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Sean Cresswell

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Sean is one of the humblest rangers you are likely to meet. Quietly going about his day, enriching the lives of the many guests he takes out into the bush, it is only when he posts a Week in Pictures or writes an ...

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on The Unfinished Tale of the Tailless Female

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Starwars
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I think last month or 2 months ago they went to idube and met their fathers and stay for a couple of weeks

Jo
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Great blog! By the missing male do you refer to http://blog.londolozi.com/2015/11/tsalala-young-male-in-trouble/ http://blog.londolozi.com/2015/11/tsalala-young-male-in-trouble/injury-2/ this boy? I am glad to see he’s fully recovered and strong!

sau
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thank u . so happy to know this tailess warrior and her adopted kids are still alive and striving.

Leslie Backus
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I know you don’t name individual female lions but when I read about the tailless female from now on I am going to think of her as”Sage” because she has such great wisdom, judgement, and experience.

MJ Bradley
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She is one amazing lioness! I hope she does rejoin the Tsalala pride it would be much easier for her in the future. She sure doesn’t look her 14 yrs.

Jill Larone
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Beautiful, strong Tailless female — she is the ultimate protector. I hope she is home on Londolozi to stay now, but feel sadness that the three sub-adult males will not be able to remain as well. They have all learnt well from her and I’m hoping they will all have a long life ahead.

Cynthia House
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What a wonderful uplifting and positive story about these lions, thank you.

Debbie and Frank Kohlenstein
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Thanks for the well written piece about the tailless female and the sub adults with her. Our friends remembered her and were excited to hear of the sighting. Thank you, Sean, for transporting us back to the special place called Londolozi.

TED SWINDON
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HI SEAN,
THANKS FOR A GREAT BLOG AND FOR THE PHOTOGRAPHS.
IT IS SO NICE TO HEAR THAT THIS FEMALE IS STILL AROUND AND THAT SHE IS LOOKING SO GOOD!
I HOPE TO SEE YOU IN DECEMBER.
KIND REGARDS,
TED.

David
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This is by far my most favorite lion! I was there in May, 2014, when all 4 cubs were just months old. She protected them like they were her own. She is such a confidant individual and accomplished hunter, no other lion could have done what she did with those 4 cubs!!

Dipti Pandey
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My husband and I were there at the end of November 2015. We heard all about her and the unique hunting abilities of the Tsalala pride from our wonderful ranger Dave Strachan. I had such a strong desire to see her while I was there but because of the pride split she and the sub adults had not been seen in Londolozi for two months. I gave up all hope of seeing her … then lo and behold! one morning Dave got a call that two members of the Tsalala pride had been spotted. We raced to see if she was one of them and sure enough she was just lying there on an outcrop with the inured male. She is truly a magnificent lioness! I have a picture of her hanging in my study and every time I look up from the computer I see her …she teaches me resilience.

Dan
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Awesome write up, Sean! Any chance you saw the Majingilane’s near the Tsalala breakaway pride? Specifically, Scarnose and Hipscar? All 4 Majingilane ventured east about 10 days ago and only Darkmane and Goldmane have been viewed back in the West now. Just wondering if Scarnose and Hipscar bumped into the breakaway pride and were with them for a few days? Thank you and take care!

Sean Cresswell
Safari Guide

Thanks Dan, glad you enjoyed it. No we did not see any of the 4 Majingilane males near the Tsalala or the Tsalala breakaway prides. There were two Majingilane males feeding on a buffalo carcass and also spending time with the Mhangeni pride and then Othawa pride in Singita recently. That is about as far east as they ventured, but I’m sure were still in earshot for the Tsalala breakaways. Keep well!

Bev Goodlace
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Such wonderful news Sean. Thank you for another fantastic blog. Hope to catch up with Tailless and the four young males in December.

Dan
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Thank you for info! Looking forward to the next blog, Cheers!

Catherine Millar
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Thank you for a wonderful story! We saw the tailless female and her youngsters in the spring of 2014. She was quite impressive then. Her children were just fat, fuzzy cubs. They have all proven to be a powerful family. I look forward to hearing more.

Marinda Drake
Master Tracker

After reading this I understand the breakaway saga better. Was never sure how it happened. Is it the sub adult female that got killed the end of last year?

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