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Kyle Gordon


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 Tactics in managing a take-over (Part 2 of lion behaviour through a take-over)

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Mary Beth Wheeler
Master Tracker

Interesting blog, Kyle. But strictly by the numbers, how many females are raising how many cubs under 18 months and how many subadults are there these days? How are the subadults likely to fare in any takeover bid?

Tammy Hynes

My views are this sucks hate it when the cubs are going to be killed. I also think they’d have a better chance of survival if the lion prides had the amount of land they were accustomed to

Valmai Vorster
Master Tracker

Kyle whatever happens there is bound to be some cubs that will be killed. So sad really because they are so cute and gorgeous. Ntsevu pride is looking good, we hope the take over, when it happens does not cause to much damage to the respective prides.

Valmai Vorster
Master Tracker

Beautiful video of all the cubs together with the three lionessess. So special to see that sighting. Thanks very much.

Lisa Antell
Master Tracker

Will be fascinating to watch. The Nkuhuma pride is currently going through some similar dynamics too. Hoping for the best outcomes for the cubbies!

Francesca Doria
Master Tracker

Hi Kyle, although it is nature’s rule it’s sad to think that the pride will be under attack. Yes, we are humans, but our feelings certainly evolved from bare basic needs to survive and duplicate our DNA. I wonder what happens to animals, after all moderhood is a biological need… we will follow your blog to see what happens

Irene Henkes
Digital Tracker

I do hope that the youngster are loyal, and that they support the remaining Birmingham male. However, I do not think lions think like that. On the other hand, in Hwange Jericho also managed to raise the cubs alone (as a lone male). I also hope they realise that there are many of them…………. But it can go either way. It really is a very interesting period of time that is coming up!!

Christa Blessing
Master Tracker

Watching the behavior of those lionesses and their cubs is really fascinating. I am looking forward to their next moves and to seeing what strategies they will use, and how these lionesses will make sure, or at least try to make sure that their young ones survive. They are so extremely cute and it really is such a pity that so many of those lovely cubs won’t make it to adulthood. On one hand it seems to be such a waste by nature, on the other hand, of course, everyone always tries to pass on only his/ her genes.

Camille Koertner
Senior Digital Ranger

Fascinating information! Always something new to learn about progeny. Kuddos to these Lionesses for adapting to many of nature’s upheavals–even if it isn’t Covid!

Mama Lioness
Senior Digital Ranger

Seeing the last cub straggling along to keep up with its pride is so heart breaking. Life in the Bush for the pride in and of itself is heart wrenching to watch,. The larger (the mama’s, aunties and grandma’s) look well nourished, but knowing that they and their pride have to live “on the edge,” one day at a time as best as they can leaves little room for mental comfort for us humans.
The lions don’t know any better, but we sure do!
From the present looks of the Mhangeni pride, it’s quite large. Hopefully,it will be a pleasant long chapter for them all.

Johanna Browne
Senior Digital Ranger

Interesting thoughts and hopefully the numbers alone with this pride will help insure the safety of those cubs with the upcoming independent males and females. However the passé belief that we are anthropomorphising in understanding an animals emotions and thinking for any reason that we are the only creatures on this planet that have emotions, has been proven long ago to be a biased and assumptive statement and wholly untrue. I do appreciate your clarification that you look forward to the decisions and “ strategies” played out instead of some who look forward to a war, where undoubtedly an animal may be mortally wounded. I agree it will be interesting, though I am nervous for some of the more familiar players.

Vin Beni
Master Tracker

With the lessening impact of the Birmingham male(s), I think the Avoca males will gain prominence.

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

Fascinating blog Kyle that really poked my brain. I’ve been following the Tsalala, Mhagene and Ntsevu prides for a few years now, amazed by the seeming fluidity of new prides formed out of necessity i.e. Tsalala foursome morphing to Mhagene, etc. Now the Ntsevu, created from the Mhagene sub adults, are in a position to possibly split, maybe to protect the cubs or because the numbers are too great to survive – one Impala brought down won’t feed 16! So, I’m waiting with all of you to see how life goes for this pride. There may be losses, but there will be gains as well.

Cally Staniland
Master Tracker

Fascinating seeing things from the female side… as always they seem to have the more difficult position ahead and I hope that as things play out, as nature intended, that some of the cubs survive🙏🏻 Will be very interesting to read your follow up Kyle.

Suzanne Gibson
Master Tracker

Goodness only knows what will happen! – but it will be very interesting either way. I should be back at Founders in 3 and a half weeks, can’t wait!

Bob and Lucie Fjeldstad
Master Tracker

Fascinating as always Kyle!

Lisa Antell
Master Tracker

The times are changing……will be very sad to lose these cubs, and it will be fascinating to see how the lionesses try to move around and save them. I hope that none of the females ends up a victim while she protects her cubbies.

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