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the Selati coalition

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(08-31-2016, 06:12 PM)Majingilane Wrote:
(08-31-2016, 11:23 AM)jacksonsmash Wrote: these are the guys that killed the famous mr t right?  how many different prides have they controlled  and who ousted them. i know the majings took the othawa pride from them.THe thanda impis have been giving them trouble.but they had to have more prides than just othawa and talamat

After they killed Mr.T and chased away the other two Mapogos.
PB & Big Mak true?
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Quote:PB & Big Mak true?

Exactly @Gamiz .

The two old men were in a bad physical state, with Pretty boy beating up and Mak also from a couple of previous interactions, so by taking out the younger Mr.T, the Selatis secured themselves the victory.
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andBeyond Travel:

Recent guest to Exeter River Lodge in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve, Jill Daley, kindly shared this incredible image taken on the first game drive of the day on Saturday 7 April 2012. The drive started out with a bang with the group seeing 4 male lions stalking 4 Daga boys hanging around the lodge. The lions managed to kill this buffalo on the staff soccer field. Their tracker, Martin told the group that the "unlucky" buffalo only had sight in one eye due to a previous injury and as a result, put him at a disadvantage - It really is SURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST out there! Thank you Jill for sharing this extraordinary photograph with us!

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From Tintswalo Safari Lodge:
"We also found the 2 Selati male Lions on 4x4, and some of the Talamati pride with 3 brand new cubs (about 2 months old) on Buffelshoek access."

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(10-19-2016, 01:27 PM)Georgel Wrote: Maybe this has been mentioned somewhere in this thread, but when I've read it I wasn't interested in: why this coalition was named Selati if Selati is a region far from Sabi Sand?

Because they came from the Selati pride, also called Southern pride.
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(10-19-2016, 09:27 PM)Georgel Wrote: @Majingilane

Thanks, but then I have to ask why that pride was called Selati?

Mala Mala names coalitions or prides according to the territories where they were first seen or where they become dominant.
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April 2012 Wildlife Journal - Inyati Game Lodge:

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The new coalition is settling in well in their new territory, they paroling and marking every corner of the territory, their roar can be heard from miles away almost every night. On one morning we had a magnificent start to the day as we woke up to the Selati males calling in camp. We set out at dawn and to track them down, with combing fine work of ranger and trackers they were found just east of camp. They seemed to be moving with intent. A short while after we found them they flushed a group of buffalo bulls and the chaos started. They separated one bull, working as a team one teased on the front as the others attacked from behind. The buffalo fought hard but the four strong lions wear determent to pull him down, at one stage one of the male was riding on his back to add some weight in attempt to weaken him.

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It was hard work but they manage to pull him down eventually. One of the males hit the much larger beast with enough force to stop it in its tracks.
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May 2012 – Wildlife Journal:

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The new dominant males, Selati have spent a good part of the month with the three Ottawa lionesses of which two of them were in oestrous. 

The boys did manage to pull down at least couple of buffaloes this month. While they were feeding on the buffalo, one of the younger male sneak away he was found the next morning in the different area mating with two lionesses at same time. It didn’t take long before the three brothers caught up with him. This was the first time that the bond amongst these males was put to real test, the younger two males have been given so many chances in the past but this time it wasn’t the same there was few serious battle between among themselves and the younger two who initially claimed the lionesses where beaten up and driven off.

One of the male younger male was seriously injured but the next day were found him with the female he lost the night before, this particular male have very strong character of them all. He often separate, he was one driving the group to search for the Mapogos, he was more aggressive when they killedMr T. He is far less affectionate; often lie separate from the rest of the males. He was the one who continue the chase of Ximhungwe pride ended up in the tough jaws and claws of four Ximhungwe lionesses. This male can be easily identified by the prominent bulge on the right side of his heap and his frown or mean face he wears. (Note second picture blow)

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JUNE 2012 – WILDLIFE JOURNAL:

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These male are certainly making their presence known around the area as they constantly making, vocalising and mating with lionesses that roam within their territory. They are often seen in separate areas as they search for female in heat only get together to hunt. Yet another buffalo was killed this month as a result of the team work by the Selati boys. If all four are seen together it’s almost a given that a buffalo is coming down soon. Soon after the buffalo carcass finished the Selati male lions and Ottawa lionesses have moved little further away and the mating has resumed.

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Ximhungwe pride ran into one of Selati male lion on one morning, two lionesses took the cubs out the area when the other two stayed with him, interestingly the short tail female, mother of the two older cubs tried to seduce him to mate. It took few days for the male to allow mating but eventually two lionesses were mating with the Selati boys.


These seventeen months old cubs are looking very nervous after the confrontation with Selati males, their mothers have done exception work to keep the sub adults away the Selati Coalition and keep them alive.

Latter in the month we witness the Selati male lions mating, one mating with Ximhungwe lioness and the other one was mating with two of the Othawa lionesses. Yes! he was mating with two lionesses at same time.

OTTAWA PRIDE

The three lionesses are looking their best moment and confident, they seem to have accepted Selati male entirely and much easier compared to the Ximhungwe pride. One of them was seen mating again with one of the Selati males by the river side after feeding on a buffalo kill.

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July 2012 Wildlife Journal - Inyati Game Lodge:


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For almost the whole month these male we preoccupied by the mating with tree lionesses of Ximhungwe pride and feeding on a hippo carcass that died at Xikwenga dam. The buffaloes and the Ximhungwe sub-adult even got a little break from these males chasing them around. The cubs are growing fast hopeful they will grow to the age and size where the Selati male will accept them as sub-adult and not kill them.

