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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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Joan Schmiidt
Master Tracker

Wonderful sighting. Hope they all make it.

Ian Hall
Master Tracker

Let’s hope that she can bring them to maturity , but the dice must be loaded against her. Let us hope that I am proved wrong.


I cannot find words to express how joyful this makes me! It makes me want to rush out and buy baby shower stuff! May her own children be as safe and protected as she was six years ago! Life and the Blessings of Life be upon her and her children!

Andrew and Daniel Bolnick
Digital Tracker

Just beautiful. Looking forward to seeing the new arrivals. Seems she has a good hiding spot. It worked for her Mom. I know you will keep us posted

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

Reading between the lines, I sense how excited you and the rest of the Londolozi team are in sighting the Tsalala female in her birthplace, just after giving birth herself. Since she is alone, I’m hoping her skill sets will aid her in caring for these little ones, raising them to adulthood just as her mother did with her. Thanks for the great news!!

Joanne Wadsworth Kelley
Master Tracker

This is such joyful news and I am incredible proud of her strong determination to survive when the odds have been stacked against her for so long! She hunted, romanced the brothers and now gave birth! Her den is perfect for safety at this point and her instincts to survive and raise her cubs will continue. She is such a winner…..so alone for so long, but making it! “I am woman, hear me roar!” as the song goes…..


By the way, totally off-topic, can somebody please explain to me how the points system works? I see I have a little bird silhouette next to my points – other people have other animals. I understand that I get points for reading the blog, points for posting a comment and points if somebody replies to my comment. But what are the points for? Thank-you.

Mary Beth Wheeler
Guest contributor

What sweet news! I hope all continues to go well for her. Will be exciting to see her cubs!

Wonderful news! And beautifully told! I am excited to hear what happens in the future. Thank You.

Sunay Nezir

Sadly, I heard two of the three Tsalala brothers died after an unfortunate accident in KNP :(.

Now, our hopes are with remaining brother and sister. Please prove us all efforts of Tailless lioness was not for nothing.

Chelsea Allard
Master Tracker

This news has made my day! I have been rooting for her since she lost her pride, and am now even more so that ever. I hope she and her new cubs continue to thrive.

Bob and Lucie Fjeldstad
Guest contributor

Love the view down to really put this into perspective. Thanks for the birds (or lion’s eye) view!!!

Dawn Phillips

Absolutely fantastic news. I’m ecstatic! Thank you for the update.

Mj Bradley
Senior Digital Ranger

Wow!!! I am over the top with joy, that the Tsalala Lioness may yet be the resurrection of her Pride.. Thank you for the update. Can’t wait to see the newest Tsalalas..

Laura Eberly
Digital Ranger

What fabulous news! She will need lots of luck and prayers to raise those little ones by herself, Hope everyone gives her the space she needs!

Lisa Hilger

Hugely exciting news!!!

Fain Zimmerman

Good news! Keep us posted please!
Fain Z

John Devillas

Fantastic news! Especially after the tragic news of what might have happened to two of her litter mates just over a month ago. Apparently the two lions that died in the incident when power lines went down in Skukuza during a storm were the Tsalala males. Not 100% confirmed it was them, but before they could begin repairs on the power lines they had to chase a lion away from the area. A Tsalala male has been viewed several times recently in the area alone, so there’s a good chance it was him that got chased away and it was his two brothers that met an unfortunate end. Would be good to have an official confirmation of it, unfortunately I don’t think we ever will.

Anyway, hope this girl can successfully raise these cubs and revive the Tsalala pride. Would be a great story.

Cynthia House

What a wonderful read. Let’s hope for a brand new generation of lions from this sole survivor.

Al Kaiser
Guest contributor

That is absolutely fantastic. I remember seeing her in April in the Manyelethi when I wasn’t sure she would survive the week.

Callum Evans
Guest contributor

Finally!!! That’s so exciting to know that’s she’s given birth!! Hopefully in a few years there may be a new Tsalala Pride!

Iren Juppa
Digital Ranger

What a fantastic message from James. Thank you very much for the information. ♥♥♥

Wendy Macnicol
Digital Tracker

So interesting, James! Exciting too. And I haven’t even been to Londolozi! I take off my hat to the Tsalala lioness.
Keep it coming …. Wendy M

Darlene Knott
Master Tracker

Wonderful find! How exciting! It will be hard for this poor lioness, on her own though, to protect those cubs.

Marinda Drake
Master Tracker

This is wonderful news. So excited.

Mike Ryan

Sooooo Happy Great News

Trish Monck
Master Tracker

Omg, can’t even stand it. So obsessed with her : )

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