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Othawa Pride

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This thread is for posting Othawa Pride specific posts. This will include breakaway prides (until they've re-established themselves and received a name of their own, as well as nomadic males who have left the pride until they have met the same criteria.

Our hope is for these pride specific threads to become a central repository for information pertaining to specific prides, both historical and current, in the same vane as the coalition specific threads.
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( This post was last modified: 05-26-2022, 08:06 PM by Tr1x24 )

"Short" recap of recent Othawa pride history:

3 sisters where born in Othawa pride, which residents in western sector of Sabi Sands, around 2007/8, alongside 2 brothers. They where sired by famous Mapogo lions, who overtook Othawa pride from lone Nhlanguleni male in 2006. 

Not sure how many adult females where in Othawa pride at that time, but there where atleast 2 for sure, 1 was called Half Ear, she was older female and prob mother of those females. 

2nd female took care of raising 6 lions when they reach subadult age, as Half Eared female had new offspring, here is their photo from May 2010:

Photo credits : Tristan Dicks 
(we can see 1 adult female, 3 sub females and 3 sub males, not sure who is that older male with them) 

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Older Half Eared female died in buffalo hunt accident later in 2010, as for that female who raised them, im not sure, but she was no longer with them by 2012.

2 young males reached maturity, they where forced out of the pride by their fathers later in 2011, they where known as Othawa M and T. 

Photo credits : Dave Pusey

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They become nomads and eventually disappeared into Kruger, we dont know their fate.

In late 2011, 3 young females started to come into estrus, they where seen in company with nomadic Nkuhuma male (Sizanani).


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Photo credits : Adam Bannister

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But their first pride males become 4 Selati males, who ousted their fathers in mid 2012. 

Photo credits : Marlon du Toit

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3 females started mating with them, eventually 2 females give birth to their offspring in 2013, 1 female couldnt give birth, she was infertile. There was 8 cubs, July 2013:

Photo credits : Juan Jose Rubio Coque

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All was great until 2014, when notorius coalition of 4 males from the east, known as Majingilanes, where starting to challenge Selati males, who lost 1 member in 2013 and where outnumbered, after few months of clashes, Majingilanes tookover Selatis territory and Othawa pride around mid 2014. 


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All Selati offspring was either killed or went missing by April 2015, when last subadult male was killed. 

In January 2015, first Majingilane offspring was born to 1 female, 2 male and 1 female cubs:

Photo credits : Leopard Hills reserve

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In January 2016, tragedy struck the pride, mother of those 3 cubs was killed by hyenas. 

Photo credits : Dulini reserve 

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Her 2 sisters took the duty of raising her cubs, becoming known as  "Aunties". 

Despite that, cubs where thriving, but in September 2016, 1 subadult male disappeared, leaving only 1 subadult male and female, those 2 will reach adulthood and become famous Othawa Male and his sister Sassy. 

Around mid 2016, fertile Aunty female give birth to new cubs, unfortunately these cubs all didnt make it, disappeared around mid 2017.

Photo credits : Savanna game reserve

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In March 2018 she gives birth to another 3 cubs, all 3 males.

Photo credits : Dulini reserve 

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At that time, their dominant coalition, Majingilanes, died off from old age, leaving these cubs without protection. Young, 3 year old Othawa Male filled that shoes as their big brother:

Photo credits : Roger Hlongwane

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But not for long, around mid 2018, 2 old S. Matimbas moved into empty area left by demise of Majingilanes, they where starting to follow Othawas and mate with infertile Aunty and young Sassy. This meant that young Othawa Male's days with his natal pride where over, he went on his life journey shortly after. 

Photo credits : Johan de la Ray

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Photo credits : Roger Hlongwane

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Altrough not their offspring, old S. Matimbas didnt kill 3 young cubs, but 2 out of 3 cubs disappeared at the end of 2018, remaining cub will be known as Junior Othawa, he was fully accepted by Matimbas, altrough he was offspring of their former rivals. 

Photo credits : Roger Hlongwane

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Sassy gave birth to her first litter sired by S. Matimbas in September 2018, it was 2 males and 1 female. 

