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Rich Laburn

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Rich is the driving force behind Londolozi’s online storytelling and the Londolozi blog. His passions of digital media, film and photography, combined with his field-guiding background, have seen him take the Londolozi blog to new heights since he began it in 2009. Rich ...

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on The Growing Sparta Pride

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Terry
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Thank you for sharing this. So nice to watch these cubs!

Sandy Johnson
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Rich, haven’t heard much news about the Tsalala pride lately. How are they doing? How is the new Tailess recovering from her injury? Is her remaining female cub ok? Some news please.

Sandy

Rich Laburn
Head of Digital

Hi Sandy,
Things have been fairly busy with the flooding lately, hence we have not been able to track and find animals with the regular consistency. The Tsalala Pride is still doing well. The last time all 7 were seen together was on the 16th Jan with the Older Tailless female and the young Tsalala lioness moving around south of the river together.

Sandy Johnson
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Rich, what constitutes the Tsalala 7? Two mother lionesses and 5 cubs right? What about original Tailless? Isn’t she a permanent fixture with the pride now? Which one are you calling the young Tsalala lioness in your comment above?

Sandy

Rich Laburn
Head of Digital

Hi Sandy, the Tsalala 7 is the Young Tsalala Lioness and her 4 cubs, the New Tailless female and her remaining cub. The original Tailless female spends a lot of time with the pride, however she is prone to moving around by herself as well. The Young Tsalala Lioness is the lioness who still has her tail. I hope that answers your confusion.

rich

Sandy Johnson
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Thank you Rich. I’m clear now.

Sandy Johnson
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Adorable!

Geri Potter
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Wonderful video…and the cover pic above…SO cute! It’s the epitome of the saying,’Let sleeping babies lie.’ Because when they wake up, ALL HECK breaks loose!!! 🙂
Good to see the males ‘tolerating’ the Sparta youngsters…does make one wonder what went on with the Tsalala pride, though. Curiouser and curiouser…
Are these females? Also, do all these babes have spots or is this particular to the Spartas?

Rich Laburn
Head of Digital

It is good to see these youngsters integrating well with the males. It is hard to give you an exact answer as to the reasons behind the Tsalala pride incident, however one can only speculate with all the facts in place.

These two cubs are both females, which is encouraging for the future growth of the pride as young males always have a time tough ahead of them and invariably get chased out of the pride by the more dominant males. I am still not sure as to the sex of the brand new cubs, however I will be sure to fill you in once we know.

Spots are common to lions, however in differing tones. These spots are quite prevalent and will more than likely be a result of the genetic code of the animal more than anything else.

Meghann Rosenberg
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Love the video! The cubs are so adorable!!

Rich Laburn
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Totally agree Meghann!

Syl
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Thanks so very much

Shirley
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Hallo,
I always watch you video. Thank you very much for your updating. I love these cubs. They are beautiful. I am lookin forward for your next updating. thank you again.

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