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Kyle Gordon

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Kyle was born and raised in the Eastern Highlands of Zimbabwe. His childhood was spent scurrying barefooted along the banks of various rivers and dams, fishing rod ever-in-hand, enjoying the beauty and freedom of outdoors. Kyle obtained a degree in construction from UCT ...

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on The Aftermath of a Skirmish Between the Avoca and Birmingham Males

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Francesca Doria
Master Tracker

I felt for the old Birmingham; there’s nothing so melancholic as an old beaten, once-dominant lion. But then, when I read about the Avocas… well he’s a real power! Is is possible that lionesses join forces with Birmingham again if they have cubs?

Cally Staniland
Master Tracker

What A day Kyle ‼️ I presume, from your recap on the events, that the other Birmingham male was not around to support his brother? It certainly will be intriguing to see which way this goes…it must have been incredibly exciting tracking and eventually solving the mystery. Thanks for sharing ❤️

Kyle Gordon
Contributor

From what we could put together, it does seem that way. There is also a chance the brother just took a different route out of there. It’s always fun trying to work it all out though!

Camille Koertner
Senior Digital Ranger

Exciting reading to start my morning…non-fiction at that!!! Thanks for the blow by blow in the bush!

Heather Downer
Explorer

The Birmingham starts out fighting 2 avocas and you say he comes out second best! I feel he did great, he survived against the 2 avocas which tells me that he is one tough cat! He held his own and injured avoca in the process. One on one or two on two from the get go, avocas will not win. Can you post injured cats from this incident so we can see.

I would also like them to post more photos, so we can see the real situation in which each lion finds itself.

Noele Sewell
Explorer

I too would not call Tinyo or Nhehna old, sure they might be older than the Avocas but Tinyo charged in and even Kyle said one of the Avocas was lying under a tree not moving. Would love to see pictures of the aftermath, I dont think Tinyo was “run off” either. Just saying

Kyle Gordon
Contributor

The thing of it is that we aren’t always ready with the camera. We always try to balance out capturing the moment digitally with just capturing the moment with our guests; it’s often a tough choice!!! I’m sure photos will slowly surface as everyone gets through their various edits and such.

Christa Blessing
Master Tracker

This shift of power from the Birmingham coalition to younger males is surely very interesting. It’s the course of nature, of course. Still, I am a bit sorry for the older lions and also admire their stamina. They do not give in easily.

Fascinating indeed to read the blogs about lion dynamics at Londolozi. Living in Europe it is even more fascinating. I can hardly wait to book a trip and these majestic boys myself. ( But …I will wait a bit until Covid contaminations are not rising so drastically again). In the meantime I will check your stories – they were “lifesavers” during lockdown and still make my day.

Kyle Gordon
Contributor

I’m so glad you have enjoyed the blogs, Ella!! Can’t wait to have you here once the dust settles.

Vin Beni
Guest contributor

Major changes in the lion dynamics–beware the Avoca males.

So, tinyo only fought against avocas? Where was Nhenha?
Tinyo is very aggressive, but nhenha is a tank, the BBoys cannot be underestimated, despite their age they are in good shape and are giants. nhenha needs a rematch with mowhak.

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

We believe so but have not hard evidence apart from the injuries on the two. I am sure there will be more to come in the future.

Heather Downer
Explorer

If the lions with injuries have been sighted, why are there no pictures of these cats? Words are easy but I like many people like to see for myself. This is not the first time Tinyo has taken on 2 other male lions himself. September 2017 wild earth video the presenter was Allie and she informed watches what had happened, one lion had died from this fight. Allie found Tinyo cleaning himself after which he got up and walk down the road then laid down again.

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

We will share images as and when we get some.

Valmai Vorster
Digital Tracker

Shame I can’t believe it is happened, although it was inevitable. I feel sorry for both the male lions on each side, the Birmingham and the Avoca males. Hope they both recover and stay within their boundaries to prevent another fight, maybe even death. The Ntsevu females have got something to do with this, as the males go after the females for mating rights. Your tracker is an exceptional tracker.

Kyle Gordon
Contributor

It does seem that all lions involved have made it through with relatively little permanent damage!! I think the males are just doing what they are “programmed” to do and trying to establish a bigger territory and mate with more females. And yes, Prof is an amazing tracker, I’m very lucky!

Bob and Lucie Fjeldstad
Guest contributor

Great storytelling Kyle, especially grabbing our attention with your opening paragraph!

Linda From California
Senior Digital Ranger

It sounds like the one Avoca male may have had his old injury reinjured if you saw it swollen. I know I got my answer that the Avocas are willing to fight for a territory now. Before on Djuma, they just walked in on it since the Birmingham’s had moved off. What an exciting drive that was for you. Thanks for sharing that with us.

I would love to know how an older Tinyo escaped with an injured back left leg from 2 Avocas in their prime, trying to take over their territory? Did Nhenha appear and scare the Avocas back north? Secrets of the bush.

Kyle Gordon
Contributor

Your last line nails it, Lawrence. Secrets of the bush indeed!!

Michael Fleetwood
Digital Tracker

Great account Kyle! How do you think the Avocas will affect the developments and ultimate settling of the Ntsevu Pride as the younger lionesses reach sexual maturity and the males disperse?

Stephen Torgesen
Explorer

Can any of the guides and trackers offer a theory why the Birmingham male could survive a battle with less than fatal wounds and even inflict wounds on an Avoca male, but the Othawa male in his prime did not survive in his battle with the Birmingham males and did not inflict any damage to either one of them?

really, this is a point I hadn’t thought of, but it makes sense

Kyle Gordon
Contributor

If I’m not mistaken, the one Birmingham did seem to be injured in this encounter. Seemed to be injured on his back left leg and was keeping his weight off of it.

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

Oh my, the BBoys seem to be under fire from all borders. So far, they’ve both survived with minor injuries, but I fear their age inability to heal quickly could be their downfall. I encountered them during my first visit in 2018 and was mesmerized by their strength and stately movements throughout the property. This time, just a couple months ago, I was shocked by how old and tired one looked, walking carefully due to his shoulder tumor. I will be sad to see them defeated, most likely within the next year, but know they will fight for their pride and territory until their last breath or forced to leave. I appreciate the update!

I really appreciate your perspective especially since you have been there and can give an eye witness view. Thank you

Ian Hall
Master Tracker

As in boxing Youth Must Be Served,

Can please tell us if this is the same skirmish that was spoken before where the female was the Avocas or is this a whole different one. Kinda of confusing,

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Morning Kimberly, yes this is the same skirmish.
Here is a link to the other blog post:
https://blog.londolozi.com/2021/06/22/the-northern-avoca-coalition-step-into-a-power-vacuum/

@Sean Zeederberg, I was hoping it was. thank you so much.

Andrew Miller
Explorer

Interesting but we’ll never know if Tinyo met blonde or both Avoca . Maybe Mohawk turned up and turned the tables forcing Tinyo to leave . Tinyo. looking fine now but could be a flashpoint at anytime with Avoca encroaching into the kambulas more often.

Michael and Terri Klauber
Guest contributor

Thanks for an exciting story Kyle! Lion warfare is certainly exciting and these two coalitions are definitely in the thick of seeing who is going to take control!

Noele Sewell
Explorer

I wonder where Nhehna was.. I’m sure this won’t be the last time there is a confrontation.

Kyle Gordon
Contributor

I am sure it won’t be!!

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