A few days ago, James Tyrrell wrote a blog on the rise and fall of specific animals popularity and it was mentioned that the Nanga cubs were definitely shining brighter than most amongst the Leopards of Londolozi. So I thought it only fair to give some of our Londolozi lions a bit of time in the lime light. The Tsalala females have gone from strength to strength even though earlier this year they suffered the tragic loss of their mother, the original tailless female.
At a time there was speculation on whether or not the tailed female was going to be able to keep these cubs alive and well. This speculation has been proven wrong, so far, to the relief of all and the cubs have been seen with their mother and the other females on a kill to the east of Londolozi recently. The tailed female is indeed walking in her mothers footsteps and has been a fantastic mom since the birth of her four cubs in July. With the help of the other three females these cubs are happy and healthy.
There is a possibility that these cubs are soon going to be sharing the lime light with additions to this pride. The ranging team is under speculation that the tailless female is pregnant. She has been spending a lot of time hunting in the river around Plaque rock and they think that she will have her den somewhere close. The Dark-Maned Majingilane has also been spending a lot of time with the four females and has been providing them with extra protection.
Since the first sightings of these young cubs they have provided our ranging team and guests alike hours of wonderful entertainment. We will be keeping an eye on the tailless female but while these little ones are still getting the ‘lions feed’ of the attention we will give it to them. Londolozi’s filmaker, Rich Laburn, made sure that he gave them a share of his attention behind the camera and managed to capture this great movie of them playing with mom:
Written by Kate Neill
Photographed by James Tyrrell and Kate Neill
Filmed by Rich Laburn