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Mapogo Coalition

Mapogo Males/Eyrefield Males/Sparta Males

Information/background on The Mapogo Male Coalition has been gathered from various sites (Mala Mala, Londolozi, Djuma, Savanna, Nkorho, Elephant Plains, Singita, Exeter, Arathusa, Ulusaba, Inyati, Wildwatch, Idube, Leopard Hills, Simbambili) and their sightings databases along with helpful Rangers and staff at the various lodges and reserves answering questions sent their way. Special thanks to the crew of Wildearth!

We hope you find this info as interesting as we have.

Mapogo Coalition - 6 Male Lions also known as the Eyrefield Males, the Sparta Males and in some regions the “Cannibals“ They were named Mapogo after a security company that utilizes rather harsh methods in dealing with offenders. We’ve found several different meanings for Mapogo. Ulusaba refers to it as meaning “Vigilantes“ and Savanna Lodge refers to the Mapogo name being a Zulu word meaning “Rogues”. What ever the meaning, they are Bad News!

Pride they Originated From: Eyrefield Pride aka Sparta Pride This pride still exists and consists of 3 adult females and 9 cubs. Two of the remaining Eyrefield pride lionesses are siblings of the Mapogos and the third and oldest lioness may very well be the Mother to some of them. The dominant male of this Pride today is the one remaining Roller Coaster/Shaw/Castleton Male.

Sired by: A Coalition of 5 Male Lions known as The West Street Males aka The Sparta Males. (Note: There is a twist to this story that we will share a little later.) These males took over the Eyrefield/Sparta pride from the Manyeleti males in 1998. They were approximately 8 yrs of age at the time and successfully raised many cubs to adulthood during their reign. The last of this coalition died in 2004 at the approximate age of 14 years or even older (some reports indicated the last two were plus/minus 16 yrs in 2003 when two of the original four Marthly/Split Rock/Robson males moved in).

The Oldest Mapogo Male is said to be unrelated to the other 5. The story is that the original pride (Eyrefield/Sparta) lost a male sub adult of 20 to 21 months of age in May/June 2000 and in July 2000 this male of about the same age latched on to the original pride. Though not readily accepted by the lionesses, the West Street Males barely tolerated him though they did not kill him as he was no threat to their dominance due to his age.

His life was not an easy one as he was considered an outcast, yet this young lion became one of the boldest and most valued hunters by helping to keep the pride fed when the West Street males became too old.

Londolozi refers to the oldest Mapogo male as "Ngalalalekha”. Ngala means lion so does lalekha mean “old, older, oldest”? Another name for this male is "Ngalagalega" said to mean "The Lonely Lion".

This oldest Male is elusive. He is said to be bigger, bolder and darker than the other five. He is believed to be the sire of most of the Mapogo cubs that have been born so far but with more recent reports of matings it seems some of the other males will become fathers too if not already. (Note: See section on Cubs Sired by Mapogos Below)

One story about this older Mapogo male that sticks out in our minds is when Londolozi reported a sighting of two hyena clans on a buffalo carcass. A group of approximately 25 adult elephants standing shoulder to shoulder with little ones behind them were staring the hyenas down. A noise was heard behind the vehicle and when the spotlight was shown in that direction an “enormous” male lion burst into their sight roaring louder than any roar they had ever heard before which sent 30 hyenas scattering. It was the leader of the six Mapogos. He stared down the wall of elephants which after about 5 minutes of standing their ground finally gave way to the lone male and moved off.

The Older and currently the Dominant Male of the Coalition is easily identified by his broken right canine tooth.



The Other 5 Mapogo Males are said to be sired by the West Street Males but here is where the twist comes in...... the two youngest might have been sired by the Roller Coaster Males aka Shaw Males aka Castleton Males. The Roller Coaster males were believed to have started out as a Coalition of 6. Four of which enticed some of the Eyrefield/Sparta females into mating with them while the aging West Street males were away from the pride. Thus it is unclear who actually fathered the two youngest. And to add another little twist, it is said that the West Street Males who sired the Mapogos also fathered the Roller Coaster/Shaw/Castleton males.

