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The Mighty Mapogos

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(05-25-2019, 01:08 AM)fursan syed Wrote:
(05-16-2019, 03:16 AM)AbcXyz Wrote:
(11-12-2016, 01:53 AM)fursan syed Wrote: 2009 Mlowathis Hit List Continues

The body of a Unknown male lion killed by Mlowathis (Mr T and Kinky Tail) Mapogos in Buffelshoek. Died by the injuries on hind legs.



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I'm wondering how did you arrive at the conclusion that this lion was killed by the Mlowathis?

The original post https://www.alamy.com/stock-photo-the-bo...75456.html doesn't mention this. Moreover, Buffelshoek seems to be a little out of the range of Mlowathis territory.

i dont remember may be someone told me . now after all these years its looks a like a mistake since i dont have any proof or link about it. i am deleting that post

Meanwhile, someone who followed the Mapogos when they were alive told me that this picture is from 2008, and it is indeed a casualty of the Mapogos. Not necessarily of KT and Mr. T, but of the Mapogos for sure! (Of course, I don't have any proof either.)
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Lion warfare – Life's tribulations
Karen Loader, June 16, 2018

I remember the morning like it was yesterday. At the time, I was working for the world renowned Londolozi Private Game Reserve as a Lodge Manager at Founders Camp where a Big Cat Safari has become synonyms with Londolozi.

We had a honeymoon couple, let’s just call them Mr and Mrs Smith who wanted to do something special and requested to sleep under the stars at the Londolozi lookout deck. Being a romantic at heart, the Founders team and I set up an incredible evening for this great couple.

Just think lanterns, candles, beautiful Londolozi bed, draped in an Out of Africa mosquito net, surrounded by an incredible River view, a finely prepared picnic dinner and an assortment of luxury beverages, not to mention the sounds and the incredible stars, bringing you closer to nature, a spiritual connection. What an incredible evening, little did they know the morning would bring a sighting like no other.

It was awesome to be out so early in the morning, still dark, the air was crisp and I had a sense of excitement about me that I couldn’t quite explain. I set off, following the sand river, passing Taylor’s dam and Pioneer Camps entrance and through open areas to Mhangene Double Crossing to where the look-out deck was situated.

Conversing with Mr and Mrs Smith over the radio I made my way through the giant Jackelberry trees towards the deck where the couple were eagerly awaiting, with big smiles, excited to tell me about their night and how special it was. After enjoying a fresh, hot cup of coffee we all set off back to camp to meet up with their guide Sandros, who would take them out on their morning game drive.

It was starting to get light now with a slight mist hovering over the dewy grass, Impala attentively watch us from the open areas and a chorus of baboons barking in the background alerted us to something incredible. With limited time, we moved on and followed the sounds, moving closer and closer to camp, we were eagerly followed the barks of the baboons. We had no idea what we would find.

With the barking escalating in volume and witnessing the baboons scrambling from tree to tree to get a better vantage point, we came to a sight that to this day is etched in my memory. Turning the corner towards the Pioneer entrance and the wall of Taylors dam, right where I had driven early this morning, were two of the famed Mapogo Male Lion Coalition, Kinky Tail and Mr T, devouring a sub adult hippo.

These Incredible lions, had successfully taken down an animal 4 times their size with ease and were now enjoying the spoils. It was an absolutely incredible sighting, positioning the vehicle so the guests could get the perfect shot, all I could hear was the “cha cha cha” of the shutter of Mr Smith’s Canon SLR like a semi-automatic machine gun, mixed with tearing flesh and low pitched growls as the two males fed.

Calling in the sighting we left to get back to camp to ensure we were able to meet up with the other guests. The lions had a large meal and we knew they would more than likely be there for some time, coming back to visit them later. It’s incredible.

We had to warn staff at Pioneer Camp to ensure they were aware of the lions right outside their entrance and to be mindful during the day as the interaction was bound to attract other predators to the scene.

The staff canteen was full of commotion about the lions and the hippo they had killed, so much so that we decided to go out to see how far the lions had got and whether there was another story to be told.

Heading back towards Taylors Dam, to where we had seen the lions that morning, we found not two but now four lions, two lionesses from the Styx pride had heard the commotion and had come to investigate.

It was an unusual sighting, as one of the lionesses you could see was quite skinny and clearly hungry but was not feeding, where the other lioness and older female was feeding alongside the males. Every time the younger lioness tried to feed, the males would aggressively confront her, forcing her to submit and retreat to a nearby bush. She would try again and the interaction would become more and more aggressive, leading to the flashback Friday image of the lioness bearing her teeth at Mr T. Sheer power seen in both lion’s bodies as they face off each other before the lioness very wisely submitted and retreated. Why was one lioness accepted and the other not? And what would happen next we all thought!

We would find out that evening, as the often tranquil evenings, was now filled with lion roars, growls and cries, that were so loud I don’t think anyone slept that night.

Investigating the area in the morning, we came across a gory sight, the lions had moved the hippo closer to Pioneer car park, and we could see by the spoor marks, fur and blood throughout the Pioneer car park that a huge fight had taken place that evening and someone had come off second best. But who?

We found out about an hour later over the radio, warning staff that there was a lioness walking through the staff village. The guides moved in to investigate to find the female breathing heavily at Camp Dam, she had been mauled by the two males and was in a bad state. Nature at her cruelest, watching the magnificent animal take her last breath in front of us was very sad. Why had the males killed her? It’s hard to understand the lion dynamics in the Sabi Sands, and ever changing saga, which fascinates us all on a daily basis.

