see these magnificent lions when they are down and out!! I hope they both manage to pull through but know the lion with the broken leg is in a precarious situation and this also puts the other at a disadvantage not having an strong ally to avoid encounters such as he has just had. I’m wondering how you bear it all to see this on a daily basis?! Don’t you get emotionally attached? I know is is the way of the wild in Africa, and it is so amazing to experience (I’d come back in a heartbeat if I had the opportunity), but I cringe inside when I read these type of updates. (keep them coming tho!) Life is tough out there in the bush!

Murtaza S
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Great article Amy! The map, photos, videos, and article help to piece together everything. It’s amazing how things have gone south for the Matshapiris males in two unexpected events.

Brandon
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Hi Londolozi

I might have a video of these two new young Avco males! If the same there were seen at my wife’s lodge on the southern part of the Klasarie and Timbervati as the Avoca females are seen in the area as well!! Have you got any photos of these two new males?

Mike ryan
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Thanks Amy what news of the Mantimanhle coalition

Jeff Lipman
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Brilliantly relayed, look forward to the updates over the next few weeks

Mike D
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It’s sad to see just how quickly the tide can turn for even powerful coalitions. I hope these powerful males heal and live to lead a new pride if they are overtaken. A broken leg can be a death sentence but hopefully his partner heals from those brutal looking scars and helps his partner heal. Evidence of that was already apparent in taking over a kill and keeping the hyenas at bay. Looking forward to the follow up.

Chris
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This a prefect opportunity for the matimbas to come back and reclaim the territory.

Diane
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Hello Amy!
My friend Marisa and I were privileged to see the Matshipirir lions and 6 younger lions – perhaps all females ?
David Strachan and Judaslocated them on May 1 and we saw the one with the broken leg . He seemed so resilient ! I am anxious to hear more of their stories . I’m hopeful for success but it appears the new “unknown ” lions are baring down in the territory . Thank you for your excellent photos and tracking ! I love reading all the blogs from Londolozi – my second home in my hear!

Fiona Combrink
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I noticed that you state that the mother of the Quarantine male leopard is unknown. I watch safari live from Djuma which is north of you and they know that the mother is named Karula “Queen of Djuma” James Hendry of Wild Earth would verify this. He is frequently seen up there.

James Tyrrell
Photographic Guide/Media Team

Hi Fiona,
Thanks for the comments. Yes, the Quarantine male is the son of the Karula female and brother of the Kunyuma male, who has also been seen on Londolozi.
Best regards

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