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Barry Bath

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Barry grew up in Johannesburg and knew from a young age that he had a true love for the African bush yet it was only after spending several years in the corporate world in Europe, followed by a two year sabbatical of traveling ...

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on The Birmingham Male Returns with New Blood

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Maki
Explorer

The Ndhzenga males have arrived for nearly half a year and there is no blog about them, not even one, for me this blog is full of personal feelings, like eager to see the Ndhzenga fails.

Francesca Doria
Master Tracker

Hi, actually I wouldn’t be enthusiastic at seeing the new Birmingham coalition defeated to death! I was sorry for the Othawa male, such a perfect gorgeous lion, but he dared too much. I hope the old Birmingham male will be as wise as he has been until now. He is a real fighter though, let’s see what happens

Barry Bath
Contributor

Hi Francesca, it certainly would be sad to see the Birmingham Coalition defeated as they have been such an integral part of our lion dynamics over the past few years. It will certainly be interesting to see what transpires over the next few months.

Vin Beni
Guest contributor

It’s been a wild 18 months for lion dynamics.
We saw the 2 remaining Birmingham males in winter 2021, having seen both on previous visits. They both were in pretty bad shape, one more than the other. It’s incredible how robust the remaining Birmingham male appears to be, given his condition a little more than a year ago.

Barry Bath
Contributor

Hi Vin, you’re right their condition in winter 2021 looked as if both were on their way out. The last remaining male looks like he has had a drink from the fountain of youth.

Hi, the Nkuhuma male is actually born in 2016 and maybe won’t ever have a full mane

Kara Taylor
Master Tracker

Excellent post regarding the current lion dynamics. I loved the audio of the lion roaring that is something one can never forget – I get chills every time!

Barry Bath
Contributor

Hi Kara, I always hope that every guests that visits us has the opportunity to hear a male lion roaring. It certainly is something one will never forget!

Liam Donnelly
Explorer

Great write up, thanks! Looking forward to returning to Londolozi next year, no doubt it will have all changed again!

Barry Bath
Contributor

Thanks Liam, the bush always has surprises in store for us around every corner so I’m sure there will be some on your next visit.

Valmai Vorster
Master Tracker

Barry it is going to happen soon the fight between the coalitions. I actually feel sorry for all of them, it is a pity they can not all have their own territory. But that id the raw wild and we will soon enough hear and see who has come out on top.

Barry Bath
Contributor

Hi Valmai, it isn’t easy being a male lion particularly in such a high density area like the Sabi Sand.

Valmai Vorster
Master Tracker

I have a soft spot in my heart for the Birmingham lion, they were such stunning lions.

Barry Bath
Contributor

Hi Valmai, I too have a soft spot for the Birmingham Males and it’s great to see him flying the flag as the last of his coalition.

William Paynter
Master Tracker

Barry, thanks for the update. This will truly be interesting to observe.

Barry Bath
Contributor

Hi William, I’m also excited to see what transpires in the next few months.

Debra Matott
Senior Digital Ranger

An interesting future is in store!

Barry Bath
Contributor

A Debra, it certainly will be interesting!

Scar Mbiri
Explorer

I wonder if Nhenha is bigger than the bigger Plains camp boy?

Barry Bath
Contributor

It would be interesting to see them side by side. They are both sizeable lions!

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

Thanks for this informative update Barry. I have a special place in my heart for the Birmingham males as they were the first male lions I viewed at Londolozi. Now I feel I have a vested interest in this last surviving brother as to his future. I’m happy to hear that he has formed a coalition with his nephew/son, just as Tsalala has bonded with her aunt. The solitary life of any lion is not in their nature , due to their strong Pride background, except I assume if a single male survives from a pride’s cubs,then he would become a nomad. At any rate, given the current dynamics of the Ndhzengas and Plains Camp males, the next few months should become interesting. If in fact, the Birmingham coalition could pick off one of the Ndhzengas, that could really change the dynamics. I’ll be looking forward to more updates.

Ian Hall
Master Tracker

Fascinating , you can never tell .

Lucky Luck
Explorer

Thanks

Stephen Torgesen
Explorer

Barry, do you know what happened to the Styx young male?

Christa Blessing
Master Tracker

Great story, Barry.
It is really fascinating how the new coalition will handle the situation with so many other coalitions around

Paul Canales
Master Tracker

Very interesting developments – I can’t wait to hear what transpires!

Tricia Ball
Explorer

I thought I commented the other day. Nevertheless, great story, Barry. What happened to the male with the club foot that had recently been in a fight with another male ? Looking forward to bringing 5 friends back in May, 2024.

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