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Coalitions of Kruger National Park

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( This post was last modified: 01-29-2016, 08:53 PM by Tshokwane )

Taking advantage of updates through facebook(that for all its faults it's rather useful in this case), I want to use this thread to talk and learn about coalitions and individual males seen in the Kruger Park, and also in the Timbavati and Manyeleti(to the north of Sabi Sands).

Since we do this a lot with the lions of Sabi Sands, it will be good to know and learn more about their neighbours.
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First stop, the Skybed Males.

The Skybed Males are a coalition of 9 males. 


This is a pic taken by Fin Lawlor, featuring eight of the nine males together

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Elmarie Malan:
Skybed males in June 2012 on the H7! We saw all 9 together but I just could not get a picture of them together. They were moving all the time. I almost had a heart attack when we saw them!

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How old are the boys in these images?
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4-5 years old, probably a little more
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Thanks, not much of a mane on them for that age, but kruger males seem to have a less prominent mane. Its nice to see some lions time to time without as much of a mane to give you an idea of their fore quarters.
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Quote:not much of a mane on them for that age, but kruger males seem to have a less prominent mane.
This is how they look now.
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2 of the Skybed Males we saw in December-January

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Beautiful and there is that mane...
Thick in front but doesn't cover the shoulders or upper arms as much.
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I'm not sure if its the same males or not but here are a few more....

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are those Skybed coalition still together, all 9 of them?
what prides do they control?
very little documented coalition.
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kruger males can enter sabi sand if I'm correct the magingalines did too
It would be great to see them shake things up in sabi
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this 9 male coalition enters SS and starts claiming territory and females there will be many cubs killed,
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Quote:this 9 male coalition enters SS and starts claiming territory and females there will be many cubs killed
No, they already have a territory, separated in two parts. 6 males in one and 3 males in other.

Dave's African Adventures:
Skybed males.

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Brass Brassett:
Three males in Phelwana river bed on 11 February 2016, H7, resting in shade after feasting on kill. Third male visible in afternoon. (sorry for poor quality, they were quite far away).
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Johan Adolf Smalman Thin but healthy. Normal for a lion in the wild to look like this Gemma Sugarman. Makes them more eager to hunt.

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William Elsworth:
Here's a nice photo of the Hippo Pools Male lions. These two males dominate the Hippo Pools pride in the Crocodile Bridge area. Most people confuse the Hippo Pools pride with the Vurhami pride because they are so close together. The Hippo Pools pride is a breakaway pride from the Vurhami pride. One of the Hippo Pools lionesses has half a tail and one of the two pride males is easily identifiable by the big lump on his elbow. Keep an eye out for them. Photo taken by Jean Graham.

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