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James Tyrrell


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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Whenever we see lions doing what they do best, that is lying around we think of it as a boring sighting. Never realized they conserve energy. Interesting blog.

Terrific video! And, yes, James, you are so right. Animals cannot afford the luxury of being lazy! The male vs. female question for next time may be another story! ?

Life is so hard in the bush. Every habit has a underlying reason or purpose to support the continuation of that life. So good to remind others that appearances of laziness are just that….appearances, not fact. Good post, James!

Thanks Joanne!

Hi James, I was excited to see Sparta Pride mentioned. Will there be any updates on them in a future post? We’ve missed seeing them around. I’m looking forward to the next blog in this series.

Hi Deana,
Sadly, I doubt it. The Sparta pride are down to 2 members, as per the last update I got. The y have essentially been ousted from Londolozi by the Ntsevu pride, and now spend their time around Kirkman’s Kamp, often going into Kruger. If we do have future sightings of them, they will be intermittent at best…

Makes sense that laziness is a purely human trait. Since my experience with a pride of lions in a camp at Mabuasehube, I can safely say that lions are 100% not lazy!!

Great post James! Actually I’ve never thought of lions as lazy, but rather chilling after a hunt, or preparing for their next kill. So much energy is expended trying to stay alive that their brief rests are well deserved. In one Reserve we witnessed the aftermath of a Zebra kill, with two males sleeping with the remains, on guard naturally to keep the mauraders away. They were tucked away in thick brush. Lion watching is always fascinating as even in resting mode, they still entertain. Thank you for the video!!

Still can’t believe I was actually there for that kill, I’m even on the video haha! Looking forward to being back in 6 months.

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