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The Mighty Mapogos

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"Two brother, members of the Sabi Sands "Gansters", prowling along a road through the African Bush. Taken in the Sabi Sands, Kruger National Park, South Africa." Photographer:Aaron Cacali

Date: 11. January 2009


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One day's life of a lion is preferable to hundred years of a jackal "Tipu Sultan"
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Mr.T Mapogo

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Date: 11. January 2009


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Kinky Tail Mapogo

"A male lion makes his way across a grass landing strip in the African bush. Taken in the Sabi Sands, Kruger National Park, South Africa". Photographer:Aaron Cacali

Date: 11. January 2009


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Kinky Tail Mapogo

"Male lion photographed from a few feet away as he and his brother passed almost uncomfortably close to our open Land Rover while on safari in Sabi Sands, South Africa. Notice the scars and even the fresh wound on his face. This guy is a fighter" Photographer:Aaron Cacali

Date: 11. January 2009


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Date: 11. January 2009

"This male lion is one of 6 bachelor males who had recently moved into the Sabi Sands area and established their reign as masters of the territory. Locally known as "The Gangsters", these males have reportedly killed as many as 40 other lions in the Sabi Sands, mostly other males but also cubs and some females. Though this sounds barbaric, and has significantly reduced the lion population in the Sands, it is in reality a good thing. They have mated with many of the females and so are refreshing the stale gene pool which had existed in the area. They'll continue their reign, dominating this territory and contributing their genetics to new generations of lion cubs until they are eventually unseated by the next group of stronger males.

This guy is obviously a fighter, as is evident by the scars on his forelegs, side and face" Photographer:Aaron Cacali
 



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An exciting few weeks in the African bush
26th June 2009

Well, we're now officially passed the shortest day of the year, and with a little shower of rain over a couple of days in the middle of the month and very warm midday temperatures of around 28C, the bush seems to think that spring has sprung. Of course this is not true, as we're still in the middle of winter, however, with all the good rain we experienced over the summer, the bush is in excellent condition and all the animals are looking healthy as a result.

We've had an exciting couple of weeks in the bush...

On just one evening, the Spata pride tried to kill a honey badger, we were stalked by a lioness during our evening drinks, while Johan and his guests witnessed a playful interaction between a newborn bushbuck and a young female leopard!

The Spata pride's territory is in the middle of the Sabi Sands Game Reserve. It was a rarity to see such a beautiful pride, consisting of 12 lions, including one male, this far west. It was also very brave on their part as they were right in the heart of Ximungwe and Mapogo (6 male lion coalition) country, which is why they were gone the following day. In the late afternoon, we watched them as they woke up and prepared to go hunting. They had their sights on some kudu in the clearings south of them, and thank goodness they headed south because just north of them was a rhino with a 2 week old calf! What a sight to see 12 lions striding towards us! I left Sam and his guests to follow them for a while and in the distance the lions had spotted a honey badger. Sam had said that the badger had seen the lions but didn't even attempt to run away. It stood its ground against at least 6 of the young lions, but not without also emitting the most foulest of smells, which Sam said stunk out the entire clearing. In the end it got away. One of Sam's guests Julian managed to get a photo, although in the dark, you can at least see what was going on.

While this was happening, we were having our sundowners and chatting about man-eating lions. A vehicle started approaching us and in true Jimmy's (my tracker) style he wanted to give them a fright when they came past. But just before reaching us, it veered off-road just to our eastern side. So we looked to see what he was doing, only to find that the vehicle was Phil and he'd spotted a lioness 20m from us in mid stalk. Problem was that it was us that she was stalking. I calmly asked the guests to hop up into the car as there was a lion right there. They didn't believe me!! When they finally saw the lioness, drinks went flying. Naughty lion! It was one of the Ximungwe lionesses just being a little playful.

