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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 How Old is That Lion? Part 1

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Marinda Drake
Master Tracker

Intresting information.

Tino Armando
Explorer

Thank you very much for the hard work,A very helpful blog how to determine the age on the lions, I/we appreciate it a lot

Francesca Doria
Master Tracker

Thank you for the interesting information about lions age! In humans teeth are a good indicator too… the pictures of the cubs with their mums are too cute. Handsome great old Birmingham male!

Vin Beni
Guest contributor

Look forward to the next installment!

Camille Koertner
Senior Digital Ranger

Thanks for the tutorial! Now to return to put this information to fun use!!!

Cally Staniland
Master Tracker

Really interesting thanks Nick, always something new to learn from you all. With the addition of beautiful photos and videos it always beats finding the information via a book or internet 🙏🏻💕

Christa Blessing
Master Tracker

Thanks for these really interesting explanations. I think it is especially lovely if one can follow such a cub’s development personally when visiting the same place again after a year or maybe two and meeting the little cub again as an adolescent e.g.

Michael and Terri Klauber
Guest contributor

Thanks Nick, we look forward to more education on Lyons ages. One question we have, remembering the famous Magingeline coalition, is have you started to create individual names for the Birmingham coalition males? Especially the one that showed up at the sundowner recently!

Nick Sims
Contributor

Hi Mike and Terry, apologies for the late reply. There are some people who have named the individuals of the Birmingham coalition – the only two remaining ones are called Nhena and Tinyo, although I’m not sure hwo showed up at the sundowner!

Joan Schmiidt
Master Tracker

Nick, I saved the lions cubs, cub by the mother🤗

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

Great information Nick! I can usually determine the age of young cubs but as they grow it becomes more tricky. The shoulder and rib gauges are an easier way to guess. Once they’re juveniles or sub-adults, they look the same age except for the males. Looking forward to part 2.

Henk Slettenhaar
Senior Digital Ranger

Interesting information

Kara Taylor
Master Tracker

Thanks for that learning experience Nick!

Darlene Knott
Master Tracker

Love the phots and the tips on aging lion cubs. Now if I can just remember them! 😂

Lisa Antell
Digital Tracker

Lovely little fuzzy tubby teddy cubbies!

Leonie De Young
Digital Tracker

A nice blog and lesson on judging the age of lions Nick. Thank you for sharing with us. Be well and stay safe.

Syy Siu
Explorer

the Tsalala Mom and cub pc is incredibly special. This mom-daughter duo has my heart <3

Nicole Bernhardt
Senior Digital Ranger

Intersting blog, thank you. Looking forward to part 2

Paul Canales
Digital Tracker

Thanks for such an interesting and informative post on how to determine age of a lion!

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