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Re: Lion Prides and Coalitions
« Reply #15 on: March 18, 2012, 11:33:55 AM »
It is a tough decision BBE, but easier due to the vast audience we have here including children. The basic description and/or headline IMO is enough. We know this occurs, not why it occurs, but that it does.

Just thinking about you BBE and this labor of love you have documented for us.

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Re: Lion Prides and Coalitions
« Reply #16 on: March 18, 2012, 05:40:31 PM »

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Re: Mapogo Lions x 4 on March 13, 2008
« Reply #17 on: March 18, 2012, 06:59:55 PM »
I have been going through several DVDs.  This video of mine is from March 13, 2008. 'Chaga' was another one of them.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bMR0yDeuDRY" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bMR0yDeuDRY</a>
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Re: Lion Prides and Coalitions
« Reply #18 on: March 18, 2012, 07:55:02 PM »
Pics from the walk and elephant encounter would be nice BBE.  :ecsmile

I'm just back from a safari through my DVD's.  

The first ever in the world live, televised walk in the African bush. Sept. 11, 2008 with Pieter Pretorious walking, and Herman Gerber on camera (relatively new this project) and Peter Braat back in Final Contol. First Live 'WE Walk'.  With 5 videos.

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Re: Lion Prides and Coalitions
« Reply #19 on: March 19, 2012, 12:39:41 PM »
I just added a video of the Tsalala-Marthly Pride from June 18, 2011 to the bottom of this post about them, here:
http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=1088.msg100887#msg100887
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Re: Lions Seen at Tembe
« Reply #20 on: March 20, 2012, 10:19:03 AM »
These lions were seen today in Tembe National Park.(via the Africam).  Photo was taken by Christel Bartholme.


Mar. 20 Lions by Christel Bartholme by BBE2009, on Flickr

Tembe National Park is situated in the north-eastern region of KwaZulu Natal, South Africa, adjoining the Mozambique border. It is famous for its elephant population.
http://www.sa-venues.com/game-reserves/kzn_tembe.htm

Lions were seen here on in January 2012. http://wildlifecams2009.blogspot.ca/2012/01/lions-at-tembe.html

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Re: Lion Prides and Coalitions
« Reply #21 on: March 20, 2012, 08:41:16 PM »
A well written blog from Leopard Hills related to the Mapogos encounter with the 4 Selati(Southern) males took place.  There are two videos:
1. At night with the Selati (Southern) males together.

2. The next morning of the four with 'Mr. T'.   Warning: While I think expert editing has removed much of the 'sensitive' action, there remains a few seconds when the four go after 'Mr. T.'

http://www.leopardhills.com/blog/index.php?itemid=591
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Re: Selati Males Coalition
« Reply #22 on: March 23, 2012, 12:25:59 AM »
THE SELATI MALES: are the coalition who were responsible for killing last week of 'Mr. T' of the Mapogos.

This video is at the top of the blog I found about the Selati Males Coalition on the web site for the Idube Game Reserve.  The Idube Game Reserve is located in Sabi Sands in South Africa. On this map it is located about half way across the left side outcropping and above 'Newington' Gate.  Click for larger image


Sabi Sands Map by BBE2009, on Flickr

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The Selati Males are a coalition of four lions born into the Southern Pride in 2007 and 2008 and sired by the Golf Course males. When they first left their maternal pride there were five males but their wanderings brought them into the territory of the Majingalane males where a fight between the two coalitions resulted in one of the younger Selati males being fatally wounded. The four males needed to find a place to grow and avoid contact with the Majingalanes and that saw them pushing towards the western section of the reserve, a place that they had been previously as youngsters when the pride was spending time trailing the buffalo herd. It was a slow approach, the young males were accomplished buffalo hunters and following the big herd and building themselves up was the primary goal at the time. At this time the young Othawa pride had also taken a liking to the buffalo herd and inevitably the two groups met, this time it was the Selati males that emerged as the victors, killing the youngest male of the pride. The victory proved to be short lived as the Mapogo coalition somehow got wind of the new males on the edges of their territory and chased them back south.

