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Dan Hirschowitz

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Dan developed his love for the African bush whilst growing up on a family run farm in the Kwa-Zulu Natal midlands. Growing up in the bushveld he was surrounded by wildlife and finds his passion in what nature has to offer. After completing ...

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on The Ntsevu Sub-Adult Males as a Coalition

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Christa Blessing
Master Tracker

Isa these lions when they were still little cubs and also last year when they had already become sub adults. It is really interesting to follow their fate. What will become of them?
What do you think, how many pride of lions or different coalitions can Londolozi support? Will the ones who have to go probably leave in the direction of the Krüger Park?

Hi Christa.

It is very interesting indeed. The amazing fact is that no one can be certain what will happen. Londolozi is capable of holding more than one dominant coalition, however due to the behaviour of dominant male lions it is likely they’ll have a run in with each other..

Francesca Doria
Master Tracker

I am excited at the idea of a new lion coalition right in Londolozi. These young males look handsome like their fathers the Birmingham males. Perhaps they may become a huge powerful force to be reckoned with, like Mapogo or Majingilane… if they manage to stay alive and don’t split. How many lionesses form the Ntsevu pride now?

Hi Francesca,
All six adult lionesses (born 2013) are still alive, three of the ‘sub adult females have joined with their mothers.

Vin Beni
Guest contributor

The progression of this sub0group has been amazing as is the fact that you’ve been able to monitor it.

Zaahid Loonat
Explorer

There are actually 12 sub adults. 6 males and 6 females. 10 of the 12 were born in 2018 and 2 were born in 2019. There is a monthly difference between the four litters born in 2018. There are 2 older males from two seperate litters and 3 males born into one litter. There is one male and one female born in 2019. 3 of the 6 females are back with the pride whilst the other 3 stays with their brothers.

Aimen Bentorki
Explorer

Amazing stuff. Thank’s

Michael Fleetwood
Digital Tracker

Hi Dan, great article! Will be interesting to see where they might end up! Not sure if all six have been seen since this, but on May 10 two of the males were seen south of the Sabi Sands near Phabeni according to the Kruger Latest Sightings post; also three of the males had been seen further north in the Sabi Sands as well.

William Paynter
Digital Tracker

Dan thanks for this update on the Ntsevu male lions as they negotiate there lives at Londolozi. Keep us informed, it will be fascinating to follow them for the nest several years.

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

Terrific update Dan! I’m looking forward to seeing how the Ntsevu males deal with the invaders in their home territory, and if they remain 6 strong they could really challenge the Ndhzenga team, since two are quite wounded at this time. I realize they’re young and inexperienced in the ways of leadership, but as you stated, staying under the easer could definitely work to their advantage! Thank you!!

Ian Hall
Master Tracker

We will watch with interest. As an aside , what has happened to the other “ under the radar “ lioness the Tsala Lioness

Hi Ian,
She had been seen quite often a few weeks ago. Unfortunately we haven’t see the young Tsalala lioness in about three weeks now.

Chelsea Allard
Digital Tracker

It will be interesting to watch this group to see what ultimately happens. Would it not be strange for them to stick around so close to their mothers? They obviously don’t want to mate with their relatives.

Valmai Vorster
Master Tracker

What beautiful male lions they have become. We know now there father was one of the Birmingham male lions , leaves them with good genes. The Ntsevu young no Mads have a while to go before they can take over.

Michael and Terri Klauber
Guest contributor

Dan, Thanks for the update! We are thrilled that the young males are doing so well. We hope to see them become a strong (and young) coalition! Would they ever mate with their female siblings?

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