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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 Young Male in Trouble

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Ricardo
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Awesome news James! Thanks for that update. A bunch of us had our fingers crossed. After watching the wildearth safaris we weren’t left with much hope. One question though, how do prides find each other when they’re scattered when they’re trying to keep a low profile and not call out for fear of the dominant males in the area?

James T
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Hi Ricardo,
It is mainly through a combination of vocalisation and scent that the pride will reunite. Often the mother will call, in a similar way to a male, to advertise her whereabouts, and the missing individual(s) will hone in on the noise. Sometimes the missing lion(s) will be fortunate enough to cut the scent of the rest of the pride and will follow that trail. Their senses of smell are incredibly acute.

Jo
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Thank you, James, for the amazing blog! Hope the injured boy will reunite with his pride soon.
Have you spotted the Majingis and the Styx males, BTW? Interesting time for lion dynamics in Londolozi.

James T
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Hi Jo,
The Majingilanes have been in and out once or twice, but we haven’t had any consistent viewing of them for awhile.
There has been no sign of the Styx males here for awhile either.

Ann Seagle
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Thanks for catching me up on the amazing lions.

Arden Zalman
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Every day is full of surprises in Londolozi!

mike
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At least he looks like he has not missed a meal!

James T
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Hi Mike,
Sorry i didn’t mention that the photo of the male was actually from a week or two ago, before he was separated from the pride. They had killed a nyala bull in the Manyelethi riverbed and just finished feeding.
I didn’t see the male myself when he was found a couple of days ago, but even if he was hungry then, it’s worth remembering that lions can go for a long time without a decent meal and still be ok. Even up to a week or more.

Loretta Z
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So glad that they are all still alive and well. Hoping his injury heals quickly and he finds the rest of his brothers.

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