It would be a while before we heard of the Selati males in the west again, but eventually they did return, again following the big buffalo herd. At the same tome two of the Mapogo males were in the same general area, also looking for the buffalo, speculation was rife as to what would happen if the four young males bumped into the two big old males - would numbers or experience win the day? In the end there was no confrontation, both sets of males making a kill a few kilometres apart. The two mapogos only took down a calf, whilst the Selati boys had an adult, this meant that the two older males finished first and began patrolling, straight towards the younger males. It seems that upon hearing the roars of the Mapogo getting closer, the Selati males left their buffalo kill and moved briskly in the opposite direction, the older males never even knew they were there and another conflict had been avoided.

For the entire blog about the coalition go to this link Rise of the Selati Males.

Rob the Ranger is the person who usually writes and posts the blogs.  As with other reserves who post blogs; more blogs can be found as of 2010, by scrolling down they are in the right hand side-bar.

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Re: Lion Prides and Coalitions
« Reply #23 on: April 11, 2012, 08:59:50 PM »
emc,  a short time ago you posted Reply # 86 in Djuma Sighting and News. re Adam Bannister's blog I posted in Reply # 85.  You asked who the Southern Coalition were.

I thought they were a.k.a. the Selati Males.  Indeed they are. See my reply# 25 in this topic from Mar. 23: HERE.
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Re: Lion Prides and Coalitions
« Reply #24 on: April 12, 2012, 01:16:19 AM »
Thank you BBE, you have done a great job sorting the lions.  Where do the  Majingilane Males come into the picture in relation to the Selati and Mapogos?  oops! Looks you have that  info two posts before this one. Unless there is something else you can tell us.
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Re: Lion Prides and Coalitions
« Reply #25 on: April 12, 2012, 11:33:01 PM »
emc, I think that is it for the Majingis; unless there is more on their FB page under 'About'  or 'Ning' has more. But I used both to do the write up.
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Re: Transfrontier Conservation Area
« Reply #26 on: April 15, 2012, 12:48:06 AM »
GOOD NEWS -TRANSFRONTIER CONSERVATION AREA   :thumbup:

As of late 2011 the animals now have a much larger conservation area. The reason is that the borders/boundaries have been dropped between the three countries of Botswana, South Africa and Zimbabwe.

A large group of individuals (including Pete Le Roux of Mashatu Game Reserve) all with a major concern for conservation and preservation of African wildlife have spent about 15 years working with the regional and national governments of the countries to bring this about.

Please read the additional information and watch a short video about this event and its benefit for the animals in the added 'NOTE' in the first post in this topic, HERE.

Congratulations to all who have worked for so long to accomplish this feat.  :clap
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Re: Styx Pride
« Reply #27 on: April 15, 2012, 12:51:02 AM »
Styx Pride of Lions
 
A post with identical information was posted simultaneously on:
WildEarth's Social Network 'Ning', WildEarth's blog, and on Facebook, HERE.

"Information/background has been gathered from various sites (Mala Mala, Londolozi, Djuma, Savanna, Nkorho, Elephant Plains, Singita, Exeter, Arathusa, Ulusaba, Inyati, Wildwatch, Idube, Leopard Hills, Simbambili) and their sightings databases along with helpful Rangers and staff at the various lodges and reserves answering questions sent their way.

Styx Pride is occasionally referred to as the Mlowati Pride possibly referencing their past association with the Mlowathi/Mlowati males that use to dominate them.

Home Territory is mostly in Mala Mala.

This story starts in early 2000. The Styx pride consisted of a total of eight. One adult lioness of approximately 10 Ĺ years in age, four sub adult males two of which were a little over 4 yrs of age and two approximately 3 ĺ yrs of age who reached independence around November 2000, and three sub adult females. 4 ľ yr of age Though this pride has been in existence for at least two and a half decades, these 4 lionesses (1 adult, 3 sub adults) were the beginning of the pride we know today. The pride, as it existed then, were one of few that managed to stay out from under the dominance of the forceful West Street Males. The West Street Males were a coalition of five males that sired many of the lions we still see today in the area including the six Mapogo Males/Eyrefield Males.

