The Tsalala Pride have had a rough last few months. It’s sad to think that only four months ago they had eight very healthy cubs. Now this pride’s precious cargo has been whittled down to just three. Initially there were four males and four females…now it is only three females that remain.
Here is a brief summary of what happened to the five cubs that are no longer:
Yet despite this loss, the Sisters remain upbeat and firmly in control of their pride. They are still managing to hunt and succesfully kill, simultaneously pouring huge effort into the cubs that remain. It is fascinating to watch the Tsalala Pride and the Sparta Pride, both of which have cubs fathered by the Majingilane. The differences between the two sets of mothers is radical. Since the Majingilane killed one of the Tsalala cubs, I have not seen these males with this pride once! This is contrasted by the fact that the males are nearly always with or around the Sparta lionesses.
So these two prides continue to entertain and fascinate rangers, trackers and guests alike. Pulling on our heart strings. I was delighted to watch the Tsalala Sisters play with the three cubs on the sandy banks of the Sand River.
You may be interested to hear, if you know the area well, that this footage was filmed at Finfoot Crossing…one of our gateways to the north, which has been completely transformed thanks to the floods.
Written, filmed and photographed by Adam Bannister