Photo credits : Ranger Stu

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In August 2019, Ginger Matimba passed away, leaving 1 old Hairy Belly to raise 4 subs to adulthood, and against all odds he succeded. 

Photo credits: Omegagodi

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Photo credits : lorettandtim

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Around mid 2020, 3 new males arrived in western sector, from Nharu pride, named Tumbela males, they where not particulary confident young males at first, so old HB kept buying time for the youngsters, eventually he lost territory to them and become nomad towards late 2020. 

Photo credits : Dulini reserve 

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Sassy took Junior and her 3 subadults, now known as 2 Mini Matimbas and Gingerella, and avoided Tumbelas at first for few months with them around late 2020, but eventually left them and returned to her 2 Auntie's and new Tumbela males in 2021.

Photo credits : diffmarimane 

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Junior and subadults formed an Othawa breakaway and where hanging around western sector, later on towards mid 2021, they moved of this area and went south into Kruger.

Photo credits : Dulini reserve 

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Sassy and Junior's mom gave birth to 6 Tumbela cubs (5 females, 1 male) around April 2021. 

Photo credits : Dulini reserve 

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Gingerella and 1 of mini Matimbas returned to natal area after they went in Kruger, but they where rejected by Othawas who have new cubs now, young male disappeared shortly after, while Gingerella hangs alone in western sector, recently in 2022 linking with lone Ximhungwe female.

Photo credits : Neil Jennings 

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Junior and 2nd mini Matimba stayed in Kruger but no news on them. 

Photo credits : diffmarimane 

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Photo credits : Sabi Sabi 

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Tumbela Scar died towards late 2021. Currently Tumbelas are down to 2, with Limper not being in best condition, they are getting heavly pressured by neigboring coalitions atm, they even lost 1 cub after encounter with Plains Camp males, and had confortation with Birmingham/NK males, so future of these cubs and Othawas in general is at risk, as 2 out od 3 females are 14-15 yrs old. 

Photo credits : Savanna Reserve 

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(05-26-2022, 03:00 AM)Tr1x24 Wrote: around 2007/8
Late 2007 to early 2008 indeed depending from the litter.

(05-26-2022, 03:00 AM)Tr1x24 Wrote: alongside 3 brothers
2 males were in that generation. Third male you mentioned was way younger. I believe it was the cub fetured in that video of the pride from 2010:





(05-26-2022, 03:00 AM)Tr1x24 Wrote: im not sure, but she was no longer with them by 2012
I am not 100% sure as I am talking from my memory, but I think it was July 2011.
(05-26-2022, 03:00 AM)Tr1x24 Wrote: (we can see 1 adult female, 3 sub females and 3 sub males, not sure who is that older male with them) 

Definitelly one of the two Othawa males.
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(05-26-2022, 04:01 AM)Potato Wrote: Definitelly one of the two Othawa males.

But he looks way older on that picture compared to others, are others from younger generation?
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( This post was last modified: 05-27-2022, 01:47 AM by Tonpa )

Othawa Pride found the young Othawa lioness on a kill and chased her off, then the dominant Tumbela claimed it for himself
Video by Dulini Lodge

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( This post was last modified: 05-27-2022, 02:02 AM by Tr1x24 )

(05-27-2022, 01:44 AM)Tonpa Wrote: Othawa Pride found the young Othawa lioness on a kill and chased her off, then the dominant Tumbela claimed it for himself

I know theres little to no chance, but if they keep bumping into each others, maybe, just maybe, they accept her back somehow. 

But yea, highly unlikely, they dont see her as theirs anymore (altrough they prob know thats her, but group > family in lions world).
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Gingerella on that kill before she lost it :

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Othawas by Diff Marimane


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" A young lion resting up on a branch from a fallen Marula tree out in an open area on an afternoon safari"


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Another clip from that young Othawa lioness sighting
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Othawa Pride full of beans

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Young Othawa lioness


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Sassy:

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Othowas having a blast


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(06-04-2022, 07:45 PM)criollo2mil Wrote: Othowas having a blast



The young male is growing a nice mane, he should be only 1 year and 4 months old
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