An interesting note about this pride, back around 2000 two lionesses reportedly broke off or were separated from the Styx pride and became known as the Sandy Patch aka Safari pride.

Today the pride consists of seven lionesses, only 2 Styx lionesses from the original 4 are still alive. They are 2 sisters that are now 13 yrs of age. The other 5 are surviving cubs from the original 2000 core of 1 adult and 3 sub-adult females.

Approximate age of the 7 Styx lionesses in May 2009:
  • 2 Adult lionesses appx 13 yrs and 8 mos.
  • 1 Adult lioness 8 yrs and 1 mo - Sired by one of the Mlowathi Males.
  • 1 Adult lioness 7 yrs and 3 mos- Sired by one of the Mlowathi Males.
  • 2 Adult Lionesses 5 yrs and 9 months - Sired by one of the Split Rock Males.
  • 1 Adult Lioness 5 yrs and 7 mos - Sired by one of the Split Rock Males.
  • As of late July 2008 they had 11 to 12 surviving cubs including two just recently being born. As of Mar 2009, the exact count of cubs is uncertain but there are at least 9 and possibly more with speculation of recent births by at least one lioness.

The Styx pride are known to be hard Mothers. They havenít had much success in raising cubs for a number of years now. Maybe this is the year that reputation changes.

In 2006 they had cubs by the Split Rock males. One of the males died in 2006 and the other old male maintained control of the Styx pride until mid 2007 when he was pushed out by the Roller Coaster males. Prior to the Styx pride being taken over by the Roller Coaster males, they lost all their cubs by the end of 2006 probably from infanticide by the Roller Coaster males.

Mid 2007, one of the Roller Coaster males was killed by a Crocodile. Since then, his brother has maintained dominance over the Styx pride and is believed to be the Sire of their current cubs. There have been a number of reports of the Styx lionesses seen mating with males from the Mapogo Coalition but the old Roller Coaster male is usually in attendance with the Styx pride and accepts the cubs as his. So donít tell him they might not all be his.

The latest reports indicate the two oldest cubs were sired by the Roller Coaster male, the other seven it is unsure whether (changed from 'rather' to 'whether' by BBE) it was the Roller Coaster or the Mapogos or a combination of both that sired them. March reports indicate another lioness has very young cubs that were sired by the Mapogo/Eyrefield males.

There have also been several reports of the Styx pride fighting off Mapogo Males when they came near their cubs. Below are a couple of the recent fights between the Styx Pride and the Mapogo/Eyrefield Males as reported by Mala Mala."

Note: The story is very long, so for the rest of the story and photos up to 2010 please go to the 'Ning' or 'Wildearth' link at the top of this post.

On Dec. 19 and 20, 2009, those of us lucky enough to be awake saw some great views of the Styx on two drives. Check out these three posts from the topic 'Wild Earth's Safari Drives' with photos from a night drive on Sat. Dec. 19, and the morning drive on Sun. Dec. 20, 2009:
1. Night drive.
2. Morning drive - Pt. 1.
3. Morning drive - Pt. 2.

The following photos were taken by me:

Aug.20, 2010 

Note: Sept. 5, 2013 This might have been the 'grandmother' of the Styx known as 'Gogi'. See my comment at bottom of this post.

Oct. 19, 2010

Oct. 19, 2010 Styx Pride by BBE2009, on Flickr


Styx Oct. 19, 2010 by BBE2009, on Flickr

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Sept. 4, 2013 Cheetah Plains team reported that 'Gogi' the old styx lionness died of old age near the Gowrie Dam wall.
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Re: Styx Male Lion
« Reply #28 on: April 15, 2012, 01:31:02 AM »
Styx Male

All I know is what I found on the internet by checking Ning, and Hacebook.  This is from the Facebook Timeline for Styx Male Lion.
 

