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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 Mhangeni Pride: More Cubs Than Last Time

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Themba
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James thanks for the update. Am interested to know if the Majingilanes have finally fought with the Matimbas. And where is the BBoys in all this? Or we have new lions coming up? I am sure the Majingilanes have now surpassed Mapogos?

James Tyrrell
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There has not been a significant interaction for awhile as far as we know Themba, although three of the Majingilane were seen on Londolozi about a month ago.
It is almost certain the Mhangeni cubs are fathered by the Majingilane.

Chris
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Hi James. Thanks for the update. Did the Majingilanes sire the new set of Mhangeni cubs? Also, who have the Breakaway females been mating with?

James Tyrrell
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Hi Chris, that is correct, the Majingilane almost certainly sired the new Mhangeni cubs.
The breakaways, meanwhile, have been mating with the Matimba males.

James Bond
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Great write up. But the article is confusing. Can’t tell who are Majingilane cubs, who are Matimbas cubs. Can anyone explain please.

Alexandra
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They sired more cubs this time maybe because of dark maned Hairy Belly Matimba. His cubs would have more chances of survival.

Alexandra
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I think i haven’t heard of an update of Mhangeni interacting with Majingilane over the last year. Also their territory as shown above doesn’t extend to Majingilane territory. Doubt Majingilane sired the new cubs. Likely fayhers are Matimba Males.

Shawn Alaba
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Chris… The new set of Mhangeni cubs are sired by Matimba Males.

Messi World
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The adult lionesses have brought their cubs into Matimba territory very often which is enough for us to believe that those cubs are Matimba Hairy Belly cubs.

James Tyrrell
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That is not conclusive enough proof unfortunately, and in terms of being in Matimba territory, they have only brought the cubs into the very fringes of the areas in which the Matimbas appear.
It is generally accepted by those on the ground here that the cubs are fathered by the Majingilane.

Rafael Avila
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James Tyrrell, i think Majingilane intially did well to protect the cubs from dangers but they didn’t give 100% to allow those previous litter of 9 cubs to reach adulthood. They abandoned the pride early leaving the responsiblity of the cubs to the Mhangeni lionesses. And the lionesses did very well.
And another thing i want to add is that you guys need to clear the confusion of the Mhangeni cubs fatherhood. Since its obvious that there has not been any sort of Majingilane/Mhangeni interaction over the last year. We need to accept that the Matimba Males are the fathers of those cubs.

James Tyrrell
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Rafael it is almost certainly the Majingilane that are the fathers of the cubs, not the Matimbas. They were seen mating with the Mhangeni adult lionesses in Singita and further west.
The Breakaway Mhangeni females have been mating with the Matimba males however, so should they have cubs within the next year it is almost certain they will have been fathered by the Matimbas.

James Tyrrell
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The bottom line:
It is always possible for the Mhangeni lionesses to have mated with the Matimbas without anyone having witnessed it.
Given that different male lions can sire different cubs in the same litter, it would therefore be impossible to conclude with any amount of certainty who the actual fathers of the cubs are.
In a litter of 6 it would be hypothetically possible to have both Matimbas as well as all four Majingilane each fathering one cub….

We cannot therefore say for sure, despite far more mating interaction having taken place between the Mhangeni adults and the Majingilane. We have also yet to see the Matimba males with the cubs. On the contrary, the Majingilane have been spending a lot of time with the youngsters and the adult females.

sasha
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http://blog.londolozi.com/2016/01/lion-update-coalition-collision-course/
This mentions mating between adult mhangeni lioness and matimba
could this mean at least some were fathered by matimbas even if the matimbas dont know it themselves

Rafael Avila
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Thanks James.

Jill Larone
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Thanks for the great update James. It’s very exciting to think that, once again, there are Majingilane cubs! I hope they will be able to provide more protection for the cubs this time and not leave the Mhangeni lionesses to struggle on their own, as they did last year.

barbara jones
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Great work!

Nora Abdu
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Since the last Mhangeni male has died, Big Boy, everyone is truly heartbroken 😭💔 I don’t know much about the pride but I’ve had many people ask me about the mother and father of the 12 cubs. Could you please tell me what happened to them? And why were the male cubs expelled from the pride? It’s all confusing as to why their parents would expell them from the pride. Thank you 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻

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