After a difficult couple of weeks for this pride they at long last managed to make a substantial kill, pulling down a large Buffalo cow not far from the Londolozi Camps. It was an absolute delight to see these lions with fat bellies after what can only be described as a nightmare period in their lives. In terms of lion dynamics the Tsalala Pride is a little bit confusing at the moment so I have decided to give a brief summary/breakdown of the current Tsalala Pride members.
Two Adult Lionesses
The two sisters whom have featured so prominently on the blog over the last year or so. They are the two girls who have remained loyal to Londolozi’s northern territory and have become widely known for their impressive hunting prowess. They are the same age, as they are from the same litter. One of these lionesses was recently involved in a terrible incident with hyenas and has now been left quite badly injured with a damaged and torn left hind leg and a ripped off tail. The second lioness is still in good shape. The short video included gives you a good idea about the current injury of the one lioness.
Four youngsters from the February litter
Of the four that were born roughly in February 2011, all four still remain. Three of these are females and one is a male. Their mother is the lioness who is still intact and is now the only adult lioness in the Tsalala Pride with a tail!
One youngster from the May litter
Of the four that were born on the 29th May 2011 only one remains…the little girl. Two of the males were killed in a buffalo stampede about 6 weeks ago and the third male was killed in the same hyena incident. The mother of the sole surviving ‘smallest’ cub was the one who was attacked by the hyena and is currently in a poor state of health.
The Original Tailless Female
Born in 1998 this heroic lioness has recently returned to her historical territory, reuniting with her two daughters and completing a marathon mating session with the Majingilane Males. Her guidance, leadership, experience and support is much needed at this time.
So the Tsalala Pride is sitting as eight lions at them moment…three adults and five youngsters. There is still however the strong possibility that the four sub-adult lionesses (aged roughly 3 years) from the ‘Breakaway Tsalala Pride‘ may soon follow suite and reunite with their mothers, enlarging the pride even more. They continue to be one of the most fascinating lion prides to follow, always providing us with new insights into lion behaviour.
Written and filmed by Adam Bannister