Styx Male - by Karin van der Merwe of Nkorho Bush Lodge.

"Profile photo taken by Karin van der Merwe of Nkorho Bush Lodge. I am known as the young Styx male. I haven't been given a name yet. I was born towards the end of March 2008. (Photo was taken Feb. 18, 2012)

Biography Young Styx male by Peter Rettig
 
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He was born towards the end of March 2008, together with 8 other cubs. Their mothers were 5 out of the 7 adult females in this pride. This 9 cubs have been sired by the Rollercoaster Male or the Nkuhuma Males (or both). The other 2 females gave birth to 3 cubs sired by the Mapogos (Mr.T and Kinky Tail). So not too long ago there were18 members to the Styx Pride.
 
The 2 Mapogos tried to kill the 9 cubs for almost 2 years, so the young Styx is running for his life since he was born. He saw his brothers and sisters vanishing one after the other. The 5 females often left him and his litter mates alone for sometimes 3-4 days. When he was 2 years old it was only him and 3 sisters left out of the 9, mostly on their own with Grandma Styx taking care of them every now and then. The other 4 females have started mating with the 2 Mapogos. So the young Styx Male started early on to hunt and fend for himself and his sisters.
 In the meantime the other 2 females and the 3 cubs were gone! The Mapogos killed one of the females for no good reason, the lone female was not able to defend the 3 cubs, they were killed by the Tsalala lionesses. While the lone female rejoined the others one of the 5 females vanished ... so the Styx Pride was down to 5 adult females as of spring 2010.
 
The young Styx Male had several encounters with the 2 Mapogos, but he always escaped while he sustained many injuries and was sometimes looking in very bad condition. One of his 3 remaing sisters was so badly injured that she never recovered and vanished at some point. Down to 3 young lions.
 
On a buffalo hunt he was badly injured again and could hardly walk. In one night a group of hyenas tried to get hold of him, while a group of 5 male lions (the Majingilanes) chased off the hyenas the young Styx Male miraculously escaped climbing on a tree.
 
While his old nemesis, the 2 Mapogos, were beaten up by the Majingilanes, these new male coalition became a new threat for the young Styx Male and his 2 sisters. One of the young females was caught, killed and eaten by the new rulers. Down to 2 young lions.
 
In the meantime at least 2 of the adult Styx females gave birth to new cubs sired by the Mapogos. Both never returned and it is believed that they have been killed by the Tsalala lionesses while denning away from the pride. Only one carcass was found. Down to 3 adult females from 7 only a year ago.
 
The young Styx Male and his remaining sister then fended for themselves entirely. Often Grandma joined them on kills the young male provided. On many occasions he stood his ground against the Majingilanes Males, he did not just run but fought back and sometimes was found feeding on kills along with one or two of the Majingilanes. The many scars on his body are telling the story. His sister always enjoyed his company finding comfort and ease as long as the young male was around. And still Grandma joined him every now and then, I believe that Grandma Styx is the mother of the young Styx Male.
 
He has become an expert in killing buffalo all by himself at the age of 3 years, nothing I have ever seen or heard about before. He is finally on his now that his sister has been accepted by the 4 males and even Grandma has given birth to another litter of cubs.
 
He is extremely clever, experienced and doesn't fear anything. The most amazing male in the Sabi Sands! Let's hope he can find some coalition partners. And may the force be with him!"

He was subsequently seen (infrequently) in various areas.

Sadly in late July 2012 he was seen at Chitwa Chitwa Private Game Lodge and was limping, scrawny, and his left eye was severly damaged. He may have been injured will helping with a buffalo kill?

He was then seen mostly near Chitwa Chitwa PGL and Nkorho. He is eye seemed improved. People were asking for assistance for him; but basically as we have learned medical assistance is only given if an injury is human induced and this wasn't.

