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James Tyrrell

Photographic Guide/Media Team

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 What Happens When Two Lion Prides Decide to Share?

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Marinda Drake
Master Tracker

This is exciting. Will it be possible for the young Mhangene males to eventually move to the north and form a pride with the Nkuhuma sub adults?

Denise Vouri
Digital Tracker

This was an amazing report James. How thrilled you must have been to come across this sight in the bush, a surprise to find the two prides(?) eating side by side, or perhaps eye to eye. I would think the sheer number of these two groups could pose trouble to other prides in the area, should they decide to unite.

Joanne Wadsworth
Senior Digital Ranger

What an thrilling opportunity you had, James, along with a solid think-thru sorting out this massive feeding group! The video was impressive with those throaty gnarls….the tension was nearly electrical. Only time will tell how these groups ultimately settle in within Londolozi. I’ve learned a lot from you. My thanks.

James Tyrrell
Photographic Guide/Media Team

Hi Joanne,
Full credit to working out who they were goes to Andre Sithole. I was just happy to see 20 lions!

A B
Explorer

Exciting from the start to finish.

Hi love all your posts sorry I dont reply to many..but I hate writing 🙂
But what a fantastic sighting and read just a shame the video was a tad short..
I wonder if any of you seen the video of the lioness and her cub attacked by 22 wild dogs someone posted from some reserve sorry I foget its name but it must be so rewarding to come across such rare but amazing sights .

Iren Juppa
Explorer

Please, can you regularly inform about the movement of a lone young Tsalala lioness ?
Thank you very much.

James Tyrrell
Photographic Guide/Media Team

Hi Iren,
At the moment she has mainly been moving up and down the Manyelethi riverbed, but she crossed south of the Sand River and killed a wildebeest in the middle of the day about a week ago.
She seems to be doing well.
Regards

Iren Juppa
Explorer

Great thanks, James. ♥

Michael & Terri Klauber
Digital Tracker

James, What an amazing sighting! The growling must have been incredibly intense. We are hoping that the Tsalala lioness makes it!

Mj Bradley
Explorer

Wow I can’t imagine how exciting that sighting was. We do miss the Nkuhumas up North and hope they decide to come back. It would be nice if the Mhageni youngsters would accept the lone Tsalala Female.. The two females could bring the Tsalala Pride back from the brink

Callum Evans
Guest contributor

Another interesting event in the ever-shifting lion dynamics! It is very rare for two lions prides to share a kil. I read about a case once where two lion prides were hunting the same herd of zebra and actually ending up catching the same zebra! A massive fight quickly broke out and the zebra actually escaped!

Callum Evans
Guest contributor

It will be very interesting to see what the Tsalala Female does too.

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