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The mighty Mapogos

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One Day, One Day soon, I will have big teeth like my Dad.

One of Mr.T's adorable cubs showing his little teeth off for the camera.

Credits to Mitchell Krog


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Ok so Mapogo fans, let's really kick the first weekend of 2018 off with a bang.

Here's a second unreleased image of Shaka aka Kinky Tail drinking from a lake after sunset before he and T went off on another rampage into the dark bush.

As I did yesterday on the Mr.T/SaTan Mapogo group, I am only posting these images today in this group (The Mapogo Lions) and will only post them elsewhere in a day or two's time so they are here only for the members of this group to enjoy today. They do not even appear on my own Facebook page yet 
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This image was taken on 2009-08-13 at 17:48:23 after sunset.

The lighting is entirely from a handheld torch which our guide was using to light up his face. I had to do some careful processing to bring out the true magic of this photo and I hope I succeeded in that.

Hope you all enjoy this one. Credits to Mitchell Krog


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The Warrior Mr T

I promised Tee Mapogo I would share any stories or experiences about the Mapogo. I was very lucky to have captured images of Mr T in 2009 both the day before and day after a big hunt.
The morning after at the watering hole, T and Shaka were together with some of their females and lots of cubs.
When we arrived T and Shaka were drinking at the little dam very unperturbed by any of us or the game vehicles but certainly quite aware of our presence.
T had his morning drink and then stood and looked off across the dam towards where the females and cubs were playing.
He then walked towards us and right by the side of the vehicle and for those who have never been to Sabi Sands the vehicles are rather open and exposed. So it's a bit spine chilling when a beast like this walks right past the vehicle and could very easily climb in if he wanted to and he was close enough you could reach out and touch him but no thank you 
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He then just walked casually past the vehicle in no rush at all but also somewhat checking us out that we were no threat to his cubs or family and then just walked to where the cubs were playing and plonked himself down.
Then the fun began with the cubs starting to play with him and annoy him. Being the warrior he had come to be known as and having a somewhat grumpy face that morning and a short temper he was actually extremely good with the cubs even though they persisted to continually annoy him.
It was a very interesting sighting and experience so see a serious force to be reckoned with be so gentle with his offspring. This was such a magical morning to sit and watch them and something I will never forget.
You can see a very familiar tail sticking in from the left of the frame in the one photo.

Writing and Photo Credits to Mitchell Krog


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Shaka aka Kinky Tail resting after a nights hunting with Mr T. Check that fat full tummy.
Credits to Mitchelle Krog 


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Mr.T Mapogo 

Confirmation of a big meal the night before
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Mlowathis Mr.T and Kinky Tail 


Taken on 2009-08-14 at 06:39:13 just as the sun had risen.
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Ohhh ohhhh ohhhhhh ..... here comes trouble

For one, I cannot part with a single photo containing Mr T, no matter if he was out of focus in this photo or not it still tells a story.

The cubs and their reactions to him getting angry for me are priceless. Even after this Mr T remained super calm with his cubs despite them continuing to annoy him constantly.

It goes to show that a fearless Warrior like T had a soft side too.

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Hi, new here, with a question. I've been really interested in Sabi Sands ever since my nieces went there and brought back stories. I just now finally tracked down the documentary "Brothers in Blood: Lions of Sabi Sands" and watched it. Here is the thing though: the doc names the Mapogo as Mahkulu, Pretty Boy, Mr T, Kinky Tail, Rasta, and Skewed Spine/Scar Spined Male. Dreadlock is given as an alternate name for Rasta. And then at the end, they state that Pretty Boy and Rasta disappeared shortly Kinky Tail's death, with some assuming the Majin got them. And then Mr T dies and the doc ends, they never mention what happens to Mak and the lion they named as Scar at the beginning.

But the consensus usage everywhere, like here, youtube, facebook, seems to be Dreadlock in place of Scar, with Rasta as a different lion. And the standard chronology says Dreadlock disappeared, and then Rasta was killed in the showdown with the Majin on June 10, 2010.

And yet I look at the people who speak on that documentary and I can't believe they got that wrong. They include people like Karin van der Merwe, Nkorho Lodge manager, who shot the footage of Kinky Tail's death; and one of the guy who witnessed Mr T's dying moments. Just go to imdb and look at who's on that doc: Sabi Sands field guides, lodge managers, field rangers, game wardens, etc. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4689268/

So what's going on here with the naming discrepancy? It would make sense if Dreadlock and Rasta are alternate names, it's variations on a theme in a world where naming conventions are often descriptive, like Mr T and his Mohawk. I'm sorry if it's been addressed before, I'm browsing multiple threads right now and haven't read every post in this thread yet.
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(02-03-2018, 01:24 PM)taetertot Wrote: Hi, new here, with a question. I've been really interested in Sabi Sands ever since my nieces went there and brought back stories. I just now finally tracked down the documentary "Brothers in Blood: Lions of Sabi Sands" and watched it. Here is the thing though: the doc names the Mapogo as Mahkulu, Pretty Boy, Mr T, Kinky Tail, Rasta, and Scar. Dreadlock is given as an alternate name for Rasta.

But the consensus usage everywhere, like here, youtube, facebook, seems to be Dreadlock in place of Scar, with Rasta as a different lion.

And yet I look at the people who speak on that documentary and I can't believe they got that wrong. They include people like Karin van der Merwe, Nkorho Lodge manager, who shot the footage of Kinky Tail's death; and one of the guy who witnessed Mr T's dying moments. Just go to imdb and look at who's on that doc: Sabi Sands field guides, lodge managers, field rangers, game wardens, etc. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4689268/

So what's going on here with the naming discrepancy? It would make sense if Dreadlock and Rasta are alternate names, it's variations on a theme in a world where naming conventions are often descriptive, like Mr T and his Mohawk. I'm sorry if it's been addressed before, I'm browsing multiple threads right now and haven't read every post in this thread yet.

Hello @taetertot 

they did some mistakes in names, but its most likely the mistakes of the narrator not the mistakes of the field guides and rangers.
the problem is during the early days of mapogo era Rasta was called Dreadlocks, sabi sand is divided in to many different smaller reserves so different reserves different names.

(The Scar in the documentary was originally pretty boy, the Pretty Boy in the documentary is dreadlocks, and the dreadlocks in the documentary is Rasta)  

These are the different names of six mapogos 
 
Eyrefield Males aka Sparta Males aka Mapogo Males aka Mapoho Males aka Mapocho Males aka Cannibals

1. Makhulu or Makulu aka Ngalalalekha 
2. Pretty Boy aka T2 aka Bent Spine aka Scorro
3. Rasta aka Red aka Leonidas aka (Dreadlocks in early years)
4. Dreadlocks aka Scar aka Snip Tail 

Two Younger Mapogo Males also called Mlowathi Males in Mala Mala from Late 2008 to mid 2010

5. Kinky Tail aka Shaka
6. Mr.T aka Mohawk aka SaTan aka Short Mane aka Broken Nose
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