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As a young boy growing up on an agricultural farm in Zimbabwe, Sean spent every opportunity entertaining himself outdoors, camping in the local nature reserve and learning about all facets of the natural world. After completing a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental ...

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on Ntsevu Pride Or Kambula Pride- What is the Difference?

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I am totally enamored with naming of the animals, with a practical and creative purpose. It has fascinated me from day one.

What a wonderful way to keep track of the shifting dynamics of animal life. Thanks for the information Sean.

Lion dynamics are constantly shifting and so it is extremely important.

Thanks for the explanation, Sean. I still have some questions, though. Is this smaller Ntsevu pride spending time on Londolozi and/or Mala Mala or are they mainly north of the property? Are the maturing 3 males and their sister, fathered by the Birmingham males, still being called the Ntsevu Breakaways?

The ‘Ntsevu Pride’ are spending most of their time on Mala Mala, around Campbell Koppies. They come on to Londolozi every now and then.

The Breakaway Males sadly are stuck in the predicament that the Ntsevu/Kambula Pride were in prior to this recent renaming. We refer to them as the Ntsevu Males or Ntsevu Breakaways, but the online community refer to them as the Kambula Males. We are in the process of working this out as we speak.

Thanks, Sean!

Hi Sean, thank you so much for sharing the with us the naming of the twi lion prides. I am infatuated with the names and it serves a good purpose. Once a person knows the name, immediately the foto of the pride comes up in your brain. Both prides are beautiful and we hope they can venture in the wilderness without embarking on each other’s territory.

The names do serve a good purpose. Going forward it is going to be interesting to see what unfolds with the two prides and if they interact with each other.

Hi, while with leopards I had to watch repeatedly their family pedigree and at the end I got which lines at least females were from, with lions it is more difficult. Partially it is due to the fact that they live in pride, alone, split and change and so on, also sometimes happen to live less than a leopard, whereas the latter undergo a harder selection and mortality when cubs it seems. Always very interesting and fascinating, I’ll try to keep the trace as with leopards! Thank you

With lions it is a little more challenging to keep track of each individual but easier to know the origin of the pride.

Thanks for clearing that up, Sean – I was a bit puzzled after Kirst’s blog.

You are welcome. It can be rather confusing sometimes.

This is great Sean! I’ve always wondered how various animals received their names, and this rounds out the picture even more. I’ve always assumed that the leopards were named for places, like Plaque Rock, Tortoise Pan, and Xindulu (road), but I don’t know if the same is true of the loins. Any insight into this? Thanks!!

Hi Paul, yes so lions are named in a similar way. This happens less frequently with lions and they are normally given a name that is associated with the area that they are territorial over. Mhangene means aloe in Shangaan and they were seen along the Mhangene Drainage line, which has a number of aloes in it, a lot when they broke away from the Tsalala Pride. Ntsevu is the number 6 in Shangaan and there were 6 females that made up the pride, Kambula Koppies are a series of rocky outcrops on Mala Mala that they spent a lot of time around as they were establishing themselves as a pride. Male Lions are only given a name when they start showing signs of becoming territorial in an area.

Thank you Sean – great info and very cool! I also love how you all are careful not to anthropomorphize the very wild animals by giving them “pet” names!

We have to be careful, at the end of the day they are wild animals and we don’t want to take that away from them.

Thanks Sean for clarifying the dynamics and members of the two prides now. As I recall, SabiSabi also refers to the Ndhzenga led Pride as the Kambulas. My question is what about the the Ntsevu breakaway pride with the 4 brothers and their sister? Will they be given their own name or remain Ntsevu, given they were sired by the Birmingham males, and their mothers were Mhageni offspring who became Ntsevu’s? It will be interesting to see what happens between these prides as time goes on, especially given the Ndhzengas are only two now, and older than some of the other males that continue to “test the waters”. Time will tell us…..

The “Ntsevu Breakaways” or “Kambula Breakaways” will be given a new name when they become territorial so that could be any time in the near to semi-distant future. We will have to see what happens.

Thank you for clearing this up for us, Sean. I had heard both names referenced on social media over the years, and wondered why they were different. I’m glad the naming is, in fact, a collaborative approach between neighboring reserves. It’ll be interesting to watch what happens between them, and ultimately with the breakaway female who’s still hanging around with her brothers/cousins.

I am sure there was a fair amount of confusion and so at least now it is all clear. It really is going to be interesting to see what unfolds going forward with these two prides as well as with where the Breakaway males end up and what happens with their sister.

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It us this affinity and ability to know and explain the history of these prides and individual animals is one of the things that makes Londolozi stand out . In about twenty trips to Africa only Londoozi and a specialist elephant lodge in Samburu in Northern Kenya have this empathy

The history is what makes this place so special and it is something that we are proud of. Keeping close records of all the animals not only for the sake of explaining everything to the guests on a game drive but also for research purposes and having the ability to better understand the animals movements and habits, as well as all the smaller details about how they go about their lives.

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It shows with the quality of the game viewing , the relaxed nature of the leopards in Londolozi and being surrounded by family of elephants as they walk either side of the vehicle . Superb photographs and better memories

Thanks for this blog, Sean, that explains the dynamics of these prides. I hope that both will thrive and enjoy staff and guests alike.

I also hope that both prides of lions thrive.

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