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on Tsalala Pride: Caught in the raging torrent

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Patrik D.H.
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Dear Adam, Thanks for the news, even if sad. 3 cubs left out of 8, after 1 year only, that is really a bad quote, and it once again shows all the eventualities (buffalo, floods, hyena, male lion) young lions have to confront. It’s a long way to the top (to be a dominant male lion or a breeding female).

Geri Potter
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Maybe there is a chance they may just have been separated and will miraculously return as did the ‘litttle guy’. HOPE springs eternal, for me. Otherwise it’s just too sad. Hope the prides reunite, though; that would be welcome news. Thanks for the update!

Elisabeth Douglas
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Dear Adam, what a sad story you are telling. But as you say nature is very tough for all the wild animals
whether in the bush in South Africa or in other parts of the world. The Tsalala Pride is very special to us.The 10 lions where the first animals we saw when we were visiting Londolozi. Now they are 5. Let us hope they will make it. Greetings from the Douglas family

Syl
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Thank you Adam. Hopefully there will be happy reports soon.

Arden Zalman
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Adam, thank you for the update. Another example of Mother Nature doing what she does best even if we humans don’t understand. Life will go on for her creatures at her will. Hope to see a HUGE pride when we return next year.

Sandy Johnson
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Thanks for the update Adam. It saddens me as the 10 were my first animal sighting after arriving at Londolozi back in August. They will always hold a special place in my heart.

Heather Fleeger
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Adam,
Thank you for the update. We have been wondering what has happened to the Tsalala pride since the flood. As the Douglas family said above, we also spent time with the 10 while we were there, but this past Sept. They have held a special place in our heart ever since. It has been a heart breaking journey with them. We can only hope that the cubs that are left can flourish from all that has taken place!!!!! We love this blog and it is how we can stay in touch with Londolozi and South Africa on a daily basis.

The Fleeger’s

Cheryl in KCMO
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Thanks for the update. We enjoyed getting to know them and hope this pride will come back stronger than ever.

Merle
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As I’ve mentioned before, we were with Talley when the Tsalala cubs were first seen in August. We affectionately named the leader of the 4-pack Shayne. He was the cub who miraculously survived five weeks on his own only to be killed by a family member. I was just going to e-mail Talley as to why there hadn’t been any recent reports on the one surviving female, and now sadly your report. Thank you for the update. I can hope for new cubs and happiness in the near future.

Kk
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Sad, but interesting dynamic. All the remaining cubs are female, as well as the 4 remaining lionesses from their prior litter. If they ever unite, this will be one giant pride. Or perhaps the 4 sub-adults may just form a new pride-they certainly are close to mating age and seem to be doing very well on their own?

thelma aleman
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THANK YOU FOR THE UPDATE…IT SEEMS THAT THE NEW TAILLESS DIED TOO…SO SAD..

Adam Bannister
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Themlma not sure where you heard about the New tailless being dead…she is alive and kicking. She was seen last night with her pride so all is good!

Sandy Johnson
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Adam, I have a question unrelated to the Tsalala pride. Do the photographers ever sell prints of pictures that they have taken? I want to frame some pictures for my living room wall and am having a hard time finding enough good shots that I took.

Sandy

Rich Laburn
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Hi Sandy, the answer to your question is yes. I have sent you an email to chat further. rich

Ed
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Yes very sad to look at the picture of the four cubs hanging on my wall and know two are no longer around. I guess we need to get back there to attach ourselves to some new cubs!

Rich Laburn
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It is sad to think about Ed, yet we all have to notice that the cycles of life continue and already there are new cubs to enjoy viewing. We look forward to having you back here to see these guys.

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