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Chris Taylor

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Chris was born and raised in the Kwa-Zulu/Natal Midlands where his family inspired his early passion for the natural world. Exploring Southern Africa as he grew up, this passion was allowed to develop and his curiosity to expand. After high school, Chris spent ...

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on A Thrilling Morning Following the Ndzhenga Males

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Gawie Jordaan
Digital Tracker

Good morning,
i might have missed it from previous blogs, but does anyone know where the Ndzenges are branching from?

Chris Taylor
Ranger

Hi Gawie. They have steadily been moving north into the Sabi Sands from the southern Kruger National Park. As far as I am aware they were born and raised around Skukuza rest camp and have been territorial in the southern Sabi Sands for the past couple of years.

Gawie Jordaan
Digital Tracker

sorry Ndzenga’s.

Camille Koertner
Senior Digital Ranger

Chris. This seems a good post to ask several questions about “Brothers”. We learned this term with the Birmingham Males as well as now with these Ndzhenga Males. Are they all conceived from the same parents or rather born to the same pride? Are they born in the same year or perhaps a separation of litters makes for a longer age spread? You mentioned that the existing Ntseva Cubs are from the removed Birmingham Male. Do you know this from the ages of the cubs? Will adult male lions only tolerate brothers in a coalition or is it more of a Brotherhood? Understandably you may not have specific answers to my questions, but get the general drift of what constitutes the term Brothers!

Chris Taylor
Ranger

Hi Camille. We use the term ‘brothers’ very loosely when it comes to male lion coalitions. It could be the case that the lions are indeed brothers from the same litter, born to the same mother but more often than not they will just lions that were born to the same pride around the same time, potentially being born to different mothers and even potentially born a few months apart. On the odd occasion, male lion coalitions will also adopt a completely unrelated lion to their coalition (as is the case with the one Ndzenga Male in fact).

We know that the four cubs belong to the Birmingham Male because of their age (the Ndzenga males have not been around here long enough to be their father. I hope this has answered your questions.

Christa Blessing
Master Tracker

Great photos of these lions, Chris.What a relief that they didn’t find the cubs and their mothers, at least not that morning. I do hope that they will survive.

Chris Taylor
Ranger

Hi Christa. The four cubs are still alive and doing very well as of this morning, which is great news.

Francesca Doria
Master Tracker

The Ntsevu lionesses must be on the edge, knowing that such powerful and determined males are after them and their cubs. But the Tsalala female succeeded to raise her cub against all odds, so maybe there’s hope for them too

Chris Taylor
Ranger

That is true, Francesca. While the odds may not be in their favour, it is more than possible for them to survive.

Suzanne Gibson
Guest contributor

Phew, lucky escape for the 4 youngsters!

Chris Taylor
Ranger

A lucky escape indeed!

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

Phew, that was a close call for the Ntsevu females with their cubs. It makes me wonder if the Ndhzenga males somehow know they exist in the area and want them gone! Have any of the Ntsevu females given birth to their cubs? That was an exciting drive for you and your guests to be able to follow them and view in open spaces. Thank you for the great photos!

Suzanne Myers
Explorer

CHRIS,,, Many Thanks for info on these beautiful creatures!! LIONS are Truly my Favorite! I am wondering where that last Tsalala Lioness is??? And What is going on with her!!! She should be at Adult age now and wondering Which of the Males she may hook up with to breed?? Is it possible she would try to join another group? What are possibilities of this PRECIOUS LIONESS???

Valmai Vorster
Master Tracker

So glad the 4 cubs were not found by the 3 Ndhzenga male lions. Hopefully they can be spared from these beautiful Ndhzenga male lions.

Maxey Grant
Explorer

Hello do you know how old the ndhzenga males are heared one is older but do you know the age range ?
Thank you

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