Since the beginning of the year, the breakaway Tsalala Pride, have been showing signs of moving and exploring the northern parts of the Sabi Sands. The reality of maturity means that these lionesses are no longer in danger of being killed by dominant males, but are rather viewed as potential mates. Subsequently, this past week has seen these 4 lionesses, born in Dec 2008 (daughter of the two Mapogos and the Tsalala sisters) move south of the Sand River back into Sparta.
In an interesting turn of fate, at least three members of Majinglane coalition have discovered these young yet sexually mature lionesses and are now mating with them. This brings the three exciting elements to Tsalala Pride dynamics:
- The possibility of new lion cubs to these first time mothers
- The possibility of a FULL Tsalala pride reunion. This would mean these 4 lioness with the two Tsalala sisters, their remaining Tsalala cubs and the original Tailless female
- The first joining of Mapogo and Majingilane blood in the lion gene pool.
Nonetheless, this new activity has not gone by with peaceful ease. These lionesses are still hesitant in mating and are not scared to put up a display of conflict with the dominant Majingilane Coalition. Watch this video below, captured by our guest Ginger Smits, just yesterday morning…
As with all the unfolding lion dynamics in the Sabi Sands, there is always a new twist and turn of activity to keep us interested in the fascinating lives and behavior of this beloved Londolozi pride. Let us know what you think the outcomes of this interaction between the Majingilane Coalition and the breakaway Tsalala Pride will be in the comments section below. Will new cubs arrive and will the entire Tsalala Pride reunite?
Photographs and Film by: Ginger Smits (Londolozi Guest)