Wow Adam….absoutely amazing pictures….bonding of animals are just like families…at times we are all together & other times we go are seperate ways, but the bond is always within all our grasp.
The four Majingilane Males have been present at Londolozi for just over two years now. At first their approach, to pride domination, seemed to me to be chaotic and unplanned…I now feel that they have taken a turn in the last month or two. I now see in them a new explosion of confidence and assurance. They seem to be firmly in control of the current lion dynamics that are unfolding.
I previously regarded them as quite a ‘loose’ coalition but now I can see that the bonds are strengthening. One of the major reasons I say this is the amount of time they are now spending together as a complete unite. Previously, they had spent a lot of time alone or in pairs; with only one sighting in a blue moon of the force completely united. Now, however, we see them will some regularity as a group of four. Could this be a sign that all is good in the pride-lands or could this in fact symbol the opposite? Could there be some force working its way through the area that is threatening their dominance. By force I mean another coalition. We look north towards the Matimba Males, south towards the Kruger Males and west towards the Selati (southern) Males.
Never a dull moment with the Lions of Londolozi
Written and photographed by Adam Bannister
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Very few human families could ever have the type of bond these animal warriors have, imo. They live a much more brutal life, filled with death and horror from the time they are babies. The young male lions have nobody but there brothers to depend on in their tough circumstances and I think they say that 80% of lion cubs don’t survive to adulthood. It may be impossible for humans to fully understand how deep and strong their bond really is, despite the fact they don’t share food or females in a very friendly manner most of the time.
Awesome pictures of these beautiful lions.