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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 Matimba Males Chase Mhangeni Females

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Cameron
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Are these majingilane Cubs

Amy Attenborough
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Hi Cameron. Yes the Mhangeni pride’s cubs are fathered by the Majingilane.

Jill Larone
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Great update James. Let’s hope the cubs stay safe. It will be difficult for the Tsalala and Mhangeni Lionesses, with the different coalitions roaming through Londolozi, to safeguard their cubs…but they are good mothers and very smart. Let’s also hope that luck is on their side.

Amy Andrus
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Thank you for update, beautiful photos!!

west
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how come the matimbas have cubs with tsalala pride which has 4 sub adult lions from majingilanes? did they kill them?

Amy Attenborough
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Hi. No they haven’t killed them. One of the adult lionesses from the Tsalala pride (the tailless lioness) has taken the cubs and moved them further east into an area that the Matimba males do not venture in order to ensure their safety. The remaining two lionesses have stayed behind and and mated with the Matimba males hence the two new young additions to the pride.

rex
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Hi! why did the mhangeni split from tsalala pride? will the mhangeni males will leave their pride this year?

Amy Attenborough
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Hi Rex. The history of the split is quite a long and complex one but basically the arrival of the Majingilane to Londolozi meant that the Tsalala pride’s youngsters were in danger (because their father’s were the Mapogo). As a result, one of the lionesses moved west with the cubs and raised them to independence separately. Those youngsters never re-joined the pride as they grew older and essentially formed the break away, Mhangeni pride. In response to your second question, the Mhangeni males are about 3 years old now and are spending longer and longer periods exploring away from the pride. They are likely to become fully independent some time this year.

west
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thank you

rex
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Amy thank you

Cameron
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Do you know If any selati males are still alive

Alexis
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There is no update of Majingilanes mating with Mhangeni pride recently, who pregnant those two Mhangeni lionesses who are about to give birth?

Cesar
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Those Mhangeni new cubs are Matimbas offsprings. Because i haven’t of Majingilanes mating with Mhangeni pride. I did once read from Singita that Matimba Male mating was seen mating with Mhangeni lioness for 5 days.

Alejandro Mora
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The lioness that give birth to 4 cubs a few months ago was Pregnant by Majingilanes but the other cubs born are fathered by Matimbas.

Brent
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I think from those 4 cubs (fathered by Majingilane) only two are alive. And Alejandro agree with you. Because Rob said there has been no interaction of Majingilanes with Mhangeni pride recently.

Suzanne
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Looks like Matimbas have mated with some of the females but they are now after the other females of the pride. Recently a Mhangeni lioness was seen in Djuma, the same day the Matimba Males were reported in Simbambili. The other members of the pride were also reported on Elephant Plains and simbambili on the same day also.

Wayne
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Matimbas are the best Males.

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