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James Tyrrell

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James had hardly touched a camera when he came to Londolozi, but his writing skills that complemented his Honours degree in Zoology meant that he was quickly snapped up by the Londolozi blog team. An environment rich in photographers helped him develop the ...

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on Lion Warfare: The South Pride division

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Jenifer Westphal
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Wow, James I applaud your efforts in telling the story of lion warfare! Could you also provide pronunciation for a couple of the more troublesome names? I’ve herd these names spoken before, buts its been a while. While I’ve seen many of the lion you speak of, and have been following this story for years, I cannot wait to get back and see for myself what’s happening! Thank you!

John Holley
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Great to catch up on the latest dynamics! Thanks JT

thelma aleman
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This is not good…

Deana A
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Are there any written stories about the Mapogo? We saw the two remaining Mapogo males last October, looking pretty worn. Julius told us a bit about their history, and we are interested in learning more if that information is available.

We look forward to seeing you all again this October. It will be our third trip in as many years!

Raoul
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Also worth mentioning is that the Southern Pride has also been interacting with the Sand River Males – a coalition of three grown males from the southern part of Sabi Sands. One of the Southern Pride females was seen mating with one of these males recently. Therefore, the Southern females have been mating with the Kruger male, the larger of the two Sparta males (Solo), and one of the Sand River Males. This suggests that the pride is fractured and currently without a dominant Male.

Adam Bannister
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Thank you James. Much appreciated. Seems like never ending fun and games in the lion world. Any sightings of remaining Mapogo since I left?

Charlie Wemyss-Dunn
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Quick question: Why don’t the younger South pride/males join up with the older South males in the west of the Sabi Sand/Singita area? Since both sets of these lions are originally from the same pride they presumably would not try to kill each other.

Thanks for all the information.

Shirley
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Thank you very much for the update. I will surely follow the dynamics. I have a question: did the cub who was wandering alone and was seen by ranger Melvin Sambo, find it’s mother?

Shirley
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Hi Shirley, Yes he did. He was back with the pride the next day. It was not a real small cub. It was one of the Sub Adult males. There are four Sub adult Males in this pride. Two looking older than the other two.

MJ
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Wow, the landscape is forever in flux. I hope these young boys can find a place to keep safe while they continue to mature. It is a tough world out there for lions. Each day brings its own set of obstacles to overcome.. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and the goings on in the family of the lions.

Graham
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Nice one JT!… good to get an update mate

Carsten
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I find it hard to believe sometimes that those cubs won’t know the Selati’s, but, then again, a different time, a different era.

Paul
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The Mapogos have not been seen since Jan it that correct?

Rich Laburn
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As far as we know that is correct Paul.

Shirley
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Update for those who don’t know. The pride finally battled it out with the two males known as Solo and Cleo, Sparta/eyefield males last night. Solo and Cleo got the worst end of the deal, but it was said they would recover. All the Southern pride is accounted for, 7 adult Lionesses, 6 Sub adults, two being females, and four being males, one female cub, (Three cubs were lost over the lion warfare, two females and one male) and KNP still reigns as the pride male at this time. I am not sure if the four Sub adults mentioned above are still separated from the pride. (Two Males, Two Females) I am still trying to get that info. Hopefully this comment helps out a bit on sorting it all out.

Kate Neill
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Shirley,

Thank you so much for your updates, it makes it a lot easier to put all the pieces together!

Kindest regards,
Kate

Shirley
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You Welcome Kate!

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