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David Dampier

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David left the bright lights of Johannesburg and a promising career as a chartered accountant to join the Londolozi Ranging team in 2009. After three years spent as a guide, during which he built up a formidable reputation as one of Londolozi's top ...

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on Lion Warfare – Well Not Quite…

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David Dampier
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Great editing Rich, was an unbelievable sighting to witness!

Rich
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Thanks David, full credit goes to you and Dan for capturing and writing about this sighting. The game viewing at Londolozi never fails to surprise me with regards to the different interactions between different species and between members of the same species.

Sheila Patel
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Another great video Rich! Thanks for sharing. Although I saw the Majingilane lions and the Sparta pride during my stay, I missed lions on a kill. Gives me an excuse to visit again eh! Agree with you, the game viewing at Londolozi is a amazing! Great to sit with them and see animal behaviour and interactions in the wild.
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Rich
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That’s a great pleasure Sheila. Glad that you got to see the Majingilanes and Sparta pride despite not seeing a kill. I always find it amazing how sometimes you will see three kills, or prides or leopards in a day and other times see nothing at all. As you say, it’s what gives you the excuse to keep coming back and experiencing something new. Thanks, as always, for your thoughts and comments.

Mike Moss
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Its such strange behavior ! I was with David when we saw the two prides close to each other with no animosity. Its so nice to see the cubs doing well. I spent a wonderful 2 hours with David and other guests watching them.

http://www.pbase.com/mytmoss/sparta_females_and_their_cubs_

Mike

Rich
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Mike, Thanks for the link to the photos, there are some great pics of cubs playing in the gallery.. Did you see the lioness and cubs close to the rest of the Sparta Pride or close to the Southern Pride as in this video?

Mike Moss
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I did Rich, they were about 50 meters apart when I first came across the cubs. David and I were amazed they were so close to each other with no problems. They did both have a buffalo kill so we figured that that was part of the reason they were OK being that close. However they never got in direct contact like in the video even though they had visual of each other. Your sighting makes the whole thing even more amazing.

Mike

Rich
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That’s incredible, I wonder if the size of a buffalo kill means that they are more willing to share between many? It is plausible, however in other cases a buffalo kill could mean food for many days amongst fewer lions….
I am also astounded at how relaxed the two Sparta females were at exposing their cubs to other prides of lions. It could have potentially been extremely fatal for them…

Mike Moss
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Those lions obviously have not read the manual on lion behavior. At this point its best not to show them. We can let them write their own set of instructions !

Mike

Rich
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I agree it makes it all the more interesting for us to observe them…. I never did like the manual much anyway.. Rich

Sue Beele
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I spent a week at Londo in October. Graham was our Game ranger and Like our tracker. We had the most amazing time there. These guys could find everything and anything, with the drama, of tracking. Thanks so much for a great time. Sue
p.s love the sound tracks on this web site SO realistic….

Rich
Member

Pleasure Sue, great to hear that you had an amazing time with Graham and Like, they make a brilliant ranger/tracker team. Were you able to witness this particular sighting?

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