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Cecil The Lion

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awwwww that's cute. :D 

Thanks Nip.

 

This is an excellent site to learn about lion prides. Simply put in lion prides in the search glass and you're off to a wonderful world of the lions. Having said that, let it be said there is a side that is very violent. When the competing male lions fight with one another for dominance and control of a section of land and the females it is usually very violent with no taking of prisoners. It can be grisly and brutal. Many find it disturbing.

 

That's nature's way.

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mapogo-coalition-Hannes-Kruger-leopard-hThe Mapogo coalition drinking at Leopard Hills a3e4accf6bc5047c02e10f3ca1070b76.jpg

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The coalition in their younger days. 

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L-R Kakhulu, Pretty Boy & Dreadlocks

 

All were once of the famous Mapogo lion pride who ruthlessly ruled in their Kingdom. They were cruel and magnificent.

 

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I'm confused, you love lions on this thread but don't give an owl's hoot if Trump son's hunts them on the Trump threads. :unsure:

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Tell us, Jake.  How does it sit with you that Trump's kids like to slaughter beautiful wild animals in Africa for yuks?  Or is that just another thing that you are willing to give the Emperor (and no one else) a pass on?

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I notice that Jake holds some wildlife in great esteem , as long as its in some far off place and doesn't impact him personally. He doesn't picture wildlife in America; wolves and bears in Yellowstone, Alaska, etc. They of course get in the way of the economics of the oil, coal, timber industries.  Off shore drilling threatens all of the sea creatures, but that doesn't count either. Climate chance and pollution of the air, land and water threatens all life. If the oil industry moves in on the habitats of the beautiful lions, tigers, elephants, etc  they will all be history in quick order.  Ah, just a small price to pay for the big bucks.

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185107094_d838929c3a_z.jpg?zz=1Her name was Lusaka and she lived at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo to the age of 18. She was the senior female. She died of a cancerous tumor. She was well taken care of and, contrary to what many think, life in a proper zoo is not all bad for lions.

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Having just returned from a two week break, I have spent the last week catching up with the lion dynamics at Londolozi and there certainly have been a few movements whilst I was away.

The Mhangeni breakaways have been spending a lot more time on our property over the past few weeks, slightly further south and east of their four mothers who are still frequenting their “normal” territory. This movement east has meant that they have been encountering the Matimba males much more frequently. With these more frequent encounters, it has meant that the three young males from the Mhangeni breakaway pride have been under pressure to leave the young females, as their presence is a direct threat to the Matimba’s reign. The young females seem to be getting used to the idea of the older dominant males, even having shared a few meals. There has even been mating between one or two of the females with the Matimba males — could there potentially be cubs on the horizon for this new breakaway pride, sired by the Matimbas? Only time will tell.

Another very interesting change is the presence of a young male on his own. We aren’t too sure as to who he is but it may be the Ximungwe young male from the Ximungwe pride or potentially an outsider who’s found himself in unchartered territory. He has also been spending time with the break way pride and the Matimba males, but not really being fully accepted anywhere and having to keep a bit of a berth on the group.
 
Londolozi > http://blog.londolozi.com/2016/08/lion-update-matimbas-mhangheni-breakaways-the-matshipiris/
 
Lions have an intricate and hierarchal society.

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Mhangeni Pride: More Cubs Than Last Time

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In September three years ago we were enjoying some of the most spectacular lion viewing in recent memory, as the newly-named Mhangeni pride with their nine cubs were spending much of their time in the north western section of Londolozi. Zebras were forming the largest part of their diet, and scarcely a week went by without them being found on a new carcass of one of the striped equines.

 

Being realistic about the survival chances of lion cubs in an area like the Sabi Sands, our hopes were not particularly high that all of the nine would survive (there was also a tenth that disappeared early on), but three years later and all of them are in great health.

 

Read & view Londolozi > http://blog.londolozi.com/2016/09/mhangeni-pride-more-cubs-than-last-time/

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Mhangeni-Sub-1024x682.jpgMhangeni-Breakaway-Hippo-1024x682.jpgTsalala-Breakaway-Ximpalapala-1024x525.jTsalala-Breakaway-Giraffe-1024x682.jpgMatimba-Desert-Feel-1024x682.jpgRaw, intelligent brute power. The KING.

 

Londolozi Reserve Africa
 

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Lions hate Hyenas.

Tracker Sersant and I were walking in a dry river bed, following tracks of a female leopard that had killed something and dragged it to a tree. We found the hoisted duiker kill but there was no leopard in sight and so we were scouting out the area to attempt to find where she had gone. This was incredibly fortuitous because while we were walking we were not distracted by the sound of the vehicle and as we quietly moved on foot we heard the distant and very distinctive chattering of hyenas. Hyenas make a wide variety of sounds which differ depending on whether they’ve got food, if they’re contacting calling to each other, if they’re in distress or if they’re marking territory. The noise that we heard was the unmistakable, excitable sound of heckling and from what we could hear there were a lot of them!

 

LONDOLOZI GAME RESERVE > http://blog.londolozi.com/2016/10/lioness-survives-attack-from-clan-of-hyenas/

 

WHERE WAS THE BIG MALE OR MALES? THEY KILL HYENAS.

 

 

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hunt30n-8-web.jpgWoo-hoo!  It's time to open up America's National Parks to free-for-all hunting!

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Jericho has Died
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We are very sad to confirm the death of Jericho. We are still waiting for the details, but don’t believe there was any foul play involved. He was a majestic old lion that lived and died in the wild – just as it should be. Adieu old fellow, you will be greatly missed by the many fans and visitors to Hwange that knew you and followed your life. 

 

Friends of Hwange Trust >> http://friendsofhwange.com/jericho-has-died/ 
RIP

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The Beginning of the End for the Majingilane    
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It was always going to be the Hip Scar male.

The outsider. The one with the limp. The one whose calls often went unanswered by the rest of his coalition.

I remember a morning in which we found him roaring not far from our western boundary. He was slowly moving westwards, stopping regularly to listen. We had heard over the radio that the Scar-nosed and Dark-maned males were a couple of kilometres away, further west, marching relentlessly back into what had become their newly established territory after the foursome had vacated Londolozi, but nary a call did we or the Hip-scar male hear from the two of them. They continued on in silence, seemingly intent on ignoring the distant vocalizations of their brother trailing far behind them.

 

LONDOLOZI > http://blog.londolozi.com/2017/02/the-beginning-of-the-end-for-the-majingilane/

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