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Mary Pollard

thank you Londolozi for posting this update of mum and cub, it is very welcome, Mary pollard

Joanalee Oneil
Digital Ranger

I am so Happy To hear that Tsalala and Her cub are doing well, as I was very worried. Thank You so much for this Update… Also does anybody know anything about Baba Yao Doa”s brother.please let me know. thanks

Marinda Drake
Master Tracker

It was an epic lion fight. Luckily they are both fine. It just looked very bad in the video.

Joan Schmiidt
Master Tracker

James, what a wonderful blog, today Tsalalas Lioness is returned to the cub🤗

Victoria Auchincloss
Digital Tracker

Thank heavens!!! it would have been a tragedy to have lost them. thank you for the news! stay safe! Victoria

Darlene Knott
Master Tracker

Such good news! That was an unbelievable sighting! I was so worried about the lioness. Thanks so much for the update!

Joan Schmiidt
Master Tracker

James – that was terrible beating that she took, Tsalalas Lioness

Karen Taylor

Thats good news that the lioness is ok, I couldn’t watch the highlights this week as it was brutal.


Thank you so much for keeping us updated on the Tsalala lioness and her cub. The attack on the lioness was one of the most intense sightings I have ever seen. So glad the pride just walked away, had the lone lioness turned her back itcould gave ended very differently. Thank you again and keep staying safe.

Blair Sinclair

Thank you for the update also thank you for addressing the role the Birminghams played in the whole incident. On a side note have you seen or heard anything on the Styx recently? The Nkuhuma young male who had been with them and the Styx young male were both found on Sabi Sabi (both sons of Birminghams so hoping they form a coalition of half brothers) so wondering if there is any news on the 4 lionesses?

Joanne Lofthouse
Digital Tracker

Thanks so much for the update on the Tsalala female and her cub, I look forward to when you see them and letting us know. Thanks again.

Pauli Bakker
Digital Ranger

Hi James…I’ve just read your update re the beautiful last Tsalala female and her precious cub… my heart was I my mouth when I saw your report heading…….to be honest, I was reluctant to open it, as I’m sure like so many of us, I feared the worst…. I’m so relieved…I’ve followed her difficult story from the start….an excellent mother , such courage, fortitude, and bravery ….. she’s loved by so many of us for her remarkable strength of character…. let’s hope she’s fully recovered and she takes her daughter as far away as possible from the Ntsevu/Kambulas!…but given that one of the Birmingham males sired her daughter she may still feel the need to “hang around” in that area… let’s hope not!….thanks so much James for letting me know…… wonderful news…. boy, what a relief…. she’s just gotta stay safe somehow!…keep safe James…. Pauli

Wendy Macnicol
Digital Tracker

The Tsalala lioness deserve every respect! She even clobbered the Birmingham male on the nose! I admire her enormously. She is an amazingly courageous and very independent big cat. A wonderful story, James. So glad she wasn’t killed or badly maimed and that her son was also seen and he is fine too. Kept socially distant and very hidden too just for good measure! Thank you for this one. Wendy M

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

It is said that cats have “9 lives”, primarily referring to the common house cat. Yet, it seems the Tsalala female is cashing in on this ancient proverb, escaping another potentially life threatening experience. She truly is amazing and I’m rooting for her and her cub’s survival-not an easy task considering the force of the Ntsevu pride and now members of other prides. Never a dull day in the bush for anyone!!

Paul Canales
Digital Tracker

Thanks for the update! Good fortune that mother and cub are safe.

Lisa Antell
Senior Digital Ranger

Oh thank goodness! Very glad to hear that they are together and well……after seeing the close up video again, you can see that Tsalala has quite a nasty wound on her lower spine area that was bleeding profusely……hopefully that will seal up and heal up…..

Mary Beth Wheeler
Guest contributor

Fantastic news!

Vin Beni
Guest contributor

Good news there! The skirmish, as you described, did appear weird–although I have no basis for comparison.

Ann Richardson Berg
Senior Digital Ranger

That was good news!! Thank you for sharing!

Mj Bradley
Senior Digital Ranger

Thank you for the update on the Tsalala’s.. We can breathe easy again!

Johanna Browne

Thank you for this heartfelt update. She is such a force with so many odds against her and this was heart wrenching to view. What an iconic lioness. I hope we hear of more successes and breaks for her as she carries on so courageously.

Tim Musumba
Digital Ranger

That is good news to learn that the Tsalala lioness and cub were spotted together after the attack by the Ntsevu pride. What could have been the motive of the attack on the Tsalala female?! The Tsalala female does not have a coalition or coalition males?!

Kara Taylor
Digital Tracker

Thank goodness they are ok. That was intense.

One of the most intense videos I have seen possibly bk I really care about the Tsalala and her cub. Glad to hear the cub is well and you have seen tracks of mom.

Liam Donnelly

Great news. Desperate to get back to Londolozi. I hope you’re all coping ok with the lockdown and the staff are all doing ok. Must be tough for everyone. Best wishes.

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