On August 7th, 2012 Chitwa Chitwa PGL reported they hadn't seen him since the 4th. Adam Bannisterd posted on the 11th that he still hadn't been seen.

On the August 13th, 2012 it was reported that his body had been found and that he likely died on August 11th, 2012.  :ecsad

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'You lived and fought like a wild lion and you died a wild lion.  R.I.P. finally your suffering is over'

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Re: Nkuhuma Pride
« Reply #29 on: April 15, 2012, 02:00:47 AM »
Nkuhuma Pride

We have seen this pride around Djuma on several occasions. The information I have was published as follows:

You may recall one of them was called 'Snaggletooth', as she had large crooked tooth. Rexon used to call her 'Smiles'.

The Nkuhumas have not led a peaceful life. If you were here in January 2008, there was a nasty event on Jan. 12th when five of the Mapogos came across the Nkuhuma pride on a giraffe kill at Buffleshoek Dam.  The Nkuhumas scattered in all directions. WE did determine that one male cub was killed.  Dozie the dominant male was not with them.

In March, 2008 guests ot Vuyatela reported two great days seeing Dozie (dominant male) and 9 possibly 10 lionesses with 13 - 14 cubs in attendance (plus there were reports of another two small cubs still at a den site).  Again the Mapogos descended on them. One beautiful female was killed and two, likely 4 cubs were all killed by the Mapogos.

Their story on the Ning and Facebook links is very long, extremely complete and has photos and videos.
Warning - The video links on the 'Ning' page still work. There are some images from the attacks that you may choose not to see. The same video links on the Facebook page did not work for me.

I've not heard anything about the Nkuhumas for some time now.

This is their story from WildEarth.TV's Cast and Crew link:
"The Nkuhuma pride of lions have earned a reputation as being survivors. There are a number of variations for the pride's name, including Nukuhuma, Kahuma, Humas, Khumas."

History
The Djuma rangers and trackers named Nkuhuma, which means Brown Ivory in Shangaa, as the first sightings of them were in the vicinity of the Brown Ivory tree near Jordaan's Dam. In late 2006, the pride consisted of nine to 10 adult females, one sub adult male, and two dominant males. It is believed the two dominant males (later known as Blondie and Dozie) had just taken over the pride as there were no cubs. The sub adult male (seen only once) and possibly one of the lionesses disappeared. Cubs were not born until 2007 and there seemed to be an explosion of cubs being born in a short time span thus adding credence to the theory that the pride had recently been taken over by the two dominant males.
 
Some of the stories that have truly made them legends include:

In 2007 the dominant male in this pride, Blondie was killed, after a fierce fight, by the Mapogo male coalition while mating with a lioness (from the Styx pride) in Chitwa Chitwa. Dozi, the surviving male managed to escape from this attack and moved to the north. The females scattered north also and took along many of the young cubs, relocating them away from the Mapogos in fear of further attacks.
 
Early in 2008 there was another encounter with the "warrior like" Mapogo Coalition, when two of the cubs were killed near Buffelshoek Dam and another, where an adult lioness was killed with reports of more cub deaths as well.
 
Subsequently the surviving Nkuhuma pride were predominantly based in the north-eastern parts of the Djuma Reserve property, roaming intermittently into Arathusa, Buffelshoek, Manyaleti and Kruger National Park.
 
They are still seen every so often with sightings during 2009 consisting mostly of four to five adult lionesses with six sub adults (three males, three females) and later only five sub adults (three males, two females).
 
Other sightings were of one or two lionesses separated from the core pride and on occasions, reported to be mating with various males in the region. "

These photos were taken and posted by me from the afternoon drive on Sept. 5, 2010. (In the morning four of the Nkuhumas had been at a buffalo kill with 2 or 3 of the Styx pride.)





August 24, 2013 Of late I have seen very little written about this pride. But in the past day there was a post in 'Lions of Sabi Sands' Group on FB. Another pride splitting off into two.



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