Nothing is wasted in the end, the lioness’s body was later consumed by crocodiles who found her body on the banks of camp dam.

I will never forget the events of that day and it will forever stay with me and all that had the privilege of seeing nature in all her glory.

The circle of life.

https://unearthexperience.com/lion-warfa...bulations/

Kinky Tail – Photo Credit: Rory Loader

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(10-18-2016, 10:04 PM)Pckts Wrote: Blast from the Past:

Ulusaba Rangers Diary
June 2007

"The first part of this month started with a bang, with the Mapogos stealing most of the lime light. It took only 4, of this incredible coalition of 6 male lions, to kill a sub adult rhino bull.

On the very next day, 1 of the remaining 2 from the coalition killed an adult giraffe cow. He was joined by the other 4, which took only 4 days to finish their great catch.

The 6th male, oldest and largest of the lions, has been with the 2 Othawa lionesses, and on one day we saw him overpower the Othawa lionesses to steal their warthog kill, which happened right in front of our Landrover.

Their seems to be a little more of a split in the coalition of these males as the older Mapogo, not being a brother or cousin of the other 5, is no longer sighted with them. In fact the 5 males were also seen killing the last of the Othawa lioness’ cubs; cubs which the large Mapogo fathered.

Dominate males, which have not mated with certain lionesses, will kill their cubs in order to bring them back into oestrus so that they can then mate with them to produce their own offspring, which will be the strongest genes at the time!"

This Ulusaba report was included in the article "The Mapogo Story" written by Aquila and Karen in VA: https://wildearth.tv/2008/05/the-mapogo-...TDeXicSoVY

In a comment under the article Rob the Ranger says:

"Great Article, well researched, just one correction to the story - the Ottawa cubs that were killed in early 2007 were sired by the Nhlanguleni male and not the older of the Mapogo... We actually watched one of the young male cubs being eaten by "Mr T" close to our lodge (Idube)."

Who's telling the truth?

I think Rob the Ranger is mistaken: the Mapogos took over the Othawa Pride in the spring of 2006. Hard to believe that Nhlanguleni cubs were let alive until the beginning of 2007.
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Tonight
By James Kydd
Londolozi, August 6, 2007

Tonight we watched the sun set behind a prime breeding male lion as he called out his challenge to the wind.

Tonight we watched a battle-hardened lion huntress sharing her nyala kill with her son, still alive against all the odds.

Tonight we watched a red moon rise over the river reeds, full enough to hold the water, distracted only by the Christmas tree twinkling of the fireflies.

This was our night.

https://rangerdiaries.com/diary/tonight/

Makhulu; 9 years old

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September 2011

"The Mapogo brothers are covering a lot of ground lately. With pressure coming from the east, they are actively defending their territory."

http://davidwilsonphotographic.blogspot.com/2011/09/


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March 2011

"The Mapogo's have been seen throughout the Western sector. Sataan seems to have accepted the cubs and we have had no recent fatalities."

http://davidwilsonphotographic.blogspot.com/2011/03/


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March 2011

"One of the Mapogo’s and a Ximungwe Lioness were found south of Dam Five. We were trying to find them for some time but without much success. Fortunately they started roaring while we were on the dam wall and they were located south of the dam. Both were vocalising on a regular basis."

http://davidwilsonphotographic.blogspot.com/2011/03/


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April 2011 (week 3 highlights)

"One of the Mapogo Males was located on the clearings at Nkombe Dam. We arrived at nightfall and we were treated to the male roaring. This has to be the most spectacular sound that one can hear at night from the African bush."

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April 2011 (week 2 highlights)

"The Mapogo’s have been quite active and very vocal this week. Having traversed their whole territory and providing spectacular roaring displays at dusk. They joined up with some of the Ximungwe lionesses on occasion but were otherwise actively patrolling together."

http://davidwilsonphotographic.blogspot....ights.html


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May 2011

"The lion sightings this week have been especially good. The mapogo brothers have been on their own for a few days. Skorro mapogo was found lying up at Tawny Eagle Pan. This particular male spent two days at the dam probably as a result of a full stomach. He has been quite vocal, roaring often from the dam."

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May 2011

"Later in the week the three mapogo’s two Ximungwe lionesses and two cubs were resting on the wall at Cutline Dam. It seems that the Ximungwe pride is slowly getting back to normal as the mapogo who was killing the previous cubs has now accepted the new arrivals."

http://davidwilsonphotographic.blogspot.com/2011/05/


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May 2011

"The week finished off with some fantastic action. We were following the largest of the mapogo brothers near Ebony Dam after dark. Suddenly the large male lion charged and into the darkness and caught a fleeing male warthog."

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"After suffocating the unsuspecting warthog the male lion dragged the carcass to a suitable spot. He fed on the carcass without the competition of the coalition members."


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April 2011 (week 4 highlights)

"The Mapogos have been seen regularly. Satan was found on Sally's clearing with one of the Ximungwe females with very full bellies."

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"The following evening two of the brothers killed an impala ram on Tree Stump road. Satan was to busy trying to keep his share of the prize while the older male kept eating."

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April 2011 (week 1 highlights)

"The lion viewing this week has been very good! The Mapogos were showing interest in an old buffalo wandering across Schotia Dam clearing. They soon lost interest and went back to the usual morning nap."

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"The following morning we found two males from the Mapogo coalition, with four females from the Ximungwe pride and both sets of cubs, on a young giraffe kill on the western firebreak. The good news is that Sataan (the male who has killed all the cubs) was with the kill, and seemed to have accepted all the cubs. "


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The oldest male from the coalition arrived the following day, and the kill was finished pretty quickly thereafter.

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