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Dean de la Rey

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Dean grew up in Johannesburg and it was from his very first trip to the bush at the age of two that he was captivated by this environment (he claims he can remember that far back!). He attended school in Pretoria, thereafter completing ...

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Francesca Doria
Digital Tracker

I can’t believe it! Oh my… such a gorgeous lion in his prime… but motherhood and fatherhood are the most powerful instincts. I am so sorry

Gillian Lacey
Explorer

What a magnificent male lion. Nothing more needs saying……………………….

Francesca Doria
Digital Tracker

He who spared the leopard wasn’t so lucky

Suzanne Gibson
Guest contributor

Oh my! – that’s sad as he was such a magnificent lion. But it doesn’t really matter how strong you are if you’re on your own. Have you ever known a single male be dominant? – the odds must be massively against it.

Sergiu
Explorer

There is a lone dominant male in the Manyeleti, in the southern part of the reserve, called “Red Road” male. He is controlling the Nharu pride and a large territory sotuh of what used to be the Orpen males territory, and is now up for grabs. He seems to be very successful in keeping the territory.

I found it this morning on YouTube. Yeah it’s raw nature. Still so few areas left where these majestic animals could live on their own. Humans invade everything… This thought makes me feel so bad. Thank you rangers for your activity. Yes he was my favourite lion. Hope another one will raise his banner!

Valmai Vorster
Senior Digital Ranger

Oh No Dean I was dreading this moment for some time now. I cannot believe the mighty majestic Othawa male lion is dead. I had to put my tablet down and take a walk outside to calm down, I am so heartbroken. I’ sure you Rangers are also heartbroken about losing this majestic animal. That is nature for you in the rawest manner. So so heartsore.

Vin Beni
Guest contributor

Saddened that we will not have the opportunity to see him one more time.

Christa Blessing
Digital Tracker

HOW ABSOLUTELY HORRIBLE AND SAD! He was the most beautiful lion I had ever seen and so full of life and dignity when I saw him only a month ago. What a tragic fate. Nature can indeed be really cruel. I am so sad that this beautify animal is gone forever.

Joan Schmiidt
Master Tracker

Dean, I loved lions🤗

Tammy Carter
Explorer

Heartbreaking!💔💔💔😭

Darlene Knott
Master Tracker

So very sorry to hear this! I wish he could have found at least one male to form a coalition with. I wonder if the Ntsevu lioness is okay and the condition of the visibly aging Birmingham males. That will be interesting to see.

Brian Everitt
Digital Ranger

Very sad news , He was ab magnificent male. Definitely going to be missed.

Andrew and Daniel Bolnick
Digital Tracker

Always tough top hear these stories but perhaps he ran into more than one Birmingham Male and with Cubs around they took him down. Gosh I miss being there but this Blog has been just wonderful to keep living the experience

Wendy Macnicol
Digital Tracker

Very well written, but very sad, story, Dean. Thanks so much for letting us know the happenings on that fateful night. Wendy M

Kay Cook
Explorer

This was truly heartbreaking for me- I have some beautiful photos of him from just a couple weeks ago. I really appreciate the blog, so we have some idea- it’s weirdly comforting thst he just wasn’t ambushed. He was a magnificent lion💔❤️💔

Linda Ferraro
Explorer

Heartbreaking 💔 news that the Othawa Male Lion is gone, such a beautiful lion!

Susan Learnard
Explorer

It seems to sadden one whenever such a beautiful wild creature meets its end but one knows it’s inevitable …at least he fought for his life & stepped wholeheartedly into the fray.

Allen Maliniemi
Explorer

Thank you for sharing this story of the Ottawa prince it’s so sad to hear
That he was taken so early. Forever in our Hearts💪❤👊

Mary Beth Wheeler
Guest contributor

Nature can be so brutal; it’s often hard for us to understand. Quite a story, Dean. Thanks for making it real.

Vaseem Baig
Digital Ranger

Othawa Male was a lovely lion, well built, and impressive who cared his little siblings….have no words to express my pain and anguish for the big loss we just have…he is irreplaceable at least for sometime and would take long time to overcome the grief of his untimely demise….unfortunately he lacked a coalition partner, otherwise history would be different ……

Tammy Carter
Explorer

He is irreplaceable! 💔💔💔

Mama Lioness
Senior Digital Ranger

This is so heart breaking. Not the news I was expecting to start the day off with. – Just yesterday, upon seeing the Othawa Male’s beautiful picture, (if you looked at every aspect and trait within him) the Othawa male had a deep sense of love, softness and grace within his magnificence.
Sadly, cats will be cats I guess. They will fend for their territory. The “inner child cub” within the Othawa male was curious upon his night’s exploration, which unfortunately cost him his life.
As life is for animals in the wild, when they pass, they aren’t given a “proper” burial (??) or funeral. We can only say good-bye from a distance within our own hearts and minds. I will always remember him upon his last daylight picture, resting in the grass contently.
For you all at Londolozi, I’m sure you shed your own tears when a tragic loss such as this comes about. I don’t believe this is something that you can just say “It is what it is,” even though it is the reality of the bush. (I always tend to wonder if you guys ever have the opportunity to give the “regularly seen” animals names? (other than there territory names). – At least it can be said that the Othawa Male has gone to his territory at Rainbow Bridge. – Rest in peace Othawa. You will always be kept in the visions of my memories for all that you were.

I am from another country, I have never been on safari, nor have I seen the othawa male. But I had a feeling for this lion, he was beautiful, imposing, big, and confident. I received this news with a squeeze in my heart, rest in peace, young king, you lived a good life, you had your young and your lionesses. You have honored your Mapogo and Manjigilane lineage.
Unfortunately you made a false mistake against the Birminghans, but you died as a warrior, fighting. I will keep your photos as a souvenir of the beautiful lion he was, rest in peace, king.

Camille Koertner
Explorer

I thought he was THE Lion King…distressing to learn about this sad outcome.

Nadia De Lange
Explorer

Beautifully written Dean. I will never in my life forget this day. It was life changing.

Cally Staniland
Digital Tracker

Lost for words, though I had learnt just recently of this magnificent lions demise, the story is heart stopping and tragic. What beautiful photographs to remember him by and what a great tribute to the Othawa Lion, Dean. 🙏🏻 He will be remembered for a long time to come. Perhaps his spirit will live on with the Tsalala lionesses cubs… if he was lucky to have mated with her…

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