And just to top of the evening with more excitement, Johan and his guests were watching a young female leopard of about 4yrs showing rather unusual behaviour towards a newborn bushbuck. They witnessed the leopard (Xikavi female), playing with the lamb and even picking it up as though it were her own cub, which the bushbuck certainly protested against by bleating. When the bushbuck was put down, it attempted to suckle from the leopard. Johan had spent at least 45 min watching this play out until it got dark and decided to move out to avoid putting any additional stress on the bushbuck. It's possible that Xikavi had killed the mother of the bushbuck, and that the youngster, now no longer having her mother around, assumed the leopard to be its mom. It was also a clever survival tactic on the lamb's behalf, as the leopard didn't immediately engage in killing the bushbuck, although we're pretty sure that it would've eventually, and if not, it would have died since it was too young and still very dependent on its mother.

Other great sightings included the Othawa pride and one Mapogo having killed an adult giraffe, which they fed on for more than a week. The young Sand River male also joined them at the kill, but as those of you who saw him would remember, he was in a really poor state, and could hardly muster the energy to feed, and unfortunately was found lying dead next to the carcass.

The 5 Ximungwe lionesses are still looking great, and managed to bring down an adult zebra in the early hours of the morning not far from our airstrip, and they too were joined by one of the Mapogos, which I'm sure they were not unhappy about as he'd be their hyaena-deterrent.

The male cheetah, after having killed and fed on an entire adult female impala, rested up for an entire day, just north of Rock Lodge and amazingly, was found at least 20km away the following morning (confirmation that cheetahs do move around at night!). It may have had something to do with having had 3 of the Mapogos roaring all night around the lodge. The Tegwane male leopard killed an adult female kudu one afternoon, but being such a large kill was unable to hoist it and had it stolen later that night by hyaenas. The 3 Cape Hunting Dogs were seen again up in the north and still appear to be looking very fit and well. One afternoon they were seen being chased by a rather angry dazzle of zebra. Nocturnal sightings of civets, genets, white-tailed mongooses continues to be good, while the 2 young hippos at Wallingford dam are still keeping me thoroughly entertained in the late afternoons.

Til next time,
Greg

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29th February 2012

Having watched the Mapogo lion coalition reign as the dominant force over the past few years, it has been hard to imagine a time when their power would wane. Yet despite their strength in numbers, we have seen the once strong 6 male coalition dwindle to only three battle scarred males.


Looking at their faces, you can see the scars and each one tells of battles either won or lost. Once born to a pride, a male lions has about three years of grace until he is driven out by the pride females. Often he has to forge out an existence on his own but occasionally he is able to join up with his brothers and cousins from the same pride. One such coalition has formed to the east.

They are called the Southern Males and there are four in the group. They spend much of their time in the east but recently they have been actively defending and marking the western perimeter of their territory. This area falls in the territory of the Mapogos.

We hadn't seen the Mapogos for a few days and heard that they had killed a young buffalo bull just east of our traversing. One evening, the Southern Males began a territorial patrol from the north sending them straight in the path of the older coalition. The action must have happened late in the night because on the following morning the Southern Males were seen relaxing on their western boundary, not far from where the Mapogos had been enjoying their feast. Later on, two of the Mapogos were sighted walking deeper into their western territory with full bellies from their buffalo kill. They didn't seem like they had suffered any injuries but then we found the third male. He had fresh puncture wounds on his back as well as parallel gashes on his rump where a claw had racked down his back. Judging by the wounds, we think that this male must have been caught alone when the other two had moved off possibly to drink some water. Without the backing of his brothers, he must have made a hasty escape as the four males bore down of him. As these four Southern Males come into their prime, it will become harder for the Mapogos to hold onto their territory, including the cubs that still remain vulnerable to a pride takeover.

It proves to be interesting times on safari at Ulusaba with the balance of power shifting in the lion prides. It remains to be seen if the Mapogo will meet their new rivals in full force and decide once and for all who reigns supreme. We all wait in anticipation and will keep you informed.

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Phillip Andrew and the Ranger and Tracker team

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Ulusaba
27th July 2010

Hello to all our loyal readers and Ulusaba family members. It is with great pleasure that I can tell you, that all is well in the bush. We are blessed with some winter rain which is always appreciated for the fact that it gets rid of the dust and also any extra water in the bush is well used.


