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Lions of Timbavati

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One of the Ross males
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Hercules in all his glory
A Trilogy son!
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(09-07-2020, 07:51 PM)TinoArmando Wrote: Hercules in all his glory
A Trilogy son!
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I would say it is the best looking male lion in Kruger at the moment!
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(09-07-2020, 09:07 PM)Potato Wrote:
(09-07-2020, 07:51 PM)TinoArmando Wrote: Hercules in all his glory
A Trilogy son!
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I would say it is the best looking male lion in Kruger at the moment!

Hercules and Skorokoro are by far the most handsome lions that I've see since the death of the sohobele male, which also was a beautiful male lion
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(09-08-2020, 03:08 AM)Herekitty Wrote: The other three Jacaranda males. The first guy is the large blonde maned male who often partnered Skye, he was the tallest of the Jacarandas and chracterised by a nick in his left ear. He died after taking injuries in a fight in in Nov. 2017, the Motswari rangers suspected that the three subadult Western pride males had ganged up on him. Image by Chad Cocking, March, 2015.

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Image by Esmareth Knight at Ingwelala, 2016.
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The next was the smallest and most scarred of the brothers. He disappeared late 2016. Image by Chad Cocking, Motswari March 2015.

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Image by Buddy Eleazer, Motswari, 2014.

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Image by Esmareth Knight at Ingwelala, 2016.

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The last boy was easily identified by his distinctive amber eyes and darker mane. Image by Kayla Stevenson, March, 2014.

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Image by Esmareth Knight at Ingwelala, 2016.

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He He was often seen with the smaller, scarred male. Images by Esmareth Knight at Ingwelala, 2016.

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Great stuff.
Just a correction on the post that you have posted the other day.
Skye not is related with the Jacaranda males.
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Somewhat related to the whole "old animals are ok to kill" narrative, ran into this article that talks about older elephant males and the social role they play:

Quote:Their analysis revealed that adolescent males almost always traveled with other males, and that older bulls were most likely to be found at the head of the line. The elephants otherwise did not follow a strict age-related pecking order, suggesting that older males are acting as leaders.

Because of their larger tusks, older bulls tend to be targeted by both poachers and trophy hunters. Trophy hunters have justified this by pointing to the assumption that male elephants are redundant for a population. The new findings, however, “underline the dire consequences of removing the oldest, largest males from elephant populations,” said Karen McComb, an animal behavior scientist at the University of Sussex in England, who was not involved in the study.

Old male lions may have their uses too. They often end up pairing with inexperienced young lions (specially solo ones) and guide them through critical stage in their development. We should resist the assumption that eliminating them does not have consequences.
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Junior Nkuhuma at Manyeleti. Image by Africa Vacations, posted September 8, 2020.

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(09-08-2020, 03:31 AM)Herekitty Wrote:
(09-08-2020, 03:12 AM)TinoArmando Wrote:
(09-08-2020, 03:08 AM)Herekitty Wrote: The other three Jacaranda males. The first guy is the large blonde maned male who often partnered Skye, he was the tallest of the Jacarandas and chracterised by a nick in his left ear. He died after taking injuries in a fight in in Nov. 2017, the Motswari rangers suspected that the three subadult Western pride males had ganged up on him. Image by Chad Cocking, March, 2015.

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Image by Christof Schoeman at Simbavati

Are you sure? He was seen many times with the Western pride with the large blonde male and both were referred to as a Jacaranda males, and according to Charlie Lynam from the Ingwelala Trust he was one of the four brothers, and there are many photos of him with the other three boys as subadults in Motswari. It is difficult to make allthese connections, but I'd like to see your research before I accept it.

101% sure

Here are a few pics of three Jacaranda males, the fourth is the biggest, which was present with a lioness a few meters away of them
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Three Jacaranda Males-Upcoming Legends of the Timbavati !
The fourth Male was present a couple of meters away close to the female..
At the moment the Jacaranda Pride is 4 Males and one Lioness.
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The four Jacaranda males
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The older Mapoza male with prob one of the Giraffe lionesses.

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A legend who gone very soon!
The Huge Black Dam Male glancing back to see if the Giraffe pride is following him
Image credits: Dave Maddison
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The legend called Ring!
Ring born into the Black Dam Pride in the year 1996 what a legend!
photo credits: Willem Bosch

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The last roar of Black Dam Male.
I write this post with a very heavy heart...Many of you might know that I spoke of this lion as my favorite lion for many years. I saw him evolve from a young unsure animal, to the undisputed King of massive stretches of the greater Kruger national park... I have had hundreds of hours in his magnificent presence where he never failed to make me gasp, exclaim in excitement, become teary eyed and be completely covered in goosebumps as I marveled at his magnificence! I will miss you my friend. You were a true legend. Rest in peace.

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A very great old photos of the old Birmingham male "Smudge nose" and prob one of the Machaton lionesses at Umlani Bushcamp
photo credits: Steve Offner

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