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The Charleston Males

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Charleston male!!


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All I see in my backyard are stray cats and crows.... Haha
Great image, tfs
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Yes, that was one of the Charleston males. He's a thing of beauty.

This is from this week:

The Charleston males and one Southern Pride female gorged themselves on their kudu kill before pausing for a quick drink.

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From the Sabi Sabi blog, MONOCHROME MONDAY #63:
BY MIKE PALMER (BUSH LODGE RANGER)

This week I have chosen to focus on the Charleston male lions and their position with the Southern Pride.  Not long ago it was the Fourways male coalition that we all had high hopes for in taking over the area, with the Charlestons seeming as though they weren’t interested at all and then all of a sudden it was like a switch had flipped with them and they started to push hard for the territory.  I’m quite glad they did though and I feel they would probably be the better coalition to take control due to their strength and tenacity.  I hope you enjoy this week’s selection of wildlife in monochrome…

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The larger of the Charleston boys, aka Big Boy to some of us, on the search for his brother.  He was moving around with purpose and calling non-stop, but after following him for an hour with no luck we left him be.

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The two boys together for a short period with the girls.  Big Boy is the more dominant of the two males and as such offers his brother little opportunity to get close to the females.

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The iconic Floppy Ear.  She is the glue that holds the rest of the girls together and also the one that needs the most convincing in terms of the males establishing their dominance.

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The smaller Charleston male, dubbed Mazino (Ma-zeen-yo), which means “tooth” in the Shangaan language, due to tooth that’s been hanging off of his lower jaw for the last several months.  We all thought it would have fallen off by now, but it sure is stubborn.  Thankfully its not causing him any trouble though.

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Big Boy showing some interest in one of the females lying nearby.

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Males and females rarely display affection toward one another and even here there wasn’t much in it, but there was a brief moment where they seemed to connect.
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Sabi Sabi Blog: A DAY WITH THE SOUTHERN PRIDE
by Mike Palmer (Bush Lodge Ranger)

A few days back my guests and I had an incredible experience…we spent pretty much the entire day with the Southern Pride!
It wasn’t long before we stumbled upon the larger of the two Charleston males resting about 200m away as the crow flies.  I thought immediately about the kudu and figured they must’ve picked up his scent as they neared the hide.  He was looking pretty thin and I suppose it should’ve been no surprise because he’d been seen mating with Floppy Ear for the past several days.  It was a welcomed surprise for my guests as I hadn’t shown them lions yet due to this being only their second outing of a 5-day safari with us.  We weren’t with him for ten minutes before the call came in over the radio that both Floppy Ear and the other Charleston brother were found mating about 100m from us!  Needless to say the decision for the day’s events had been made…

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We moved across to see the mating pair and boy oh boy were they frisky!  Mating in lions usually happens every 20-30 minutes for a few seconds at a time over a period of 4-5 days.  Considering that Floppy Ear had already been mating for several days, it was quite impressive to see her allow it to continue with the second Charleston male, especially seeing as he was initiating the process every 3-5 minutes!  Impressive by anybody’s standards…  Mazino (as many Guides and Trackers call him) was looking very well-fed in comparison to his larger brother and must’ve finally gained the upper hand on him to lure away Floppy Ear, so maybe he was just making up for lost time.  In any event, we spent a great deal of time watching them go at it, moving closer to Gregg’s Hide every time mating was initiated until they finally waked over to satisfy their thirst.  Incredibly though, unbeknownst to us, there was a herd of about 50 Cape Buffalo resting at near the dam and they were less than pleased to see the lions.

