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Nick Sims

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Nick was a ranger at Londolozi from 2018 - 2022. He always had a love for nature. Growing up in Johannesburg, the annual family trip to the bush (particularly the Kruger Lowveld region of South Africa) became an escape from city life. When ...

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on The Nkuhuma Pride of Lions and the Warthog

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Irene Henkes
Digital Tracker

Well. there was this one warthog that came racing through………
Thanks for the blog!

Francesca Doria
Master Tracker

Poor warthog, it disappeared in a few seconds. But also the Picadilly female, I guess leopards are about the top frustrated animals, they are robbed almost every time it seems! It must be a huge effort to keep their cubs alive and kicking. At last someone is satisfied in the end- lions…

William Paynter
Master Tracker

Survival, it looked like one warthog was taken while two or three got away. Thanks Nick for providing this encounter.

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Bob and Lucie Fjeldstad
Master Tracker

Wow Nick, not pleasant but definitely reality in its rawest form. The second warthog that surfed his/her way through that bunch was lucky to escape. We watched a similar event right next to our vehicle in Tswalu between wild dogs and a pair of warthogs and neither warthog survived that exchange! Brutal to watch just a few feet away but as ou say,”Such is the way of nature, a never-ending struggle for survival”.

Christa Blessing
Master Tracker

Really an epic battle between the two species, which the lions won.

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

Good to see your story Nick! What an exciting sighting that was, all those lions digging and waiting to get to the warthog inside. After the capture I imagine it was consumed within a few minutes considering the prey wasn’t that large and there were several of the sub adults. Watching a kill is never easy, but it is the only way the species survive. Additionally, the success rate for lions isn’t a great percentage so any time they can actually succeed, will sustain them for a bit, although in this case, I doubt if any the the lions were satisfied. Good job in shooting the video!

Chelsea Allard
Master Tracker

Now when my cat is digging in her litter box, instead of asking if she’s digging to China, I’ll ask if she’s hunting warthogs. 😂 🐗

Valmai Vorster
Master Tracker

Wow that was epic and the warthog parent running right into the lions eating the warthog baby. My goodness and the lions ate their meal right by the Land Rover. Good footage Nick.

Vin Beni
Master Tracker

Great job with the video, Nick. Incredible adventure so close to the vehicles.

Mj Bradley
Senior Digital Ranger

Great sighting! Always nice to get an update on the Nkuhuma’s.
Thank you sharing

Cally Staniland
Master Tracker

Terrific footage Nick ! As you say it’s survival of the fittest and sometimes the winner isn’t the one we expect. Nature is just amazing ..we humans could certainly learn a lot about survival and maintaining a perfect ecosystem.thanks Nick 🙏🏻💕

Lisa Antell
Master Tracker

Nature at its rawest……wow. And warthogs do not go quietly into the night……poor wartie. But yay that the Nkuhumas got a meal!

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