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Nick Sims

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Nick always had a love for nature. Growing up in Johannesburg, the annual family trip to the bush (particularly the Kruger Lowveld region of South Africa) became an escape from city life. When he and his brother weren't physically in the bush, they ...

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on Are the Nkuhuma Pride Setting up Territory on Northern Londolozi?

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Marinda Drake
Master Tracker

This is great news.

Irene Henkes
Explorer

Thanks! But I thought that at least some of the Nkuhuma’s were Tsalala cubs some time ago?

Ross Spirou
Explorer

Not at all

Irene Henkes
Explorer

I later realised it is the Ntsevu pride that is related to the Tsalalas…………..

Annie.Lane07
Explorer

Very interesting. It’s always wonderful to have updates on Lion prides and especially the Nkuhumas. They certainly look healthy and well and awesome to know the nine cubs are safe. Many thanks. 👍😍

Andrew and Daniel Bolnick
Digital Tracker

Nick, I really enjoy the changing of territory and the evolution of the prides. Great pictures. Please also keep us posted on the Tsalala female and her cub. I don’t know how she survives among these other larger prides but hope for her continuing success. Change is always happening and I read this blog each day with great anticipation of what I will hear next. Thanks

Joan Schmiidt
Master Tracker

Nick, great blog today – I hope I see Nkuhuma pride while we are there in Sept 2020

Wendy Macnicol
Digital Tracker

How exciting this is! So many of them too! Thanks for this news! Wendy M

Michael Fleetwood
Senior Digital Ranger

Hi Nick! The ages of the Nkuhuma lionesses (eight total) are as follows:
1 lioness born mid-2012 (the Purple-eyed Lioness, mother of the second-youngest litter, 2 cubs)
2 lionesses born December 2012 (the Amber-eyed lioness, mother of the second-oldest litter -4 cubs, lioness with the Ridges on her nose, mother of the oldest litter, 2 cubs)
1 lioness born 2013 (mother of the youngest litter, 1 cub)
2 lionesses born May 2016 (offspring of the Birminghams, one often spends time away from the Pride, the other has recently been mating with one of the Northern Avocas; daughters of the Purple-eyed Lioness)
1 lioness born late May-early June 2016 (offspring of the Birminghams, has tattered ears)
1 lioness born July 2016 (offspring of the Birminghams, daughter of the lioness with the Ridged nose)

The Oldest two cubs were born in May of last year, the middle four in July of last year, the third litter of two – originally three – in August, and the youngest cub born in a litter originally numbering four

Nick Sims
Contributor

Hi Michael, thanks for your reply.
We have also seen the above breakdown of the pride numbers on the Nkuhuma Facebook fanpage but we are yet to see the eight lionesses together. The most we have seen together at one time is six, so we are unsure of the whereabouts of the other two (maybe they have left the pride temporarily?). It will be interesting to see how the dynamics develop.

Michael Fleetwood
Senior Digital Ranger

That’s interesting to hear. Thanks Nick!

Ian Hall
Master Tracker

Interesting times … Let us hope the remaining Tasala lioness does not fall victim to internecine lion warfare

Mj Bradley
Senior Digital Ranger

Thank you for the update on the Nkuhuma Pride.. We will miss seeing them up North on Live Drives. I hope they have a long and happy tenure on the Marthly area of Londolozi.

Mary Beth Wheeler
Guest contributor

This is exciting news! We hope to catch more than a glimpse next month during our visit!

Ruth Meyer
Explorer

These cubs are getting so big! This is a great pride of lions, and I know they will do well wherever they decide to settle.

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

Superb news! It will be great to have another large pride to follow in addition to the Ntsevu pride and Birmingham boys.

Victoria Auchincloss
Digital Tracker

the arrival of another pride sounds like the lion life will get extremely interesting. This info is from a story inthe New York Times. it seems that Cuba has passed a ban on the selling of team meats in the open air markets. it seems that several years ago such a ban was passed but not strictly enforced. now that they think the pangolin is a carrier of the corona virus, maybe this will help the pangolin. fingers crossed. Victoria

Joanne Wadsworth Kelley
Master Tracker

What exciting news! Looking forward to hearing updates on this Pride.

Jamie Bissinger
Explorer

I am so thrilled to see and hear that the Nkuhumas are thriving. Still have all 9 cubs!!! I miss seeing them on Wild Earth.

Ross Spirou
Explorer

No one really knows why an established pride would pack up and move somewhere else and especially with so many cubs and one hopes they will return to Djuma. As for their numbers, there are five adult lionesses, four lionesses on the verge of adulthood and nine cubs and I believe six of them are male but not 100% sure

Ron Fierstein
Explorer

Nick
Just signing on to the site and the blog. We were with you in late January. Wondering whether this Pride is the same one we observed on our last day or two? I have some great photos – not sure how to post them here?

Nick Sims
Contributor

Hey Ron, nice to hear from you! No, this pride is a different pride that we hadn’t seen in a long time until they resurfaced again this year. The pride we saw was the Ntsevu pride who are dominant in the south eastern parts of Londolozi.

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