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These males have become so comfortable in their territories they are roaring almost every night and are very seldom seen together.

Ottawa pride


The three lionesses of this pride was seen on few occasions hunting up and down along the river possible looking for bushbucks, nyalas and kudus that prefer these kind of habitat.

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All tree Ottawa lionesses look pregnant, we are impatiently waiting for the next generation, the first cubs of Selati males.

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Ximhungwe pride


The lionesses are trying very hard to keep the cubs away from the Selati male, keep them alive. We seen them their strategy from running and hunting to engage entertaining and mate. The one lioness, Queen is left to baby sit and feed the three remaining cubs, hunting without the help of the three sisters (who are busy entertaining the Selati males) have proven little difficult especially because she been limping for a while now but she is managing so far.

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It was much to our relief that the lioness and the 3 sub adults made a kill on one morning. We found them with bulging bellies and still bloodied. The Lioness had fed a bit but had clearly left the lions share to the youngsters. Hope beyond hope, as the Selati males still search for the last of the Mapogo’s cubs. The sad news this month is the lioness that had new litter lost all her cubs, we only got to see one cubs, we saw her carrying this cub to a wildebeest kill and the next day it was dead we are not sure what happened to it.

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AUGUST 2012 WILDLIFE JOURNAL:

Selati coalition and Ximhungwe pride


The Selati males continue to frequent our area and the Ximhungwe pride seems to have finally accepted this new male coalition. There was more mating for good part of the month. There one female was seen mating with one mate for week and straight after that she was mating with another male this is possible for the protection of the cubs yet to be born but certainly helped to reduce fight between the coalition.

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SEPTEMBER 2012 WILDLIFE JOURNAL:

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Selati coalition and Ximhungwe pride


The Selati males and Ximhungwe lionesses have been very active giving great sightings throughout the month. The males are now starting to look like pride males as their girth and confidence improve. The four males killed three buffalos this month of which one was only couple of kilometres from the lodge.

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One of the interesting things worth mentioning is that Majingelane male coalition had a few visits into area, keeping the Selati males on their toes. The larger male of Selati coalition of lions were seen running past the front of the lodge while roaring , one morning, upon close observation we noticed fresh, bleeding battle wounds, we latter received reports of two Majingelane males and one Othawa lioness were in the area he came running from. On the following drive we located one of the other males (one with bad limp) of the Selati male coalition with battle wounds.


There was also a 6 days of mating, copulatingevery 15 minutes between Selati male lion and Ximhungwe lioness, at the end of day 5 both lions appeared to be totally exhausted.

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We followed Ximhungwe pride out on their hunt on one evening, they made few attempt hunting waterbucks but when we left they still hadn’t killed anything but the night was still young there was hope they could get something to eat. It was only two days later that we found them on a buffalo carcass and they were later joined by the four Selati males who helped to finish off the carcass.


The four Ximhungwe lionesses also managed to kill a zebra towards the end of the month which they fed on for couple of days; they successfully kept it safe from the Selati males.

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OCTOBER 2012 WILDLIFE JOURNAL:


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Selati coalition and Othawa pride


The Selati males spent most of the month trailing either Othawa lionesses or Ximhungwe pride, which has given the buffalo a bit of a break from these killer cats.

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At least two lionesses of Othawa pride have given birth, and after a brief sighting of the lionesses with cubs in the sand river, we closed the area to game drives to avoid any pressure on her and her offspring.


She has been seen several times on her hunting forays and appeared to be heavy with milk, which is a good sign.

Unfortunately that seems to have all changed and it appears that one of them have lost her cubs as she was seen mating with the Selati male.

Ximhungwe pride

The Selati males were seen crossing the Sand River on one evening in search of buffaloes they seems so determent to find food; so much for the hunt we found them the next morning lying happily among the Ximhungwe lionesses.

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Well, what can we say -there are priorities in life.


And by the afternoon there was mating going on. One of the lionesses, the short tail female have given birth in a secluded den site on the hill top of a rocky outcrop, we await patiently our first view of the cubs.
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NOVEMBER 2012 WILDLIFE JOURNAL:


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The males have continued their routine, hunt buffalo, patrol , mark and defend their territory. They have the first week of the month to Othawa lionesses, however, visible signs suggest that all three lionesses have lost their cubs.

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The mating has been intense at one stage there was two pairs of mating lions within 500 meters of each other. After a week of all this hard work they went to successful hunt a buffalo.

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Ximhungwe pride


As life goes in the bush, every up has a down. On last report and this month we mentioned how unsuccessful the Othawa pride have been with their latest litters of cubs and now we are happy to say that we have seen all the visible signs that the two lionesses of Ximhungwe have cubs and one other female is heavily pregnant.
And now what we do is wait…. As we look forward to seeing the survival of the first Ximhungwe cubs sired by the Selati male lions.
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DECEMBER 2012 WILDLIFE JOURNAL:


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Selati coalition and Othawa pride

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The coalition is still going very strong in defending their territory. During the month of this report we have seen them pushing more towards the eastern section of their territory, possibly following Othawa pride. This pride normally spent only half of their time on our property as about half of its territory is outside our traversing area. During the whole month of this report they were here and provided good viewing for us and our guests. One of the Selati male had a difficult month his condition deteriorated so much that he got too weak to keep up with the rest of the males.  He is believed to be suffering from some kind of trauma, maybe broken rib; possible got hit by buffalo in a hunt. He did how pull it through and he is recovering well.

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