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Bronwyn
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Great Pics Crooks!!!! Welcome to the blog team 😉
The leopard shot is WOW WOW!

Diane Wales Baillie
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Super pics as always – The Agama Lizard pic is awesome shows just how camouflage plays such an important part in survival 😉

Amy
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You mentioned that you haven’t seen the cub of the original tailless female for some time now. Are you referring to the cub that we have been seeing in the updates? We saw her on the blog that was posted on the 10th. We are all worried! Have you seen her mom?

James Crookes
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Hi Amy, yes, that’s the cub I’m referring to. Based on my records, we last saw her on 29 October and we have seen her mother, the original tailless female, quite a few times since then, but have had no sign of the cub.

Shardool Kulkarni
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Is the cub of the BB, the Tailless Female dead?

James Crookes
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I can’t say for sure Shardool, but I suspect so.

Shardool Kulkarni
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Ok!! Thanks!!

Leslie Backus
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What kind of lens did you use for the sunset photo? Very dramatic.
Thanks!

James Crookes
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Nothing fancy Leslie, just the standard 18-55mm canon lens that comes standard with most camera bodies. The sky was dramatic enough that very little manipulation was needed.

Tammy Perger
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Beautiful Pics…The one with elephants with the greenery is absoutely stunning….It looks like a beautiful piece of art. I would defenitely have that one framed!!

Well done James 🙂

James Crookes
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Thanks Tammy, I found it quite unusual for the Sabi Sand, it looks more like a forest scene.

Arden Zalman
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OMG!! Can’t wait ’til March

Michel and Maria Brouillard
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Hi James, as usual great photos and write up. I am loving the sunset and reflection image of the elephant. Keep them coming 🙂 – Maria

Rae
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Stunning pictures!! When I was at another Sabi Sand game lodge a few years ago I was told that a Lioness will sometimes mate with a Lion to protect her cub. Was that line of bull? 🙂

James Crookes
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Hi Rae, you are absolutely correct, but that is more likely to be seen where the male is new to the area and hasn’t fathered the cub(s). In this case, the Majingilane males fathered the cub(s), so it doesn’t seem a likely explanation for why she would again be mating with a member of the Majingilane coalition. In the case of coalitions, however, lionesses have to ensure that they mate with each of the members of the coalition, so that there is a possibility that each of them is the father of the cubs. If she were to only have mated with 3 of the 4 males, the 4th would likely kill the cubs if he came into contact with them. There is, therefore, the possibility that when she conceived these cubs, she didn’t mate with the dark maned Majingilane and is therefore now mating with him to protect the cubs and lead him away from them.

I suspect that the cubs are no longer, but we’ll have to wait and see. I’ve long since learnt to expect the unexpected in the bush!

tao
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Beautiful pictures, James, especially the buffalo cow with flies and the elephant reflection.
What happened to the original tailless Tsalala female and her cub? I’ve just posted their latest pics to my granddaughter who is looking forward to see them in Londolozi next year. She hopes that nothing serious happened. Does anyone know what happened to the tailed Tsalala female’s cubs?

James Crookes
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The original tailless female is doing well and has been seen with the rest of the pride. We are unsure as to what has happened to her cub and the tailed female’s cubs, but I’ll be sure to update everyone as soon as we know with any degree of certainty.

Jenifer Westphal
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Well done! The cub pic is soooooo cute!

Shirley
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Thank you again for the wonderful update. However, you assumed that the legendary old tailles female from the Tsalalapride has lost her one and only cub of 8 months. If this is true I find it very sad. Do you know what happened?

Geri Potter
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I agree with Amy…is that the cub we’ve been seeing? The loss of ANY of them is heartbreaking, but the original ‘Tailless’ female has been so successful and this is possibly her last litter. SAD!!! 🙁
However, the photos of the Sparta cubs are ADORABLE! What expressions!!! And the Dudley Riverbank female and cub….simply stunning! Well done! Thank you!

Tiffany
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Wow! Fantastic photos!

Louise Taback
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AWESOME PHOTOS!!!! THANK YOU!!

MJ Bradley
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Great job on bog James, Thank you for the updates on you beautiful world.
it is sad to hear of BB and the others losing the cubs.. Will look forward to next week.

Alessio
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Is now Maxabene male leopard as large as Campan male?

James Crookes
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He’s not quite as large as the Camp Pan male, but he is definitely filling out a bit. His tracks are now starting to become difficult to differentiate from Camp Pan’s. Remember that Maxabene 3:2 is now 4 years old and Camp Pan is turning 12, so Camp Pan is on the decline and Maxabene is still approaching his prime, so it won’t be too long before he catches, and overtakes, Camp Pan.

John Holley
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Absolute crackers Crooksie!

Marisa
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Thank you for these gorgeous pictures!

Sheila
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I kept wanting to click ‘like’ on so many of the photos, rwl. So many fantastic shots. Hopefully the cubs turn up but not likely, eh!

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