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has the last adult burringham male now passed away or u just haven’t seen him?

He joined his nephew the Nkuhuma male and control 2 lionesses in western Sabi Sands

The last Birmingham male is alive and well. He has teamed up with his son/nephew from the Nkuhuma pride and is roaming about west of Londolozi. He has even been witnessed mating with a couple of females there; so more offspring could be on their way!

what happened to all the tsalala pride, considering it was such a large pride

1 young female survives and joined an old pregnant Mhangeni female in western Sabi Sands recently.

Thanks for this update Kirst on the Birmingham lineage, that now appears to have come to an end. They had a good run overseeing three prides but as their numbers dwindled, so did their stronghold. Actually, what is the average time span for male coalitions to control a pride(prides)? I’m guessing it’s in the 3-5 year range. What are the sexes are the remaining two Birmingham cubs and if they reach sub adult age, will they still need to move away if the Ndhzengas are still in control? I think the dynamics of lion prides are complicated as well as fluid. The dominant males seem to constantly remain in a defensive mode, always watching for any interlopers.
As an aside, how is the Nkuhuma pride doing?

Great, 7 sub adults (5M, 2F)+ 1 adult lioness are always together and they often join the Childcare group which conssists of 3 lionesses (who happen to be Birmingham males’ daughters) and their 7 18 month old cubs.

The last 2 Birmingham males looked very worn out when we saw them last July, although one apparently made a recovery.

They are incredibly resilient animals. Unfortunately, only one of the males is still alive and is being seen in the western sector withe the Nkuhuma Male.

A great blog that makes me wish to return to Londolozi.

So sad that two cubs died… they had to face a harsh reality living as refugees. The Birmingham males were beautiful lions, I hope their offspring survive, the mothers are great mums. Lions are incredible the way they need close physical contact even if it’s hot they sleep side to side, i can’tthink of anotheranimal species that does that. The picture of them drinking together is fantastic

It’s nature, but it’s still sad that these lionesses have lost two of the remaining cubs. Let’s hope that the rest of them will make it.
The Birmingham males ruled for only four to five years, didn’t they? That’s not a very long time; probably, I guess, just enough time to raise one litter of cubs successfully and maybe , with some luck, a second one.

They were dominant in Northern Sabi Sands since 2015 after they ousted the Matimba males, so 6 years. And the last of them is now in control of the last Ximhungwe lioness and her adopted daughter, the Othawa Breakaway female. So it’s 7 years for the Birmingham coalition, he joined his nephew the Nkuhuma male (born in May 2016).

Thanks for the insight Agustin. Amazing how the lion dynamics keep chaging

We are hoping so too Christa!

I really love that photo of the big Nstevu pride all lined up at the waterhole.

Thanks, Kirst, for bringing me up to date on the Birmingham Male’s lineage.

The foto of them all lined up to drink is a magnificent foto. What has happened to the last Birmingham male lion.

The last Birmingham male is in the western sector with the Nkuhuma male. Seems the two are doing well and lucky to have found each other.

Rooting for the last two Birmingham male cubs… godspeed boys!!!

The Birmingham males were so magnificent and the Majingilane before them. When will we see another coalition so powerful again. I was lucky enough to see both in their times of dominance.

The Birmingham legacy is all over the Sabi Sands now……Nenha, the remaining Birmingham boy is alive and teamed up with his son/nephew and making new cubbies…..his daughters are part of the Nstevus, and Nkuhuma pride, and of course, the remaining younger male that is his coalition partner. I would say that the Birmingham legacy is firmly stamped in the genetic legacy of lions in the Sabi Sand.

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