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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 The Tsalala Lions: Still Alive and Well. For Now

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Marinda Drake
Master Tracker

It is always to read that the Tsalalas are doing well. They are such an iconic pride that it will be a pity if and when they are not around anymore.

Christa Blessing
Senior Digital Ranger

I would really love to see them survive. Somehow I do love this brave single mother and her daughter…

Joan Schmiidt
Master Tracker

James, I saved the photo of lioness leading her daughter🤗

Nicole Bernhardt
Senior Digital Ranger

They’ve come this far so I guess we live in hope…

Francesca Doria
Senior Digital Ranger

Hi James thanks for the last news on Tsalalas. As they survived against all odds and are alive and kicking I do hope they will manage to thrive on… such perfect creatures in their prime deserve at least a few chances by nature

I recognize the significance of the precarious life of the Tsalala lionesses…but I’m still a Cheerleader for them!

Kara Taylor
Digital Tracker

The odds seem low but I root for them anyways!! Every time a new update comes On the Tsalala “Pride” I breath a sigh of relief.

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

Your scenario is difficult to think about but it seems with the advance of the Nkuhumas, in addition to the current Ntsevu residents, the two Tsalalas are existing on borrowed time. It’s amazing the Tsalala female is able to hunt on her own due to the fact her daughter is too young to assist her – that’s a feat in itself to provide a meal for two. I know you’ll keep us up to date …..

Barbi Evenson
Digital Ranger

I believe in miracles ❤️

Lisa Antell
Senior Digital Ranger

I am going to stubbornly and optimistically hope for the best. These lions are beautiful and special, and hopefully they can thread the needle and stay safe.

Cally Staniland
Senior Digital Ranger

I will continue to be positive towards the Tsalala’s outcome..they drew the long straw here ..they need all the help they can get. 🙏🙏🤞💕

Joanne Wadsworth Kelley
Master Tracker

After being on a hiatus, it’s a real pleasure to open up and read about Tsalalas and her current status. I agree with you, James. The laws of probability are against her and to a less degree, her cub. Nevertheless I still salute Tsalalas…the reigning queen of overcoming. I could list all the things she’s endured, but you know them better than I. Thanks for the cautionary word….we may never be prepared for her possible long term reality.

Liam Donnelly
Explorer

Such an interesting story, thank you, always good to here your updates. My first trips to Londolozi were filled with sightings of both the Tsalala and Sparta prides, now both in such peril. The Ximhungwe pride also in exactly the same situation. Fingers crossed for them all!

Carly M
Explorer

Please keep us posted James. I’m going to stay positive for this female and her daughter – hopefully they’ll gain a few members and increase in numbers!!

Tammy Carter
Explorer

You always are a naysayer and you always contend that you are stating fact. Fortunately, you are not always right. I wish the best for the Tsalalas.

Darlene Knott
Digital Tracker

So sad to even think about what may very well happen to the Tsalala lioness and her cub. Keep us updated!

Michael Fleetwood
Digital Tracker

Great article James! I think it’s a great testament to the Tsalala Lioness’ ability as a mother that she’s managed to get her daughter to nearly two-years old. But I too have doubts about their ability to stay clear of the other prides (the Nkuhumas have 7-8 lionesses, depending on if one of the younger adult females is with them). Where have the two females been spending their time and where have the Nkuhumas been seen (and how far into Londolozi)?

Lesley Jones
Explorer

Im so very glad you posted another story on the Tsalalas lioness and her daughter.
In these tough times it is a bright spot of hope. I will continue to route for them as well.
Thank you for your blogs I always enjoy reading them.
Stay safe

Lisa
Explorer

I love these lionesses. I’m so glad to read that they are doing well. Of course, knowing the dangers I continue to pray that this remains so. They are an extraordinary pride and well-deserved of flourishing and multiplying in number. Lord, keep them safe. Amen!

Vin Beni
Guest contributor

Maybe the little “serendipity” for the Tsalala for avoiding this potential confrontation will continue.

Mary Pollard
Explorer

thank you for this very welcome story of the Tsalalas mother and daughter, their well-being is close to a lot of people’s hearts, I do hope that when we can visit you again they will still be around.
another wonderful story James, thank you.
take care and keep safe,
Mary Pollard

Susan Strauss
Digital Tracker

Hope James, hope!! ❤️❤️❤️

Paul Canales
Digital Tracker

While I’m sure you are likely right James, I somehow hope the best for the Tsalala lions!

Jean Culbertson
Explorer

What an impressive Mother and Daughter team. This Mother has done well and hope to continue to see more of these two!

Wendy Macnicol
Digital Tracker

I am really hoping that somehow the Tsalala Lioness and her daughter will survive and will grow into another pride. It would be so satisfying. Wendy M

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