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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 Where Have the Matimba Males Gone?

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Vinay Kumar
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Tintswalo Reported: Yesterday they were heard roaring between tintswalo and Ngala boundary. There other brothers have all been killed. Only one is reported alive. They are late.

James Tyrrell
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Thanks Vinay, that’s interesting to hear…

Bumblebee
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How can the matimba males be chased off by the matimba males? Are they afraid of their own shadows ? Haha! I hope that they are ok the birmingham boys have numbers on their side unless the matimba regroup full force all 6 of them?
I believe that the matimba are very wise and know when to stay clear of a big threat like a 5 strong coalition especially the birmingham boys. The matimba 2 strong can only bide their time and take down one lion at a time as a 2 strong coalition like kinky tail and mr t with 1 majingilane .
But get away whilst the loss is fresh and things cool down then return and commit to repeat the same move once again bringing their coalition down one by one.

James Tyrrell
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Haha thanks for noticing that Typo; have changed it! Interesting to hear Vinay’s report that only one of the Northern Matimbas is still alive…

Mike Ryan
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Fascinating stuff James, could it be they were nervous of the return of the Majingilane marking their territory on the airstrip as of old roaring at night. I read they had also had some close interaction between them and the Matshipiri males on Mala Mala before Christmas? Hope the Tsalala can keep their young away from the other coalitions.

James Tyrrell
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Hi Mike,
Yip I hear there have been some close encounters between the two coalitions on MM. Interesting times ahead…

Shawn
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Matimbas are around 12 years old now. They should call it end and live silently. Their time is up. There are new rulers now.

Kumar
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Please find out more about them

Cameron
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Any idea where they are now

Adil Art
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Please come back matimbas.

Abbaas
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Maybe he Matimbas are beginning to realize that they need the support of their northern brothers if they are to establish a stable territory on Lonodlozi soil or the surrounding areas. That may explain why they suddenly headed north after exploring the south and realizing there were strong, estalished male lion coalitions in all directions. Perhaps the Matimbas were trying to accomplish something similar to what Mr T did back in 2010: fetching his western brothers when he realized he was outnumbered by the Majingilanes 4-1 in the east.

Kathy
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Beautiful lions

Kathy
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Beautiful lions I love keeping in touch

Kathy
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Rest In Peace hip scar male youcare a true handsome lion

Hsun
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Where is the northern matimba,thanks!

James Tyrrell
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Hsun apparently only one is still alive, but that is a second hand report, and unconfirmed…

GM/3 tooth Majingilane
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Come back dearest Matimbas do you have any more information after you wrote this article do tell us

Mike Ryan
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Do let us know if you get more info

James Tyrrell
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Will do!

Perine
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Amazing how one can become so familiar with all these individual lions through your stories. I love reading all your blog posts but am especially happy when it is an update on the lions 🙂
Visiting Londolozi is on my bucket list unless of course, I win the Euro millions in which case I am booking the very first flight for an extended visit 🙂
Love reading your blog – thank you!

Chris
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Hi James, is it possible that the matimbas are regrouping with the northern matimbas to go against the birmingham coalition?

Chris
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Or even going against now the 3 majingianes

Mike Ryan
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Been tracking lions again on the Web http://wildfact.com/forum/topic-the-matimba-coalition?page=29
seems the 2 “Southern Matimbas” are in Tintswalo and the last “northern Matimba” is at Umlani Bush Camp. Speculation is they may join up but will they come back to Londo?

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