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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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Really good set of papers on this done in the neighbouring Kruger is Funston et al 1998, and Funston, Mills and Biggs 2001. As you found with the Ntsevu lionesses and the Majingilane male, buffalo are the most important prey for male lions who hunted frequently and wildebeest / zebra / warthog for lionesses, due to the differences in size, speed and power. Great post and pics!

Thanks William,
I’ll try get hold of that paper!

Love this blog James. It realy help to understand lions better. Interesting fact that the males can walk 20km a night to patrol their territory.

Enjoy reading your informative articles. Sounds like a lot of hard work to be a male lion. And there is always another competitor ready to chop (or eat) your head off.
Regards from Florida,
Bill Julien

Hi Bill,
Yip, out of a long list of animals to choose from out here, a male lion is actually one of the last I’d want to be. They don’t have it easy!

Well explained, James! Thanks. Have the Tsalala young males gone north?

Hi Mary Beth,
The opposite in fact; they’ve been seen in the deep south with the Sparta females!

Very interesting article, James, and clearly, the relationship between males and females is fairly standard and in no way resembles that of humans! ? Loved the photos too!

Hi Darlene,
Thanks for the comments!

Fascinating James. This explains quite clearly the dynamics of the male/female roles. In a way, it’s a society of entitlement- males defend, females provide the sustenance. Perhaps a win-win for both ?!

Hi Denise,
Exactly – neither would be particularly successful without the other…

Thank you for the wonderful article about male lion behaviour, very informative and thankfully making it clear what the important role of male lions is.

Hi Cynthia,
You’re welcome 🙂

James, love your photos and well written articles, I just had to respond to this informative post. Thank you for sharing your knowledge of the African bush. With each article I read, I form a better opinion about the complex interactions of animals in their natural habitat, a habitat of Kruger Park and surrounding conserves, such as Londolosi.

Hi Eugene,
Thanks for the comments. Yip, the complexities of a wildlife system are far more intricate than we can ever begin to fully understand, which I guess is why it’s such a fascinating environment.

Well written and very informative! Thank you!

Hi Tina,
Glad you enjoyed it!

What an interesting blog on lion dynamics James. Thanks for sharing this information. All these things make sense when explained so clearly. This has changed my impression on the male lions. It has also confirmed my thoughts on the roles that females perform (I guess the saying “the weaker sex” comes to mind.) Thanks again.

Hi Leonie,
Yes, the roles of both are very different but equally as important when it comes to the success of the species as a whole.

I have read a number of studies about lions that show adult males, even those with a pride, as being active hunters and even collaborating with the females to tackle agile prey like impala. It’s good to shatter those old stereotypes about lions.

Fascinating, well written article. Ok, I will stop lazy-shaming the male lions. Now I understand. Thanks!

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