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Patrick Grealy

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Patrick was born and raised in Johannesburg and from a young age dreamt about living in the bush. He grew up going on family holidays to Madikwe in the North West where his passion grew. After high school Patrick went to the Eastern ...

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on Whats next for the Plains Camp Male Lions?

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Jos Smulders
Explorer

The situation with the various scenarios, regarding the male coalitions,is like a good novel. We can’t wait for the next episode,in their endeavors.

Cui Bo
Explorer

The competition between the lions is always fascinating.Let’s looking forward to the future story!

Irene Henkes
Senior Digital Ranger

Sounds very interesting, love it!! Does anyone know where these Plains camp guys come from? Not related to the prides already around?

Michael and Terri Klauber
Guest contributor

Patrick, What an exciting time! Three coalitions will keep things very interesting to follow and we will just have to see whether they are able to find their place and connect with a pride. It’s hard to predict and lion warfare is ever-changing! Thanks for the update!

Cally Staniland
Digital Tracker

Indeed…Interesting times ahead !! Thanks Patrick for keeping us up to date. 🙏❤️

Christa Blessing
Master Tracker

The lions’ dynamics are really very interesting. The Plains Camp Males are indeed very good looking lions. Maybe they will be luckier than the Ottawa male who met his fate so prematurely.
I am looking forward to hearing more of these lions and all the other ones at Londolozi.

Vin Beni
Guest contributor

Glad that we were able to see both Birmingham males during last visit. Also got a first-time look at the Avoca males. My money’s on them!

Valmai Vorster
Digital Tracker

Patrick this is going to be very interesting to see what materialize with these three different male lions. The plains campmales are such a stunning duo and I think they are just waiting for the right time to make their move. They are still young and maybe they are trying to get more experience and be more mature before taking their chance of a coalition.

I’ve heard this story for a long time that the BBoys will lose territory, that they will be subdued, it seems that someone is hoping for that to happen.
But the BBoys always come back stronger, it is evident that age is an important factor in the fall of lions, however these two males (BBoys), are bigger and more experienced than the coalitions that are around them, don’t try to take them away of the game early, as they have already shown what they are capable of. They are still in good physical shape.
The PC boys are beautiful lions but they still need to mature more.
Avocas are a real danger to BBoys, but BBoys are still strong and can stay in the game.

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

Like the spring grasses moving to and fro in the gentle breezes, so it seems the male lions are drifting in and out of the Birmingham’s territory, perhaps looking for an easy take-over or as you stated, seeking an available female for breeding purposes. Since the Ntsevu sub adult females are of the age to produce cubs, this could be an interesting combination. I guess my question would be, where could they set up a pride since both the Ntsevu and Nkuhuma prides occupy territory within Londolozi’s borders And the Mhagene seem to move east at times as well. So much to ponder, imagine and I can hardly wait for the next big event! C

Francesca Doria
Digital Tracker

I can’t believe yet that the Othawa male is no longer… at the same time the resilience of the Birmingham males keeps me un awe, almost like the Tsalala lionesses. Real masterworks of nature.

Bob and Lucie Fjeldstad
Guest contributor

It does feel like a daytime high school drama of who’s dating who, who’s sleeping with who, who’s picking a fight with who, and who is going to be the next prom king. We all wait eagerly for the next episode.

William Paynter
Senior Digital Ranger

Fascinating dynamics thanks Patrick for the update and super pictures.

Michael Fleetwood
Digital Tracker

Hi Patrick, thanks for the post! Not sure if you were aware, but the Plains Camp Males have been seen in the Western Sector with the Ximhungwe Lioness, and also recently were seen mating with one of the Nkuhuma Pride lionesses further north of Londolozi around Othawa/Robson’s property and Elephant Plains boundary. Certainly think they are ones to watch and the fact they are still around would indicate they have a chance to establish themselves do you think?

Lisa Antell
Digital Tracker

Saw these boys hiding in a dense thicket on Dulini on July 6th…….they were definitely not being very visible or obvious. Such is the life of a nomadic male lion coalition…….

Leonie De Young
Digital Tracker

An interesting blog Patrick. The lion dynamics are fascinating. Thanks for sharing with us – enjoyed it.

Mike Dominici
Explorer

These young males look very impressive and appear to have a promising future as kings. I think that will depend on them staying together at all times. If one gets caught alone by another coalition it could prove disastrous. Let’s hope they make it as rulers and no lions die in the process. Please keep us informed. Amazing story lines with male lions.

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