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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 An Incredible Standoff Between Lions and Hyenas

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Vin Beni
Guest contributor

One word: WOW!

Kyle Gordon
Contributor

It was incredible!

Francesca Doria
Master Tracker

What an intriguing scene with mothers and cubs / pups to protect on both sides! I would have liked to see the scene as well

Kyle Gordon
Contributor

The pride vs the clan. Two very social animals protecting what is theirs!

Suzanne Gibson
Guest contributor

What an amazing sighting, Kyle! Hope to see you again next week.

Kyle Gordon
Contributor

Hey Suzanne, great to see you yesterday morning! Hope you are having the best time!

Tammy Hynes
Explorer

The hynea lion video was awful, sorry couldn’t see nothing why post it. Very disappointed

Kyle Gordon
Contributor

Hi Tammy. Apologies for the poor quality. I used the video as a way to try and convey the excitement of the situation but the audio was really what I intended to come across; the hyena clan cackling and howling as the lion pride roared back was incredible!

Irene Henkes
Digital Tracker

Wow….. epic!!!!

William Paynter
Digital Tracker

What an encounter to witness! Survival of the smartest or trickiest, no necessarily the fittest or strongest. Very cool, thanks Kyle.

Kyle Gordon
Contributor

Exactly!! I like that. Thanks William

Christa Blessing
Master Tracker

Wow, what a really amazing sight! Incredible.
Those lions and hyenas are really at each others’ throat.
I remember when I was in Londolozi, nearly a year ago, we witnessed one hyena being killed by three lions. An ancient feud between those species going on.

Kyle Gordon
Contributor

That must have been pretty a very intense sighting, Christa! Awesome but also hard to watch. But yes, an ancient feud indeed.

Michael and Terri Klauber
Guest contributor

Kyle, What a fantastic sighting! The standoff was epic. Not sure which side won, but it was really exciting to watch!

Kyle Gordon
Contributor

Hi Michael and Terri! I think they eventually called it a draw and went their separate ways. Rather not risk injury unnecessarily.

Bob and Lucie Fjeldstad
Guest contributor

Kyle, you are DEFINITELY one of the MOST entertaining storytellers at Londolozi. We were mesmerized by the story as if we were in the vehicle with you and Prof. And a special thanks to the Loxton family for their perseverance and videography!!! Well done to all!!!

Kyle Gordon
Contributor

Bob and Lucy, you two know all about the patience involved in a good track and find. But it’s always worth it! Thanks so much for your kind words, it means a lot.

Leonie De Young
Master Tracker

What an exciting drive Kyle. Some good pics also. Thanks for sharing.

Valmai Vorster
Master Tracker

Kyle what suspense you and your tracker and guests had with this commotion happening right in front of you. Those sounds from the hyenas gives me the creeps and I can just imagine how load that must have been. So exciting and nervous at the same time. Stunning!!!

Kyle Gordon
Contributor

Thanks Valmai! It really was such an exciting afternoon. We all loved it!

Demitrice Venters
Digital Ranger

I hope the lions are okay. I love lions. I don’t like hyenas.

Kyle Gordon
Contributor

I think everyone came out ok in this instance, Demitrice!

Paul Canales
Master Tracker

INCREDIBLE!!

Lisa Antell
Digital Tracker

Gotta put the time in and then the bush rewards you……..great sighting!

Kyle Gordon
Contributor

Exactly! You know the story, Lisa!

Cally Staniland
Master Tracker

What a great afternoon and final drive for your guests Kyle. Though the footage was distant and a little difficult to see clearly, it was so super that your guest shared this moment with us, as even just the sounds of the altication between the lions and hyenas made us feel we were there. Thank you 🙏🏻

Kyle Gordon
Contributor

Hi Cally. Yes, the go pro footage and low light make for tough viewing but it was all about the audio in this instance! I’m glad you enjoyed!

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