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James Tyrrell

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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 Tsalala Cubs Alive and Well

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Marinda Drake
Master Tracker

It is wonderful news that they are alive and well. It is fantastic that there are two female cubs as they will carry the Tsalala name forward. Let us hope that they survive.

Mark Von Wiegandt
Digital Ranger

Where could I find the rest of the story on the Taalala female? I’ve seen the name many times, but didn’t know she was solitary. And don’t know much of her story. Thanks for the help in advance.

Victoria Auchincloss
Senior Digital Ranger

So adorable. Fingers crossed the gods are guarding them from harm. Victoria

Joan Schmiidt
Senior Digital Ranger

James, great story, I hope they survive, they are so tiny.

Suzanne Gibson
Guest contributor

Wonderful news and beautiful photos, James. Do you think the father is 1 of the Birmingham males?

Vin Beni
Senior Digital Ranger

Can’t recall reading about a solitary lioness previously.

Ginger Brucker
Explorer

How wonderful. I know it is an uphill climb for these little ones but hopefully they have inherited mom’s toughness and will be able to manage the incredible challenges the wild throws at them. Those faces-precious!

Andrew & Daniel Bolnick
Senior Digital Ranger

Hooray!

Mary Beth Wheeler
Guest contributor

Great news! This little family needs all the luck and love it can get!

Dawn Phillips
Explorer

This is the news I’ve been waiting for… Prayers for this little family

Susan Strauss
Senior Digital Ranger

In a world of sometimes unspeakable hardness, this is indeed such a beam of goodness and light. And by the way…Cutest cubs ever ! ❤️🦁❤️

Chelsea Allard
Explorer

So exciting to see their tiny faces! May the odds be ever in their favor. 😁

Wendy Macnicol
Senior Digital Ranger

Delightful news, James! Good for this single Tsalala Lioness Mom! Do hope this is a new beginning of a really strong Tsalala pride in due course. She is a very courageous and wise Mom and to be congratulated on her efforts. Who is the father? Anyone know? Or are there a choice of father’s perhaps just to be on the safe side? Good hunting to you, Mom! Wendy M

Awesome news and especially she’s got two little girls in the litter as well! She’s got a tough, long road of obstacles ahead but if she’s got any ounce of her grandmother in her and having been raised and taken care of by her just as legendary aunt, I think she’ll do just fine. Question James: As only one of the Birminghams mated with her, would the other two recognize these cubs as his (or even him for that matter) since they don’t appear to have had contact with the Tsalala Lioness since?

Callum Evans
Guest contributor

That is amazing news!!!!

Cynthia House
Explorer

How good is this, and what a remarkable story of hope for the future. Looking forward to seeing more as this new chapter unfolds.

Joanne Wadsworth Kelley
Digital Tracker

What a absolute joy to see Tsalala alive, looking well and with her adorable young Cubs. SO little and vulnerable. For me, one who was continuously worried about her survival all alone, finds this whole thing nearly a miracle. Surprised she allowed them out of the den when this young. Glad to hear that there are several den spots for protection. Thanks James….this was wonderful and bravo Tsalala!!

Mark Von Wiegandt
Digital Ranger

Hi Joanne, I asked one other person. Hoping you or the other has some info. Do you know of a good place I could find the story on her? I have seen the name so often but didn’t know she was solitary. Any help is appreciated.

Thanks,

Mark

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

Great news and good to see the little fluff balls with their mum!! Hopefully she will continue to protect and provide for them, increasing their chances of survival. Cheers to many more sightings!!😍🦁

Bob & Lucie Fjeldstad
Senior Digital Ranger

We always marvel at the cycle of life at Londolozi! We LOVE hearing the stories because we miss seeing the events!! And the cubs stories are the best of all … they are so cute … and their futures will become so interesting!!! Thanks for sharing.

Bob & Lucie Fjeldstad
Senior Digital Ranger

That’s great news James! Thank you for taking s few moments to share the sighting!

Henk Slettenhaar
Digital Ranger

It is awesome that she have cubs

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