So delighted to see the Tsalala lioness. My heart still aches to see her alone. I still remember the special sightings of her and her mother. But the young Tsalala is hanging on and is doing so well. That’s a real tribute to her mother: using the skills she was taught to survive and then – I pray – to thrive. I hope she is able to find a companion to help her on her journey.
It would also be good to see the Birmingham male again. Hopefully he will return from Singita one day with the Nkuhuma male.
Very strange to see Dark Mane on Londolozi, but it seems that there are a lot of unusual movements at the moment. I prefer the periods of stability – when life is a little more predictable and when lions have a greater chance of successfully raising their cubs. I hope those days will return.
We spend the morning intrigued for a number of reasons. Firstly we find one of the Northern Avoca Males feeding on a young giraffe kill with a few of the Ntsevu Sub-adults. The intrigue comes from the fact that the Northern Avoca Male we are with is known as the Dark-maned Male, who hardly ever comes onto Londolozi. To our knowledge, he is not the father of these young lions and so we would have expected a little more hostility between them. Yes, he dominates the carcass as a larger lion would, but this is fairly unusual behaviour unless he could have spent more time with the Ntsevu Females than we are aware of.
What then baffles us further is that the Tsalala Lioness was found very nearby, by the time we get to her she has moved away from the feeding lions. This gets us thinking that she most likely killed the giraffe and through the possible commotion, with hyenas the other lions could have heard this and moved in to steal the carcass. She had a full belly and looked in perfect condition.
We then enjoy yet another sighting of one of the Nkoveni Young Females as she waits at the top of the dead knobthorn for her mother to return. We have high hopes of capturing a great image as she stands up and stretches before descending the tree. We were successful!
Enjoy this Virtual Safari…
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It is amazing to see that the Tsalala Female is still doing so well. We are hoping to see the Birmingham Male again soon too.
Things will eventually settle down again but these periods of unrest are inevitable with the lion dynamics and are all part of the process.