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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 Lion Warfare: Majingilane Chase Matshipiri Male

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Blair S
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What an amazing blog James Majingilane are an amazing coalition of tactions as always but I am wondering have the Matshapiri males actually done anything in the sense of interaction with the prides since they showed up and is that 1 lioness still with the,? Also those young Birminghams up in the north are starting too get very confident challenging the Matimbas for the Styx pride and roaring all over Ararthusa, Elephant Plains, Djuma, Chitwa Chitwa might not be too long before they come down your way.

Jo
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What a scene! Majingis are incredible. Thanks for sharing this amazing story.

Barbara Mould
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How exciting! Your words conveyed the adrenaline so well James – wish I’d been on the back of your vehicle!

marinda drake
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Wow James. You are a great story teller. I felt the excitement and adrenaline rush reading this blog. An incredible experience.

Loretta Z
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I can barely contain my excitement! What an amazing, unbelievable, and completely mesmerizing blog. I think the guests that saw this were the luckiest guests in the world. I’d give almost anything to have been there and be that close to 3 of the Majingilane kings.

Ezequiel Almada
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Amazing blog James.
And some of your words are the same as my own, when talking about how well the Majingilane know to play the game of war.
This is exactly what makes them Kings and one more reason for loving them.

Norberto
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What is the aproximated age of the Majingilane? I wonder how many years they have at their prime.

James Tyrrell
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Hi Noberto,
We believe them to be somewhere in the region of 11 years old, give or take a year.
The average tenure of a male lion over a pride/territory is roughly two years, but obviously a larger coalition would have an advantage.
a reign of 5 years and counting, like the Majingilane have had, is exceptional going!

James

Tony Goldman
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Fabulous blog and so well presented -really enjoyed it.

Kevin
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Thank you for sharing this story! Well done JT and co.

MJ
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Great blog! after reading the blog then watching the video, you know exactly what they were doing and when. Not time yet to count out this coalition of warriors. Thank you for sharing!

Brian C
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Fantastic blog. The male lions seem ready to confront one another. The next few months are going to be very interesting. Who will control the Central Sabi Sands? How will the Tsalala and Sparta prides fare? Stay tuned.

Jill Grady
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Fantastic blog and great story telling James! What an exciting experience! I love the Majingilane…they’re so regal and powerful and still firmly in control. I hope it stays that way for some time to come yet.

mike
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Also Hip Scar has had a bad leg for quite awhile that could be why he was reluctant to run

James Tyrrell
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Hi Mike,

A very good observation. He has indeed had a bad leg for awhile now, so his reluctance to enter into the chase may have been for that reason as well.

James

Jo
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Hi James, as you have observed, is Hip Scar’s leg still that bad? Thx!

Judy B.
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Very well done and an amazing video!

Mary Beth Wheeler
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It’s hard to add to all the comments above, James! Great storytelling on your part and the video made me feel some of the excitement of the evening! As usual, wish I’d been there!

Laura Eberly
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Fantastic blog! Takes me back, Lions are so close to “old world mafia” . Family is so very important as is territory. I adore these creatures, thank you for taking such good care to protect the land and its animals.

Lizeka Masilela
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Thanks for sharing with us such magnificent photos.

Mike Ryan
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Thanks James, brings the bush back as I travel on the London Underground. I can almost smell and taste it.

Jo
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Hi James, sorry but one more question: when did the chase take place? Was it the end of July or just couples of days ago? I saw Dark Mane from The Week in Pictures #193, but you said in this blog that he stayed at the West when the chase happened. Did the majingis visit Londolozi twice?

James Tyrrell
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Hi Jo.

The incident in the post above took place a couple of weeks ago (late July) but the Majingilane did visit Londolozi more than that over the course of a few weeks, although they stayed much further west each time, and in no other incident did they display such aggression. The second visit was only a few days after the one in this post, and the three Majingilane that came across that time were Dark Mane, Scar-nose and Missing Canine. They chased one of the Styx males through camp early in the morning, but eventually let him be and moved back west.
I know they have been seen once or twice around our western boundary as well, where possibly Andrea’s photos were taken.
Hope that helps.

James

Jo
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Thank you James!!! Really helpful information.

Jessica M
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Love this story. What tribe are the two young males in? I believe they travel alone and was told they would likely have conflict with other males in the next 6 months or so?

James Tyrrell
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Hi Jessica,

The two young males are from a group of lions called the Matshipiri pride, that have moved into the area from the Kruger National park over the course of the last 6 months or so. The two males generally travel together yet the female is not seen with them all that often.
The conflict with other males has, it seems, already begun…

James

Kim Sams
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I wish I had been sitting around the fire in the boma listening to you tell this amazing story!! While reading it, my heart was racing and I could see the action playing out in my head. We were thrilled to see the Matshipiri males and female in May but were disappointed that the Majingilane “kings” weren’t on property. Hopefully we will see them next time!! Thanks for sharing this amazing experience!

James Tyrrell
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Hi Kim,
Thanks for your kind comments. It certainly was an incredible thing to witness!
Hopefully on your next visit the Majingilane return…
James

addam
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Still not as strong as the Mapogos ( when they were at their prime ) , but yes the magingalanes know when to advance and when to retreat . The mapogos never knew what surrendering meant as they never would retreat .Im a bit bias to the Mapogos 🙂

James Tyrrell
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Hi Addam,
The Mapogo were certainly a frighteningly powerful group of lions and their reputation speaks for itself.
However, as a functional reproductive coalition, they fell far short of the mark. Have a look at these two posts for an idea: http://blog.londolozi.com/2012/03/lion-warfare-the-end-of-an-era/ looks at some stats in the reduction of lion populations in the west of the Sabi Sands as a result of the Mapogo’s arrival.
http://blog.londolozi.com/2015/06/happy-fathers-day-to-the-majingilane/ looks at the Majingilane’s success rate as fathers so far.

Thanks for the comments!
James

Mike D
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the anticipation of the second part to this story was worth the wait. The dynamics of the male lion coalitions is intense. The swagger and confidence of fully grown males is amazing as the one Matshipiri male easily drove off the whole clan only to be driven off. the kill by the Majingilane males. At 11 years old they still maintain the confidence to challenge the younger males though their time is running out. these interactions are amazing. nowhere else is are these intimate accounts of well known lions shared for everyone to learn about. I can’t wait to get more updates on these incredible lion dynamics.

S.w. Tsang
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i just feel bad for the lionesses who had spent so much energy to bring down a meal . And was stole from those hyenas

Randy
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Great story, just started reading on the Matshapiri males. What happened to the injured male?

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