Today January 10/07 ....5 of the adult females from this magnificant pride were spotted near the Nkorho Pan Bush Lodge. Now were about to learn WHY this is not a good thing and what this means in the scheme of things with regards to all the Lions in this area.
All Things Nkuhuma Pride
Lions usually roar in the hours between dusk and early morning, and they roar for several reasons. The first is to stay in touch with companions from whom they have temporarily separated, and the second is to advertise their location and strength to rivals. Lions are sensitive to numbers, and they are able to discriminate the roars of large groups from those of small groups. They can also distinguish the roars of companions from those of strangers.
Hear Lions Roaring
The African Lion
The African LionInfanticide & Female Response
"The death of the cubs may seem brutal but it is no senseless killing":
The first video is very graphic and savage.Not for the weak of heart. This is difficult to watch, but at the same time watching the first one, than the second, you get a better understanding why the Mapogo Boys are doing what it is they are doing.
Lion infanticide Part 1:
Lion infanticide Part 2:
I wouldn't know where do begin. I would really like to see what this Male looked like.
No problem - I have it saved to my favorites. Get the kleenex out, my friend..
I just found the one Aquila did for Dozie; Aquila if your watching.....BLESS YOU.
From the WE blog.......Posted by WildEarth at 1/08/2008 05:22:00 PM
As many of you know our very own Kahuma pride were attacked and Blondie (one of the two male lions in control of the pride) was killed. The Kahumas fled into Manyaleti to the north with their 14 cubs and under the leadership of Dozie. This morning it was reported that their was an 'interaction' between some of the Kahuma females and the Mapogos on Djuma's northern border. Nobody was hurt, but clearly the Mapogos wish to mate with the Kahuma lionesses (along with every other lioness in the Sands), but because their cubs are still alive they are not receptive. It would appear that the Mapogos are not interested in travelling further north into the Manyaleti ... so for the moment the Kahuma cubs are safe, WE just don't get to see them.
There is little that can be done about these thugs
This was sent to me by Aquila:
The first reports did state that Dozie had been killed and it was only later they determined him and the female (believed to a Styx girl that Blondie had been mating with) escaped the attack and it was the bigger dominant brother that was killed, Blondie. The female that escaped with Dozie was reported to have returned to where the Mapogos were and began mating with one of them.
The reason the sighting today was not good for many of us was it could very well be an indication that the Mapogos have made an attack on the Nkuhuma pride and the ones spotted out of their territory and in the vicinity of NK might be the survivors or were separated when they fled the attack.
The pride had been trying to stay far away from the Mapogos in an effort to preserve their cubs but the Mapogos were steadily tracking them. There were reports that the Mapogos had found the pride or part of them and an altercation between them and the females had occured. There possibly could have been another altercation over the last couple of days that we have not heard about as of yet.
Mapogos are known to not only kill male lions, cubs but also females that try to defend their cubs or their pride. I suppose we will have to wait to find out why these 5 or 6 females have ventured or been driven out of their normal range. Hoping the other pride females are still hidden out with all the cubs some where. Unlike many animals, other members of the pride will suckle all the cubs and not just their own. They are like babysitters. So there is a chance that the babysitters are still hiding the cubs safely. Praying that is the case.
We once viewed on the Djuma cam one lioness take off with the entire mess of cubs to hide them when they thought their was a threat to their safety. Remarkable animals lions are.