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Amy Attenborough

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Amy worked at Londolozi from 2014 to 2017, guiding full time before moving into the media department, where her photographic and story-telling skills shone through. Her deep love of all things wild and her spiritual connection to Africa set her writing and guiding ...

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on Lion Update: The Matshapiri Newcomers. Who Are They and Where Have They Come From?

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Blair S
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Great blog Amy really interesting with this new group I for one hope they stick around but time will tell. Have the Majingilane pretty much completely abandoned Londolozi?

Amy Attenborough
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Hi Blair. No I wouldn’t say they’ve completely abandoned the territory but their presence is becoming less and less common here. Their apparent lack of a reaction to these newcomers has also left us with questions about whether they are scared to take on the new coalition or if they are just unfazed by it. It certainly is a very interesting time to be watching the dynamics unfold.

Justin
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Apparently there are another two females who arent with this breakaway at the moment. Original composition 3 F, 2 YM

Amy Attenborough
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That’s really interesting! Thanks Justin. All the information I had found on this pride was just about the three of them. Do you know when they were last seen with the other two females? And do you have any idea where they were originally from? Also are the three females from their natal pride?

Justin
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Apologies for the delayed response, didnt get an email re your reply. Origin is around the Skukuza area of KNP and I’ll check and let you know when they were last seen.

Marinda Drake
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Interesting blog. Great video.

Jenifer Westphal
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Thanks for the update Amy, very exciting times for sure!

Lynne
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Do you approach this group of lions as you were with the Majingilane? Do you have to stay farther away with the vehicles. I was fascinated on our drives with how close we came to the lions. I love your blogs. Thank you

Amy Attenborough
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Hi Lynne. Thank you so much. Yes we definitely have to stay further away from these lions than the Majingilane, although they are more confident at night with vehicles than they are during the day. We are not sure where they were born so maybe they didn’t experience many vehicles when they were young and around Skukuza they possibly move off the roads where no one can follow them meaning they are just not as used to being viewed as the Majingilane.

Jill Grady
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Great blog Amy! I love hearing about the Lion dynamics. Interesting how confident this new group is…vocalizing and scent marking. I really hope the Majingilane are not gone for good…they are so regal and incredible to see. Thanks for the update!

S.w. Tsang
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NEVER TOO MANY LIONS FOR ME OR FOR THE WILD . ONE LONELY LIONESS HATE TO SEE HER GETTING HER SHARE OF ANY KILL

Janice Riley
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Fascinating watching the lion dynamics unfold. Can you please tell me how the various lion groups get their name.

Amy Attenborough
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Hi Janice. Normally prides will be named based on the area that they are territorial but to be honest we don’t know how this pride got its name. We are still trying to find out more information about them so if anyone else can shed some more light on their origins and movements, that would be great.

Rich Laburn
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Thanks for the blog updates and images which are brilliant. Its really interesting to see how many different coalitions could potentially fill the void left by the Majingilane..

Wendy Hawkins
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Well that is certainly giving all in the Conservancy something interesting to watch & see where it goes & what comes of this “new” addition to the Lion dynamics. I am quite glad that they are shy of the vehicles as, like all wild creatures, they are just that WILD!! Thanks Amy

Misba
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There were reports that as soon matshipiri male sensed the nearness of majingalani ran away from buffalo feeding and then united with brother started making calls ????

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