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Lions of Timbavati

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Fabio 1/2 old Ross males in all his glory, unfortunately, him and his brother were killed on a poaching incident around mid to late 2010.
Photo credits goes to: Eirik Iversen
May 2010

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Tanda tula update - Lions of Timbavati
The lions were also successful in their hunting this week, and Dale was lucky enough to be following the Sark breakaway Pride one morning when they caught an adult zebra and gave us two days of great lion and hyena interaction! Eventually, with more than a dozen hyenas harassing them, and not much meat left to fight over, the lions moved off to let the hyena enjoy their spoils. The River Pride seemed as though they could do with a meal, but based on belly size, it was the two Nharhu males that had stolen their kill as opposed to the hyenas. The cubs are growing bigger, but still oh-so-cute. We watched the oldest youngster (the 16-month-old female) with baited breath one evening as she ran off after a rhino and her tiny baby calf, but fortunately it was never really in trouble and the rhino family dashed off to safety. The Giraffe Pride were seen in the west mating with an unidentified male lion. There have been reports that the Balule lionesses have given birth in the far north of the Timbavati, which would account for the lack of their presence of late; we do however still await confirmation that it is indeed these lionesses that have a den site there.
Photo credits goes to: Chad Cocking
first two Images: the youngest River pride lioness
third and fourth images: Zark breakaway pride members
fifth image: The two remaining Nharhu males, Skorokoro walking towards his brother Xitaya lying down

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(05-14-2021, 05:53 PM)Timbavati Wrote: An old sighting of one of the two old Ross males known as Fabio in all his glory at Klaserie Private Game Reserve, unfortunately, him and his brother were killed on a poaching incident around mid to late 2010.
Photo credits goes to: Eirik Iversen
May 2010

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Dunno why, but the picture is not loading up for me :/
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(05-14-2021, 09:49 PM)Potato Wrote:
(05-14-2021, 05:53 PM)Timbavati Wrote: An old sighting of one of the two old Ross males known as Fabio in all his glory at Klaserie Private Game Reserve, unfortunately, him and his brother were killed on a poaching incident around mid to late 2010.
Photo credits goes to: Eirik Iversen
May 2010

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Dunno why, but the picture is not loading up for me :/

Now you should see it, i guess
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"Skukutsu male lion and Blackdam female ,looks like are settling in successfully but a only time will tell, yesterday was the first time the 6 young Blackdampride males answered their calls...interesting times ahead ." - Writing and photo credits to: Hannes Zowitsky 

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The calm after the storm...the remnants of a moody battle scene at dusk.

A somewhat sombre tone with dozens upon dozens of vultures filling the trees around the great Socha and Hosi, and a mighty fallen giraffe as the circle of life continues. These impressive male lions of the central Klaserie filled their bellies until a much needed slumber...after using their power and experience to take down one of Africa's largest herbivores. Having spent days with this giraffe, these dominant males are also indirectly giving essential time to the River Pride mothers to provide for their many young mouths to feed, without the largest appetites to contend with.


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The Birmingham bloodline has always been a healthy and strong one - Times and names have changed over time. There was a pride of 41 lions at Orpen before the Manyelati fence dropped in the 90's with 2 dominant males and 16 young males. A lot of them had similar manes as the male lion in Image below. Over time the pride structures have changed a lot. But surely the bloodline remain and the Birmingham bloodline would have been no exception. The three old Birmingham males ruled Ngala for many years and contributed greatly to it. With the five famous Birmingham males that conquered in Sabi Sands, the old Birmimgham males also sired a lot of lionesses that at this stage are thriving and expanding the Birmimgham bloodline throughout the Timbavati, Manyeleti and Sabi Sands, the Nharu pride in Manyeleti, the Birmingham breakaway pride in Timbavati and perhaps some more, which unfortunately none knows about. Without a doubt, the old Birmingham coalition has been a very successful and healthy coalition of lions, And their offspring are expading the bloodline in different parts of the Greater Kruger National Park...

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Is it known who sired the old birmingham and old skybed males?
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(05-17-2021, 02:08 AM)Tonpa Wrote: Is it known who sired the old birmingham and old skybed males?

No.
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Regarding the white lionesses seen at Sandringham Private Game Reserve a couple of years ago, after a long and tired research, I've found information, Those lionesses are known as the Sandringham sisters, two of those lionesses were seen at Royal Malewane pan in mid 2018, and one of she's was an white adult-lioness.
@Tonpa  Our member Tonpa, posted about these lionesses a few weeks ago, Since then, I decided to research for further information, and fortunately, I was able to found it
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Awesome thank you, managed to find the picture of that sighting 

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Guessing she's no longer alive
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(05-17-2021, 08:48 AM)Tonpa Wrote: Awesome thank you, managed to find the picture of that sighting 

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Guessing she's no longer alive

Anytime, as per my research, Sandringham has a resident pride of lions since a few years ago
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The Timbavati male, a very photogenic male lion that once roamed through the Thornybush Game Reserve and Timbavati, He was seen a few times at Shindzela Tented Camp in mid 2012. He was seen by first time (as per my research) in Thornybush in early-mid 2013, He partnered up with the Black dam male during that period, both males take-over of the Southern and Northern prides, also known as the Black dam pride and Monwana pride
Photo below context: An stunning capture of the Timbavati male back in September 2013 in all his glory, Thornybush, photo by: Balule River Lodge

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Some fabulous early morning #goldenhour light helped illuminate the regal male #lion we know as the larger of the 2 Xikukutsu Male #lions here at @royalmalewane in South Africa.

A few mornings ago we were on a #wildlife photographic #safari with @laurandnicolas and were treated to a sighting of this beast mating with one of the females from the Monwana Pride.


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Three of the six Black dam young males on a morning strol at Thornybush Game Reserve.
All six males were seen last month between Sandringham and Thornybush,photo by: Darrel Camden-Smith 
Image date back: November 2019

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