I hope she makes it. She appears thin. I wonder if she is a lone lioness. How unusual for males to maul and attack a female instead of trying to mate. I hope she moves onward into another area and meets a mate who wants to start a pride with her. Thank You for all your hard work !!
Marc Lindsay-Rae from Africa Direct. was at Londolozi Game Reserve recently. Have a look at some of the stunning photographs he managed to capture of the Scar-nosed Majingilane fighting with the sub-adult Tsalala lioness. As mentioned in previous posts, this unfortunate young lioness has led a disrupted and traumatic life due to her poor relationship with the dominant coalition. The scar-nose and dark-maned males in particular have been seen to maul her on a number of occasions.
Marc was kind enough to divulge his camera settings for the sighting.
“I was shooting with a Nikon D3s with the 200-400mm Nikon f4 lens. My settings were as follows. ISO 1600 because of the low light, to increase my shutter speed to 1000th of a second. Shot at 340mm at f4″
Photographed by Marc Lindsay-Rae
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This female is just too young to be mated with so the males still see her as a “cub” that they obviously don’t believe carries their genes – their natural instinct is to kill such cubs. If she can just hang on for a few more months though then she should be ready to mate and the males behaviour towards her should change. Unfortunately for now, the males don’t have the foresight to look look that far ahead!