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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 What Next for the Tsalala Pride?

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Diane McGee
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James, do you know if the tailless trait is passed down from mother to daughter? Seems too coincidental to be accidental

James Tyrrell
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Hi Diane,

It was not a genetic trait, but nevertheless incredibly coincidental in that both females had their tails bitten off by hyenas in separate incidents about 6 years apart.

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Jo Lynne and Fred Jones
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Thanks for the update, James. The old tailess lioness was the first lion we ever saw in the wild in 2008. We were with Chris and Jerry. She was with a young adult male and a cub at the time. We have since then seen her daughter, the new tailess lioness and marveled at their similar journeys.

Amy Andrus
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Thank you James loved the blog!!

Virginia
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Beautiful!

Jill Larone
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Thanks for the update James. Let’s hope that the next year goes well for the Tsalala lionesses and the pride is able to carry on, with the young cubs surviving.

Ger Potter
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I truly LOVE the TSALALA pride. I have from the moment we first encountered them in 2011 with 4 cubs. I believe all died tragically but the mum was a good one. They seem to survive despite all tragedy and I will continue to cheer for them. Honestly, it is ironic to have two females, mother and daughter, lose their tails and still they persevere. Males come and go, wage war and take the spoils; Shakespearean truly! All hail the Tsalalas, Carry On!

Liz
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Thank you James, it’s great to get news of these wiley, powerful lionesses

James Walker
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Any number of dangers in the life of the pride could account for the tailess lions .I wonder if Rudyard Kipling ((rest his soul) might have a view( ha ha !)
He got the Elephant’s trunk correct!

Dan Harlacher
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Hi James has there been recent sightings of the Birmingham coalition around Londo? Thank you and see you in a few weeks.

Norberto Dellê
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The history of these lionesses is as amazing as the history of Mapogos or the Majingilanes. Thanks for all.

Kate Imrie
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Long Live the Tsalala Pride!!!! Go girls!!!!!

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