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The buffalo were initially quite startled at the encounter, but soon realized that the lions had other things on their mind and actually then began chasing the lions away from the dam.  It was quite a sight to see…
After spending most of the morning with the mating pair, we decided to head off to check up on “Big Boy” before heading back to Bush Lodge for a well-deserved breakfast, but Lady Luck had more in store for us, much, much more.  Another Southern Pride lioness made her way into the sighting with her two adorable cubs! Could this morning get any better?!  After a brief time spent in the shade, she led the cubs and the large male on a mission through the bush and judging by the blood on her face, I assumed she was taking them to a kill.  At this stage it was very late morning and nearing midday.  The female soldiered on in the blistering heat stopping for nothing, not even her whining cubs, who paused briefly at every piece of shade they could find.  We followed them for roughly 2,5km through the bush before we descended into a drainage line (riverbed) where two other lionesses lay in the shade along with a large kudu bull.  Clearly the morning could get better…  The Charleston male made a B-line for the carcass and laid claim immediately, while the cubs rested after their strenuous journey.  The lioness tried to guard the kill from him so the cubs could feed, but he soon overpowered her.  It was a fantastic experience!

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We stopped off at the lodge briefly to fill our tummies, quench our thirst and digest the events of the morning, but a couple of hours later we were back at the kill to check up on developments.  Everyone was full and trying desperately to escape the heat.  At a stage we even had a lioness use our vehicle’s shadow as her shade! Way too close for comfort, but perfectly relaxed.  So much so that the cubs even came over to suckle, a mere foot from the vehicle and its inhabitants!  It was an incredible experience and one that neither my guests nor I will soon forget.

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"We found Maxabeni, who then took us to Little Bush and her cub who had been feeding on an impala. While he was up in the tree and they were on the ground, the Charleston males broke up the reunion sending Little Bush and her cub in the other direction. The Charleston males then scaled the tree to steal the kill but were unsuccessful."

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"We have had some glorious rain in the bush and despite this Charleston male looking less than impressed by it, we are extremely happy for this much needed rain!"

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@Majingilane 

I see there are more information in this thread about Charleston males, i think half about the news and the information. Is the case of creating a new thread and transfer news about Charleston males ?
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It's not a bad idea.

Credits to Sabi Sabi
The Charleston males and two Southern Pride females were on a fresh buffalo kill this morning. Hopefully they will be joined by the other females and cubs soon!

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( This post was last modified: 03-15-2016, 01:44 AM by Ngala )

Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve: MONOCHROME MONDAY #64 by Pravir Patel (Bush Lodge Ranger)

"Flehmen grimace displayed by one of the Charleston males where a Southern Pride female had recently urinated."

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From Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve, another shot about Charleston males on buffalo. Blog by Sheldon Hooper


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Some days ago, with Southern Pride. Blog by Franscois Rosslee

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Some hours ago: "The Charleston males and two Southern Pride females were seen finishing off one of their kills last night, before moving onto their second kill this morning."

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Yesterday: "A Charleston male and two Southern Pride females were resting in an open area after a slight downpour. Two male lions were also heard roaring not too far from their location this morning."
Dominant Toulon

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Today: "We relocated the Toulon male yesterday still resting with two Southern Pride females. All of a sudden the three lions scattered and we saw the two Charleston males charging in, going after the Toulon male. They did not manage to catch him after spending at least 30 minutes chasing. Two of the Southern Pride females that were with the Toulon male yesterday joined up with two other females and the two older cubs this morning."
Dominant Toulon

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Charleston males

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"The Charleston males ventured to the nearest water source in order to satisfy their thirst after feeding on a buffalo."

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Photo and information credits: Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve
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Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve:
The Talamati males moved through our property this morning trying to hunt zebra and buffalo. The amazing thing about these cats are that even though they fail at times there is always that brotherly love and closeness.

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We had a great sighting of the Southern Pride and the Charleston males last night. The two cubs were in a playful mood and took the opportunity to suckle while a little away from the pride, one of the Charlestons and a Southern Pride female were mating.

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(03-15-2016, 01:44 AM)Ngala Wrote: Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve: MONOCHROME MONDAY #64 by Pravir Patel (Bush Lodge Ranger)

"Flehmen grimace displayed by one of the Charleston males where a Southern Pride female had recently urinated."

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is that his canine sticking out?
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