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On the wildlife side of things we have had a very interesting time where we once again had to sit back and let nature teach us how it works in the bush, a very interesting thing happened with our lions, you know by now that two of our six male lions (the Mapogo) went east and joined a pride there.

Recently a new coalition of five males came into that area and they clashed with the two Mapogo, where one of the five got killed, later that week the four remaining brothers came back for revenge and killed one mapogo that sent the other battered and bruised Mapogo running back to his four brothers which has affected us. With him being gone for some time he had no ties with the current cubs and he killed four of the seven cubs.


This behavior is not uncommon with lions, if a male finds cubs that are not his own he will kill them to ensure that the female will come into estrous again and that he can do the mating to ensure the survival of his bloodline.
The male lions are still showing us that they still have it in them to make large kills as we saw them with a buffalo bull kill that they had killed one night that gave us good viewing for four days.

The wild dogs were denning on our side for two weeks and this was great viewing for us, it ended when the Ottawa pride found them and killed three pups which caused the adults to move the den site back east out of our area. Once again this is common behavior between two different species of predators, they will kill each other for the fact that they are competing for the same prey. But at least we still get to see the adults when they are on the hunt as they still come back to our property.

All the best till next time

Kind regards Johan and the Ranger & Tracker team

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(In the picture there are 4 of the Ximhungwe cubs killed few days later by Mr. T Mapogo.)
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While on social media the Mapogo fans learn that Mr. T Mapogo was abandoned by his brothers (fake eyewitnesses are brought on the scene in order to support this) and fought alone against 4 male lions, Craig Parsons from Exeter, a person who was there, acknowledged that he has no idea where the other two Mapogos were.


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I underlined few lines in order to emphasize on what he said about Makhulu and Pretty Boy.

But the first underlined remark seems to be even more interesting: a guide found the tracks of two males (not three!). Could this mean that Makhulu and Pretty Boy separated from Mr. T before and this is why he was caught alone by the Selatis?
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Makhulu and Mr. T roaring

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This is a Mala Mala report about KT and Mr. T vs 3 Toulon males.

"Eyrefield males and three young male lions – 10 June 2009

During the morning drive, the Eyrefield males were found south of West Street bridge. They moved southwards searching for something, and finally came to rest close to Rattray’s Camp on the western bank of the Sand River. The three young male lions from the buffalo kill were found fat and fast asleep on the eastern bank opposite Rattray’s Camp. In the afternoon, both sets of males got active. The young males - still full - didn’t move far, while on the western bank an unseen threat approached. The Eyrefield males got active early in the afternoon and continued their quest from the morning. Searching along the river, the two males headed for the position of the younger coalition. Crossing the river, the two Eyrefield males picked up the scent of the other males and made straight for them. Once a male lion picks up the scent of its enemy it becomes silent, moving through the veld with murderous intent - and these two males were intent. Surprising the three sleeping males, the two dominant males set about their task with gruesome ambition. Springing to their feet, the young males tried to defend themselves - but without much success. They were soon overpowered. Turning and running, the three youngsters split up - trying to escape into the darkness. The Eyrefield males gave chase. In the ensuring fight, rangers were able to catch glimpses of skirmishes as lions flashed past the spotlights. Eventually, as the roars subsided, the Eyrefield males regrouped and came back to the river to drink. The three youngsters had vanished."

"Toulon males by guests Bob and Penny at Kirkman's Kamp April 26 2012"

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Warning! There are two posts (see below) about this incident on wildfact, both representing personal views or compilations of the authors.

In 1) the author (well known for his "original" way of handling ranger reports) believes that the Toulon Males "attempted a take over on Mapogo territory". The original Mala Mala report doesn't imply this. He also says that it was an "intense fight that went on for days". This is another invention. Not mentioning the last inaccuracy that the Toulon Males took over the Southern pride 2 months later, when in fact the first take-over happened in September 2009, and the pride was Charleston.

