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Bruce Arnott

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Bruce grew up on a plot of farmland in the midlands of KwaZulu-Natal. He always had a passion for the bush and the outdoors, having been camping and fishing since he was a young boy. He attended school in the Natal midlands after ...

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on Update on the Mhangeni Pride

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Marinda Drake
Master Tracker

Wonderful news that they returned. We were fortunate to view the pride, consisting of 4 lionesses, and the first litter of cubs, from which six are now the Ntsevu pride several times.

Andrew and Daniel Bolnick
Digital Tracker

Bruce , enjoyed this story. I was thinking perhaps those Buffalo were particularly tasty so they followed after them out of their typical hunting grounds. Perhaps they needed the nourishment that a large Buffalo would provide at a critical time in their life cycle. Regardless I am happy to hear they are back “home” at Londolozi.

Chris Cordon
Explorer

Bruce thanks for the update. At the moment how many cubs/offspring are with the 3 adult lionesses? And do you have an estimate as to how old the youngsters are?

Joan Schmiidt
Digital Tracker

Bruce, I think we saw them in 2018 – there were a few small cubs! There was a small leopard peering down at them, luckily he left before lions came.

Ramone Lewis
Explorer

The Othawa male is actually 4 yrs old and will be 5 in feb

Ian Hall
Digital Tracker

Also glad the Ottawa male has found a temporary home

Jen Lum
Digital Ranger

What an amazing compilation of pictures, complimenting an engaging story showing resolve and hope for the Mhangeni pride.

Johanna Browne
Explorer

Such a beautiful story of gratitude and love for these sentient and wonderful souls. Thank you!

The Ottawa male was born in 2015, so he is four years old, not seven years old.

Nora Abdu
Explorer

Could you please tell me why the Mhangeni pride allowed other male lions in their pride but not one of their own, Big Boy? 💔💔💔

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

Super news Bruce! I first viewed this 16 strong pride in February, 2017- impressive is not a strong enough adjective to describe th encounter. Lately I’ve read news from SabiSabi that they’ve been spending time there with the Ottawa male. Seems they’re stretching their legs and boundaries in search of prime game…. skirting the territory occupied by the Ntsevu pride and Birmingham males. Thanks so much for the update and I hope you can continue to view these lovely ladies for days to come.

Do the Birmingham males allow the Ottawa male stay in their territory or does he stay out of their way?

Michael Fleetwood
Senior Digital Ranger

Hi Bruce, great update on the original breakaway Pride from the Tsalala Pride! Was wondering if you have an exact age on the youngster of the Pride (the lone surviving cub sired by the Birminghams)? Also, do you have any idea as to what exactly happened to the fourth older lioness some time back?

Victoria Auchincloss
Senior Digital Ranger

How great that this magnificent group has returned. They would have been sorely missed. Victoria

Joanne Wadsworth Kelley
Master Tracker

I would imagine that the group merely left instinctively the Londolozi territory for easy food. So glad they are back and appear well and successfully hunting! Also happy there apparently wasn’t any conflict with another group whether inside or outside if Londolozi.

Liam Donnelly
Explorer

Great article, thanks. I’m intrigued as to when they haven’t had more Cubs for so long? Since the Othawa Male joined them they have had one litter which didn’t make it, but nothing since. Any thoughts as to why? Perhaps at only 4 years old and on his own the pride don’t feel secure with this big young Male?

Artur Gjoni
Explorer

Great stuff Bruce, but the age of Othawa Male is not correct, he is getting to 5 years old

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