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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 Tsalala Pride: Feeling the Squeeze

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Shardool Kulkarni
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Are the Mhangeni Females significantly larger than most lionesses? It was mentioned in the post regarding the Sparta and Mhangeni Prides that the Mhangeni females are larger than them. Are the Mhangeni Females larger than their own mothers too (i.e. Tailed and Tail less Tsalala Females)? They really seem to be dominating all the prides on Londolozi. By the way, how many cubs are left in the Sparta Pride now?

James T
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Hi Shardool,

5 youngsters left in the Sparta Pride; 4 males and 1 female.
The Mhangeni lionesses, although still young, are definitely big individuals. Their mothers are large lionesses as well, so this was only to be expected.
They are not as big as their mothers, though. Yet…
James

mike
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Thanks James! does it seem the sub is finally accepted at all times? She looks good in the photos, how long until she loses the “sub” moniker, thanks again.

James T
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Hi Mike,

Good call, I reckon now is as good a time as any to drop it! We may refer to her as that occasionally from now but will try refrain from doing so. Unfortunately she is still getting chased by the Majingilane regularly, although not by the Dark-maned male. Maybe because he has been spending so much time with the pride in an attempt to mate with the tailless lioness, he has familiarised himself with the young lioness far more than the other three males.

James

mike
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Thanks James!!

Virtuel Bliss
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I am glad the Tsalala sub adult lioness is growing strong in in good shape. She used to be chased around by the Majingilanes, but she fought back valiantly. She will grow into a strong lioness in about 6 months.http://notch-masaimara.blogspot.com/2014/01/blog-post_3715.html

MJ
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Thank you for the update.. Lions and their ever changing territories.. Makes for interesting reading.

Graham
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well written dude – great update

Matt Evans
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Not half bad for the great Majinge’s either! Still being adequately fed by the two prides I’d assume JT..

James T
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They wish! Unfortunately for them the prides are taking down a lot of smaller game at the moment in the form of wildebeest calves and impala, so there’s generally not a lot to go around. The Tsalalas have actually taken down a couple of kudu recently though.
If the males happen to be on hand during the hunt, then dinner is on the table, but the Majingis have been looking particularly skinny of late…

Sandy Johnson
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James, or anyone, can you clarify that the Tsalala tribe you are talking about are the two lionesses (one now tailless) that each had 4 cubs when I was there in August 2011. I believe all cubs except one female were lost, so I am assuming the sub-adult you mention is the remaining one. That would make her almost three years old if that is correct. After I visited Londolozi, the original Tailless returned with three or four of her daughters and they were referred to as the Breakaway Tsalala tribe. Are they still in the area? I know original Tailless recently died. Thank you for the update.

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Is Tsalala prides daughters of Mapogo? If not, which pride is?
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