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Callum Gowar

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Growing up in Cape Town, the opposite end of South Africa from its main wildlife areas, didn't slow Callum down when embarking on his ranger training at Londolozi at the start of 2015. He had slowly begun moving north-east through the country anyway, ...

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on Can Lions Plan?

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Jill Larone
Explorer

Great post, Callum, and fantastic pictures! The Tailless Lioness is such a smart lady and a great mother. I hope she will be able to keep these cubs safe and they have long lives ahead of them.

Mary Beth Wheeler
Guest contributor

Really nice story, Callum. Love the expression on the face of the little cub upon meeting up with her Mum!

Alison Smith
Explorer

great post !Tailless Lioness doing what mothers do best! one senses the happiness in the cubs face!

Susan Strauss
Digital Ranger

Love love love!!

Eulalia Angédu
Explorer

The close bonding between the lionesses and the cubs signifies theme of love in the wild.Even after the loss of a life the blood on the lionesses mouths still brings out an undeniable beauty Awesome pictures CALLUM!Keep up the good work.

Callum Evans
Guest contributor

I think predators definetely have the intelligence needed to plan. I’ve read that’s due in part to their diet of meat, which increases brain size (in most cases), and often their prey is hard to catch and this requires a bigger brain that enables predators like lions and tiger to formulate something similar to what we would describe as a plan or strategy.

Marinda Drake
Master Tracker

Lions are very intelligent. I am sure as they do plan a hunt they can plan to ensure the survival of the cubs. We saw the Tsalalas in 2016 killing a young nyala. The tailless, her sister and the younger lioness knew exactly what to do. Each had their role to play.

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