Thanks for the updates Adam. It will be quite interesting what the next days and weeks will hold.
2 July – Reports on the web suggest that Mohawk is not just with his three brothers but with the 4. This makes it 5 males in the west. A massive force and potentially enough to fight off the new coalition. Have also noted that areas have started calling the new males the Majingilane Males but still waiting for clarification as to the origins and meaning of the name.
3 July – The two breakaway Sparta Pride females are seen wandering around the causeway in the Sand River; they begin contact calling and out of no-where come two tiny cubs. Possibly just over 2 months old these youngsters have been born into a torrid time.
4 July– 1 sub adult female was seen alone but in good health in the centre of Marthly
5 July– In the early hours of the night a lot of roaring could be heard north of the river in Marthly. A couple of guys went out at around 5am to investigate and were amazed to watch the 5 Mapogo moving through the clearings calling as they walked. They had come from the west and had moved onto Londolozi, the first time the brothers have been together as a unite at Londolozi for many many months. The excitement continued as they proceeded to run into the bush just south of Ximpalapala Koppie and catch a sub-adult Buffalo. It was amazing to watch this incredible coalition act as a group again. Having had few experiences with the four brothers (besides from Mohawk) I was amazed to see how big they were. They are incredible and size wise they dwarf Mohawk, something which I never thought possible. I also couldn’t help but notice that Mohawk was somewhat sidelined from the rest at the feeding frenzy. Could it be that he had gone west to summon the help of his brothers and in the process now takes on a slightly more submissive role? I guess we will have to watch this dynamic unfold as well.
5 July– All the commotion and roaring in the early hours must have caused mayhem with the other lions as we saw the Tsalala Pride’s Tail-less female (yes she is still alive) with 3 sub-adults (2 females and 1 male) running south across the causeway possibly trying to get as far away from the action as possible. We followed them for a short while and were astounded to see them walk a mere 20 m away from where, the previous afternoon, we had sat in joy watching the two breakaway Sparta Lionesses feeding on a kudu with two tiny cubs. I’m certain that with the sudden arrival of now 2 coalitions of males they will be keeping a very low profile. The cubs are fathered by Mohawk and the deceased Kinky-Tail, but as for how the re-formed Mapogo coalition would react to these youngsters we are not sure.
Written by & Photographed by: Adam Bannister
Hi Lea, it is hugely exciting to watch this unfold and yes all the rangers here hold there breath when they drive out every morning to see what has happened during the night.