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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 On the Run

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marinda drake
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Interesting lion dynamics. I do hope the young Tsalala males stay safe.

Ricardo
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As always, a great read James. How much longer until those young males can leave the pride with a good chance of survival? Also, whatever happened to the Sparta young male that had joined up some weeks back – where is he now?

Donna
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I have the same question as Gary. What happened to the oldest of the Mapogo? Was the other male with him pretty boy or scare? I have read two different stories?
Great blog and love the updates.

Loretta Z
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Great blog and update! I hope the Tsalala boys are able to avoid trouble. Fingers crossed!

Gary
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On an off topic..are all the Mopoga dead? I read that the last 2 of the coalition were on the run couple of years ago but no news after that.

Tim Kim
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As far as I know, Pretty boy was dead because he got TB around the end of 2012 or the early of 2013. As for Big M, I am not sure but maybe he was dead too…

Vicky
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I feel for the young Tsalalas; such a shame their fate is pretty much sealed. The Matimbas are such large commanding males, lovely to look though. We miss seeing them on the WildEarth live drives, but we now have this same craziness going on with the Birminghams moving into the Djuma area. The lion warfare continues, prides hide your young ones. 🙂

Jill Grady
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Tough times ahead for the young Tsalala males. I really hope they survive James. I have the same questions as Ricardo…how much longer do they need…and where is the Sparta young male? Also, is it common for a coalition, as the Majingilane have done, to just leave their offspring unprotected and move off to a new area when they weren’t forced out?

Lizeka Masilela
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We can only hope that the Tsalala elders are safe for the young ones to grow enough to be able to be on their own.

kk
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Doesn’t the Sparta pride inhabit the same area? How many of their females are left?

Joyce
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Update on the Tsalala pride. Five members were seen on Arathusa, near the dam, on Oct. 4 sunrise drive. Three males, one has an injury on its left leg, near the hip. Also had the tailless female and another young female. The pride looks thin and in need of a good meal. They also seem to be stressed and leery of their surroundings. Check out #SafariLive on Twitter for some current pictures of them.

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