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Sean Cresswell

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Sean is one of the humblest rangers you are likely to meet. Quietly going about his day, enriching the lives of the many guests he takes out into the bush, it is only when he posts a Week in Pictures or writes an ...

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on Lion Update: The Young Males of the Sparta Pride

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JeniferWestphal
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Sean, thank you for a brilliant update! Wow, a lot has happened since we left! Looking forward to hearing how this story unfolds….

Sean Cresswell
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My pleasure, Jenifer. Yes, the storyline continues to unfold! We will keep you updated… Keep well!

Ezequiel Almada
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It seems that the pride’s name suits them well, they are spartans after all. It’s really great to see the other sons of the Majingilane grow stronger and confident, and also beautiful. I’m sure that if they stick together(as their fathers do) they will have what it takes to survive and in the future be the kings in some territory.
Great update Sean, it’s amazing to see a living part of the Majingilane legacy.
If I can ask you Sean, do you think it’s too wild to expect the two sets of brothers(Fourways and Styx males)to form a bigger coalition, given that they are brothers?or they are set to be enemies?
Thank you so much for keeping us informed.

Sean Cresswell
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Hi Ezequiel, thank you for your interest! As I often say, it is arrogant of us to say what we think will happen out here as all these wild animals are the true participators in nature, and nothing they ever do is considered ‘by the book’, right or wrong. As such, there is certainly a possibility that the two coalitions could merge to form a much stronger coalition of four males. However, going by what is commonly observed these two coalitions are close to two years apart in age which may deter the Fourways males from letting the younger Styx boys join. We have, however, seen the late Mapogo coalition employ the experience of a much older male during their reign a long time ago. In this particular context, though, I would be surprised if the Fourways and Styx males unite as we have already tracked evidence of the two coalitions coming into conflict around our eastern boundary, resulting in both fleeing the area. But we never know what could happen and we await the answer, keeping you posted along the way!

Selven Govender
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Hi..I enjoy reading the stories from Londolozi..I just spent a few days again in Kruger and i enjoy wildlife so much in its natural habitat that one day i would love to come and see all of londolozi.

Keep posting them

‘I ENJOY JUST GETTING THE GOOD FEEL READING

Sean Cresswell
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That is great, Selven, keep on reading and definitely keep visiting the wild! We will keep the posts coming, but looking forward to your visit!

Selven
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Thank you Sean for acknowledging my comments ..Its greatly appreciated.

I am WILD LIFE CRAZY

Sean R
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Thanks for the lion update. I enjoy the other articles, but HAVE to read the lion updates as soon as they appear in my inbox.

Sean Cresswell
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That’s great to hear, Sean, as all of the posts are interesting but I agree with you in that the lion updates are so exciting – these animals have such rapidly changing associations at the moment! Will keep you posted…

Kevin
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Thank you Sean! Love the Sparta pride and love those males since seeing them +1 sub (before Styx run in) last August. I am so happy that all remaining are well!

Sean Cresswell
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Thanks, Kevin. Yes the pride took a bit of a knock a year ago leading up to August but have consolidated very well. The three young males are now with the pride and looking good. We still expect them to make a permanent departure, together, sometime soon.

Arden Zalman
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Can’t wait for the next chapter in the saga of Londolozi lions.

Brian C
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The leopards are my favorite but the lions are so interesting right now. I’m glad the 3rd Sparta young male is ok. What will happen next? I don’t know, but I will stay tuned.

Sean Cresswell
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Brian, the leopards are my favourite to photograph, but there is no denying the interesting changes in lion dynamics and their viewing addiction. They make for great observation! Am also awaiting the next chapter in the young Sparta males’ saga.

Bette jamarik
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Just left Londolizi yesterday! These updates on the lions and leopards will keep me feeling I’m still there – until returning next May. B Jamarik.

Sean Cresswell
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Great! Then keep your ear to the ground, B. And we look forward to your return!

Rebecca
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Hello is this the same pride that fathered the 5 lions, pretty boy, scar, rasta, Mr t, kinky tail, have just watched a TV documentary about them such a force to be reckoned with, such a shame the way Mr t and kinky tail died, I find lions very fascinating, and one day will visit South Africa to photograph them,
Hope to hear back from you soon, xx

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