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Amy
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Wonderful pictures! Wish we were there! I have a question though. I had thought that one of the sub-adult Tsalala was presumed dead (very sad) and the other hadn’t been seen for a while (also very sad). However, this implies that they are both still around – is that true? Also, I thought I had read that one of the daughters has a new cub. In one of the pictures, it appears one of the daughters might be pregnant? (Thought I had read that previously as well).

Thanks!

Amy

Kate Neill
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Hi Amy,

James Tyrrell has recently done a post on the Lion pride activities, you can view it on http://blog.londolozi.com/2013/03/lion-update-what-is-happening-with-the-prides/.

Hope this helps with the questions.

Kindest regards,
Kate Neill

Amy
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Kate,

I read James’ posting dated March 12 and, actually, my questions are because this posting today and his posting say different things about the Tsalala pride sub-adults. Which is accurate?

thanks!

Amy

Kate Neill
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Hi Amy,

The most recent update, as of today, from one of our rangers is the following:

The breakaway Tslala girls are looking beautiful, three of them were seen this morning and it is reported that the fourth one has got cubs and was not see with the other three this morning. No-one is aware of how many cubs this female might have so we wait with baited breath!

The old tailless female is still with the younger tailless female as well as the sub-adult, they are being chased by the Majingilane’s as the sub-adult is not their offspring. The other sub-adult has not been seen in about three weeks and is presumed dead. The tailed female has been seen mating with the Dark-maned Majingilane so we believe she has lost the litter on Ximpalapala Koppie which is unfortunate and we hope that she falls pregnant again after mating.

The dynamics are incredibly interesting as you probably know! They are changing daily so we look forward to the next few weeks!

I hope I have helped!

Kindest regards,
Kate

Amy
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thank you! How old is the sub-adult? And, at what age will the Majingilane view her as a potential mate as opposed to a cub they need to destroy?

Kate Neill
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She is about 25 months old and lionesses usually begin mating between the ages of 3-4 years. So we are hoping that she will make it through the next year or so!

Regards,
Kate

Shirley
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Amazing story. Thank you.

Kim
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How amazing was the 5:00 am wake up call though? It is one of the only wake up calls at that hour that I was excited for because it meant going out on another amazing adventure like the one you posted about. Thanks for the pictures, it brought me back to when I visited in September. Missing it there and need to make a trip back soon!!

Tim Long
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I will never forget the 5am bellow of NELSON.. GOOOOOOOD MOOOOORNING! I have never been so excited to get out of bed at 5am. Coming up on a year since I was there and I still look at my photo’s and video’s on a daily basis. Thank you for the memories..

Judy Guffey
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I visit Londolozi (at least on the WWW) daily and am counting days till I return in November. Meanwhile back on the island….baking some of the most addictive cookies ever .,… recipe straight from the exec chef of Londolozi …..mahalo

Roy Taback
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Roy and I are keen bush babies and look forward to your beautiful pics and narrative of your fabulous days and star studded nights in Londolozi.
Roy and Di Taback

Louise Taback
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Awesome Photos!!! I know all about that wake up call at 5.am….to see the amazing wild out there
and sunrise!!! Thank You for sharing!!

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