Article 2): "driving off countless coalitions" or "outnumbered several times" are just an exaltation of the author. But what is worse is that this event is presented as another fight, and the three nomadic males weren't the Toulons !!!
https://wildfact.com/forum/topic-the-mig...3#pid27803


1) Legendary Battle for Mala Mala

One of Kinky Tail and Mr. T's greatest battles. On June of 2009, 3 young, prime and big Toulon Males entered Mala Mala and attempted a take over on Mapogo territory. When the brave Toulons went into Mapogo territory they had no intention to leave without knocking the door first. The Mlowathi Males went into hunting mode.
Described as an intense fight that went on for days, perhaps the Toulons refused to lose until finally the tenacity of the Mlowathi Males prevailed.

Result and aftermath

Mlowathi Males - Succeeded in defending their land despite being outnumbered as was their signature trait.
Toulon Males - Were pushed out of most of Mala Mala and Mapogo territory for good but showed they had the tools to challenge for a pride. 2 Months later they took over the Southern pride.

by Jairo Reyes (Legendary Kings)

2) 10th June 2009

2 Mapogos/Mlowathis vs 3 Nomads

The powerful Mapogo/Mlowathi coalition took on the hard task of defending the biggest portion of Mapogo territory for almost 2 years. They were quite successful at it being outnumbered several times and succeeded in driving off countless coalitions and whenever they cornered an opponent, very seldom did they escape alive. All while dominating the multiple prides they had under their control in such a vast territory, quite a feat considering they were only 2.

In 2009 Africam reported an epic battle that ensued on June, 2009 between the Mlowathi males and an aggressive young and prime coalition of 3 males estimated at 4-5 years old. The 3 intruders entered Mala Mala while the Mlowathi or Mapogo boys were seen mating days earlier with 2 Styx females further up east. The 3 males came into Mala Mala with bad intentions and soon after, Kinky Tail and Mr. T picked up on the scent of the intruders. Kinky Tail and Mr. T quickly hunted down the 3 new males to defend their prides and territory. Once Kinky Tail and T came into contact with the rival males, Africam reported that an intense war ensued between the two coalitions on June 10th, 2009. After the battle, the end result saw the 3 intruders vanishing from Mala Mala and out of Mapogo territory. The Mlowathi boys had triumphed once again despite being outnumbered 2-3. The two frontline soldiers and hitmen of the Mapogo coalition had done their job and helping their brothers in the West live a more normal and quiet life.

by Fursan Syed
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(10-31-2019, 09:42 PM)lionjaguar Wrote:
(10-31-2019, 09:28 PM)Potato Wrote:
(10-31-2019, 07:30 PM)lionjaguar Wrote:
(10-31-2019, 03:20 AM)Potato Wrote:
(10-31-2019, 12:52 AM)lionjaguar Wrote:
(10-30-2019, 09:43 PM)Potato Wrote:
(10-30-2019, 01:35 AM)lionjaguar Wrote: An one knows if there are descents of Mapogo are still alive besides females mated with Majingilane? Majingilane was just lucky.

Plenty around. Entire Othawa, Mhangeni and Kambula prides. Anything from those prides are Mapogo's daughters, grand daughters/sons or further descendants.

What happened to Majingilane now? Who defeated them if they are gone or lost their pride?

Passed away in early 2018. Golden Mane was gorged by buffao, Scar Nose and Dark Mane died of starvation.

I heard another coalition kicked their ass, and ended Majingilane.

No, they have not been beaten or chased as far as we can know (such incident hasn't been reported by any lodge). They also did not have any injury suggesting they could be in some fight.

How old were they when they died? Majingilane was just lucky lion group compared to many other lion coalitions after they defeated Mapogo. I believe Mapogo would murdered Majingilane if they were not old.
Do you have photo or video of Golden Mane was gorged by buffalo?

I think these questions about the Majingilanes are more suited in the thread dedicated to them, that is, here: https://wildfact.com/forum/topic-history...male-lions
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