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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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on The Tsalala Legacy

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Marinda Drake
Master Tracker

They way you put it James is correct. The Tsalala genes live on in the Mhangene and Ntsevu prides. We tend to humanise everything and it is essentialy just nature.

Joanne Wadsworth Kelley
Master Tracker

A worthy tribute to the bloodline.

Ian Hall
Master Tracker

Nicely pointed out

Darlene Knott
Master Tracker

How very true, James. They are all of the same family, but their names, assigned by humans, are different. Very interesting. By the way, the photo of the Ntsevu pride is stunning! Thanks for the thought provoking article!

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

Thank you for the thoughtful blog, illiterating the history of the Tsala pride. I’ve not seen the Tsala or Ntsevu prides, that I’m aware of, but am fortunate have spent time with the Mhagene ladies and cubs – 16 strong at the time. It was like being at a lion convention!!

Now with the Birmingham males seducing the Ntsevu and Mhagene ladies, the stories to come will be exciting.

Irene Nathanson
Senior Digital Ranger

I have been so lucky to have seen the Tsalala lion pride since 2011. Thank you for this wonderful tribute and the information that t explains the descendants and that her bloodline goes on. There were two tailess lionesses one just had cubs last year? Are they both gone?

Andrew and Daniel Bolnick
Digital Tracker


Some really great shots. Being able to show friends just how much the Londolozi experience is interactive is appreciated. Thanks again

Mj Bradley
Senior Digital Ranger

Thank you, James. You are right and the names we humans have assigned to these lioness matters not at all to them. I am very happy to know that BB (as the original Tailless Lioness was called in the North) has done well to populate the Southern Sabi Sands. I think they BB & her Tailless Daughter are special in their taking the youngsters away from danger and raising them on their own until they could be independent.. The Tsalala’s will always conjure up good memories and smiles for me.. I will look forward to following the Mhengeni & Ntsevu Prides into the future. But I still hold out hope for the lone Tsalala female.

Mike Ryan

Great blog James so fascinating to see the changing dynamics unfold.great coming back to see the old favourites but even better to anticipate new unpredictable experiences

Chris Cordon

Hi James. Thanks for explaining things about the tsalalas in this blog.
Off topic, but did you ever write a tribute to the Majingilane coalition?

Callum Evans
Master Tracker

That is definitely a very strong legacy! I often forget that the Mhangeni and Ntsevu Prides are relatives of the Tsalala Pride. So the legacy of the Tailless Lioness can be found in three strong prides in Sabi Sands and hopefully a fourth if the Mhangeni subadults establish themselves.

Michael and Terri Klauber
Master Tracker

James, Thanks for the reminder of the amazing legacy left by the famed and loved Tailess lioness! It will be wonderful to see how that lineage continues!

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