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Amy Attenborough

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Amy worked at Londolozi from 2014 to 2017, guiding full time before moving into the media department, where her photographic and story-telling skills shone through. Her deep love of all things wild and her spiritual connection to Africa set her writing and guiding ...

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on Lioness Survives Attack From Clan of Hyenas

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sasha
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Was she a mhangeni lioness ?

Amy Attenborough
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Hi Sasha. Yes, she was a Mhangeni breakaway lioness..

Kim Sams
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Fabulous footage!

Ginger Brucker
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Intense!

Gillian Evans
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Phew! She’s survived to fight another day!

Jill Larone
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I’m relieved she managed to get away without serious injury! Thanks for the post and amazing picture and video Amy!

Barbara Weyand
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I have enjoyed every one of the Londolozi posts, and look forward to re-experiencing my wonderful stay through your posts.

Jonathan banks
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Where were your dominant Males during all this commotion? I have heard a single Male Lion can fend off 25/30 Hyenas.

Amy Attenborough
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Hi Jonathan. The coalition were separate from each other at this point. One was with a lioness close to the river and the other was in the vicinity. With all the commotion, he did come into the area to investigate but only got there once the hyenas had moved off and the lioness had descended the tree. Had he been there, the hyenas would have been far more wary!

Bob
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Awesome shot of the lioness and the hyenas! Very pleased she escaped. BTW, what were the camera settings?

MJ Bradley
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Wow! my heart was pounding watching the video, I can’t imagine what your hearts were doing watching this in person.. so glad the Mhangeni lioness made good her escape. Thank you for sharing!

Tim Musumba
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What did the Hyenas want from her?!Was it a kill that she had and they tried to wrestle it away from the lioness?

Amy Attenborough
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Hi Tim. No she didn’t have a kill but lions and hyenas are long-standing enemies. They compete for similar resources, are a threat to each other’s young and are stacked close to one another on the predator hierarchy. Thus as a result if hyenas have the opportunity to attack a lion they will and vice versa. This lioness was separated from her pride for some reason and when she stumbled across this group of hyenas she found herself outnumbered and they took advantage of this. I hope that helps! Thanks Amy

Krishna Gailey
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Amy thank you for your excellent story and video of the Mhangeni lioness, so pleased she escaped relatively unscathed from those hyenas. Never a dull day at Londolozi.

Mauricia
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Now that was intense!!! I look forward to your daily blog post. Thank you for sharing.

Linda Polley
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Amy, How do the lion prides and leopards get their names?

Vicky Sanders
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That’s a complicated story! This may help a little http://blog.wildearth.tv/2016_10_01_archive.html

Mike D
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That was some incredible footage of an amazing age old rivalry. I wish there was more footage. She was heavily outnumbered and could have been seriously hurt or killed. Too bad her pride mates and the male did not get there sooner or the altercation could have turned out much differently. Amazing rivalry between these super predators. Great footage. I’m curious if this pride and clan have had other documented battles and if these altercations are common.

Bruce Robertson
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Great read Amy – thanks so much, you lucky thing! Hope you well, Bruce

Marinda Drake
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Lucky escape. Incredible sighting.

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