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James Tyrrell

Photographic Guide/Media Team

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 Ntsevu Pride Update

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Marinda Drake
Master Tracker

Thanks for the update James. Stunning video. Is it because there were just two lionesses on the kill that the hyenas attacked?

James Tyrrell
Photographic Guide/Media Team

Most likely Marinda. With a lot of hyenas there the clan clearly had the upper hand.
Had a big male lion been there I’m sure things would have been different.

Callum Evans
Guest contributor

Very interesting read. It does seem that this pride won’t be able to survive unless they ally themselves with one of the coalitions. Is there a distinct possibility of the lionesses splitting up, based on what you described?
And that was an incredible video that Callum captured, thought that one lioness was going to get injured!

Denise Vouri
Master Tracker

Wow! Great video although I was rooting for the lions.
I find it curious that these six females have not established a coalition with one of the dominant male prides. It seems the females have no interest in growing their numbers as you mentioned that there have only been two litters and all cubs were killed.
I’ve seen the Mhagene 16 strong pride in Singita, and now it seems there has been movement into Londolozi by one or more. They don’t care where the property borders are. Keep us posted on this pride.

Jeff Rodgers
Senior Digital Ranger

Talk about up close and personal . . .

Michael & Terri Klauber
Digital Tracker

Good luck to Callum! What a way to finish! We saw an amazing hyena take-away from one of our favorite leopards on our last visit while riding with Nick Kleer. We don’t dare even show it to anyone! Those hyenas are out of control on a kill!

Mike Dominici
Explorer

Wow ! Great video. They were definitely outnumbered. Where were the other lionesses? Very sad that none of the cubs have survived. It is also shocking that none of the male coalitions have claimed this pride of females. They could be a powerful pride with some strong males to join them.

James Tyrrell
Photographic Guide/Media Team

Hi Mike,
It was just the two lionesses on this morning.
Regards

Tracie Ricketts
Digital Ranger

Hi James, I’m new here, but I’ve been reading your blogs for a while now. I was hooked by the very first article I read of yours. Your blogs transport me there in some way. Through your writing I envision all that you write about, I can see it!. It must be truely amazing there. I love it and I can’t wait to go. (someday) : ))
I have a question about these girls, are they still going back and forth, spending time with their parental pride (Mhangeni) then back to the Ntsevu pride? Will the remaining members of the Mhangeni allow for them to go back and forth like that? If the break away does stick and become permanent, will the girls still keep a bond with their Mhangeni parental pride?
Also, i enjoyed hearing about some of the lions (male or female) liking and forming extra special bonds with certain members within their pride. I had always wondered if they did have favorites , or bffs. Lol.. or, imagine if one or some lionesses didn’t like the new pride male.. eeekk!! Then what? I’m guessing they suck it up and keep distance :))

James Tyrrell
Photographic Guide/Media Team

Hi Tracie,

Thanks for the comments.
The Ntsevu lionesses haven’t had contact with the Mhangeni pride for quite awhile now; none this year that I’m aware of. I think that now the Mhangeni pride has new cubs they will be far less accepting of their daughters returning. Apparently it is well documented that after a couple of generations, once the genetic relatedness has drifted off to a certain point, prides that have split will have completely severed contact, and there will be no more overlap.
As far as favourites and bonds within the pride go, I’m sure it has a lot to with original relationships, and litter mates are more likely to stick together, although that is mere speculation on my part. \Regards
James

Thiago Medeiros
Explorer

Hello James, how are you? I’m from Brazil and I plan to go to Africa as soon as possible. I always follow the posts about the lion warfare in Londolozi and I have a question. Do you guys have some kind of map where all the coalitions are? Who are the most dominant right now?

Judy Hayden
Explorer

As nature turns, this young pride are like little orphans. Each is left to find its way. I am hoping that they will develop a hierarchy, it will just take time. So sad about the cubs, but I would rather see them come together as a true pride before cubs come into the picture. Thanks James. I would like to see and hear more about this young pride and their adventures.

Thiago Medeiros
Explorer

Hello James, how are you? I’m from Brazil and I plan to go to Africa as soon as possible. I always follow the posts about the lion warfare in Londolozi and I have a question. Do you guys have some kind of map where all the coalitions are? Who are the most dominant right now?

James Tyrrell
Photographic Guide/Media Team

Hi Thiago,
Thanks for your questions.
We don’t have a current map, as at the moment things are very confused, with various coalitions moving in and out and nothing properly settled. If things look properly established within the next few months we’ll be sure to put out a map for you.
Best regards

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