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James Souchon

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James started his guiding career at the world-renowned Phinda Game Reserve, spending four years learning about and showing guests the wonder of the incredibly rich biodiversity that the Maputaland area of South Africa has to offer. Having always wanted to guide in the ...

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on Update: Tsalala Female and Cub

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Marinda Drake
Master Tracker

It is actually such a feel good story. Lets hope that in a few years the Tsalala pride will be strong again.

Francesca Doria
Explorer

Tsalala Lioness reminds me a documentary by Dereck Joubert, the Last Lions, where the main character is a brave lioness escaping lots of danger starting from a pride of lions to protect her three young cubs. Ma di Tau’s fight for her offspring looks so alike this great Mum. I hope they will both get through they are real natural selection. Thanks for the update and as always the wonderful pictures.

James Tyrrell
Photographic Guide/Media Team

Lots of parallels in the two stories…

Francesca Doria
Explorer

Hello James, Londolozi has become a top site to visit for me and I’m spreading the info to other people who work at universities too and are interested. What is the best time to be able to see the special leopard dynasty and as many animal species as possible? Thanks!

Nicole Bernhardt
Senior Digital Ranger

She is one tough cookie! I really enjoy the updates, thanks for this one James

Joan Schmiidt
Master Tracker

James, I loved all the photos🤗

Joan Schmiidt
Master Tracker

James, unfornately we will not be coming for 50th anniversary – but in 2021 we will be coming for our 51st anniversary

James Tyrrell
Photographic Guide/Media Team

Great to hear Joan,
Looking forward to having you here!

Brittany Barry
Explorer

Beautiful photos and great job narrating this underdog story so many have been following!

Mj Bradley
Senior Digital Ranger

The Tsalala Pride has been one of my favorite prides since I was introduced to them in 2009. I have read all I can find about their history and a very much admire the protection that Bebe & then her daughter gave to the youngsters during the perilous times of takeover. I hope their future will again be one of a large healthy pride. Thank you for Sharing

Cally Staniland
Explorer

I remember well that awful incident ..gosh it does seem like the odds of her cub surviving and the two of them going on to strengthen their numbers could be difficult. Let’s hope they manage 🙏🏻🤞❤️

Christa Blessing
Senior Digital Ranger

It’s really great that this lioness and her cub are still fine and in good health. I keep my fingers crossed for their future wellbeing and that they can increase their numbers.
Hearing about all the animals at Londolozi in these still quite difficult times is like a ray of sunshine!

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

Thank you for the update on these two remarkable lionesses. Tsalala has been doing a great job protecting her cub, now a juvenile, and we all hope she makes it through to adulthood when she might have cubs to carry on the legacy. Like with the wild dogs, you never can predict what an outcome might be.

Kara Taylor
Senior Digital Ranger

The Tsalala pride certainly has had a rough go of it. I remember seeing the two lionesses with Cubs last time I was there. I never did find out what happened to the other lioness . I do hope Mom and cub make it through and can expand their pride.

Delamar Maya
Explorer

I would love to get to know Tsalala and her puppy up close. I love her and her puppy. We also love other lionesses who care for their young.

Mama Lioness
Digital Ranger

Such wonderful news about the Tsalala Mama and her cub! (not to mention beautiful pictures of them!) – As much as the mama has her instincts in place, You can’t help but think in concern that it’s too bad that the rangers (or trackers) while viewing Mama Tsalala and her cub, can’t “Somehow” find a way, if need be, to deter the male lions, if they should get close enough to attempt to harm them. –
It’s amazing to think and see how Mama Tsalala and her lone cub have proven themselves to be true survivors! That in and of itself, is a proud and inspiring concept to consider amidst the quest that we are challenged with as humans.

She is quite the lioness!!! Thanks for the update on her as well as a bit of the history once again!

Garnett Cease
Explorer

I love the fact this mother has overcome so much being attacked and able to leave alive is spectacular meaning another day with her cub to keep her safe, hopefully more days or years to do so, now im from Kansas so definately nothing cool but tornadoes, and thats what she reminds me of powerful a whirlwind of life

Artur Gjoni
Explorer

Amazing stuff, thank you

Trish Monck
Senior Digital Ranger

Love hearing about these two amazing girls, thank you for sharing. I hope they have a protective shield around them for the rest of their lives and I hope to be fortunate enough to see those precious two on my future visit.

Mitch Wise
Explorer

We love your stories and look more than ever to our first visit with Londolozi, Really sorry w are all effected by this virus. Keep everyone safe, we will see you in 2021. Reservations all set/
Mitch

Henk Slettenhaar
Senior Digital Ranger

What a special lioness. I have lot of respect for the Tsalala lioness and cub

Tino Armando
Explorer

Great Update guys.

Pauli Bakker
Digital Ranger

Hi James, thankyou once again for your wonderful footage and commentary re the beautiful Tsalala femaleand her precious daughter…. I hold my breath every time I open up any news of them!… I’ve followed this remarkable pride for some time now….it’s an incredible story….wishing them all the luck in the world…take care

Joanalee Oneil
Explorer

This a beautiful Story Between a mother and her daughter. AND Hoping to see the young female cub grow up and have her own family someday. As for Mom I hope she will stay around her daughter and watch her grow into a beautiful adult Lioness and with her grand babies.

Cynthia House
Explorer

I am always keen to hear how this amazing lioness is doing and I too held my breath watching the video of her attack. Who could not want to see her do well and go on to form a magnificent pride. Keep up the great blogs that I so enjoy.

Wendy Macnicol
Digital Tracker

Hi James. I quite agree that it would be simply great to see the Tsalala pride grow and grow in numbers. I really take my hate off to the lone Tsalala Mom and her young cub! Very courageous and capable lioness and her daughter will probably be very like Mom because of the training she is getting from her mother. Wendy M

Cheung Yc
Digital Ranger

We can also hope that some young lioness will break away from Ntsevu Pride, then it will benefit for everybody

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