Estimated ages of the Mapogo Coaliton as of Dec 2010:

Older Unrelated Male 12 yrs 2 mos

Two Older Related Males 9 yrs 11 mos

One a Little Younger Male 9 yrs 9 mos

Two youngest males (possibly sired by the Roller Coaster Males) 9 yrs 1 mo

(They are distinguished from the others by their immature manes sporting mohawk style look to them. Sometimes referred to Mr T and T2 on some reserves with Mr T being known as Satan due to his aggression towards other lions/lionesses/cubs and his willingness to initiate a fight. Correction: Thanks to Mala Mala and Rob Vamplew, apparently Kinky Tail and Mr T are the two youngest.)

Order of Dominance: It is said that the Oldest Mapogo is still the most dominant of the six with the next in line for dominance being the one with a snipped tail (his tail tuff looks like someone took scissors and cropped it).

Cubs Sired by the Mapogo Coalition: Prides that currently or previously have/had cubs sired by a Mapogo are the Tsalala pride, the Othawa pride and the Sand River pride. (UPDATE: Jan 2009 -The Sand River pride with their 5 male sub adult cubs feeling pressure from the Mapogo Coaliton escaped the safety of the reserve and the entire pride (2 Lionesses and 4 sub adults) were shot and killed. Only one sub adult male survived the shooting and his survival is uncertain due to his young age.

More than likely, there are other cubs by the Mapogo Coalition as well. There is speculation that the Mapogos sired the Styx Pride's cubs or at least some of them but if that is the case... don't anyone tell the old Roller Coaster male as he thinks all those cubs are his and readily accepts them. The Styx "girls" seem to spend a lot of time dodging the Mapogos and it has been reported on a number of occasions where the lionesses fought off the Mapogo Males while another lioness would lead the cubs to safety usually with the old Roller Coaster Male in tow.

Specifically, two Mapogos seem to be spending a lot of time chasing after the Styx pride on Mala Mala for the last six/eight months or so. They are described as Kinky Tail (broken tail) and MoHawk (one of the ones known as Mr T or T2 in other areas of Sabi Sands) and is said to have a broken nose. Reports of these conflicts to date indicate the Styx pride either on their own or with the old Roller Coaster male have been able to fend them off and protect the cubs. Usually the Mapogos have suffered severe beatings when attempts were made to get to the cubs.

Great Photo of "Kinky Tail" when he visited Elephant Plains on Feb. 24, 2008. Photo by Africam member OutofAfrica:



March 2009 Update: Of the current Styx Pride cubs, two oldest are known to be sired by the Roller Coaster Male, seven are either by the Roller Coaster male or various members of the Mapogos or a combination of both, the most recently born cubs this past month are said to be by the Mapogos. (Report from Ranger Andrew at Mala Mala)

A recent report (Mar 2009) by Elephant Plains stated that the Robson Pride (once thought to have all been entirely killed off by the Mapogos) have returned with 10 month old cubs and the older Mapogo is accompanying them at this time. Hope we find out more on this story soon.

 

May 2009 update on the Two Mapogos and the Styx Pride from Mala Mala indicate that Kinky Tail and one of the MoHawk boys are now spending a great deal of time with the two Styx lionesses thought to have two small cubs in or around Campbell Koppies. The rest of the Styx Pride with the older cubs have fled Mala Mala spending most of their time in and around Djuma and neighboring reserves.

The two cubs were thought to be one from each lioness as they are noticeably different in size. That theory was put in doubt this past week when the older Styx lioness was seen mating with both Mapogo Males for four consecutive days. She was seen a week or so ago with a severe puncture wound to her skull and badly limping. She was progressing in her recovery but is now sporting another new puncture wound and and again limping badly since the aggressive mating sessions. During some of the mating period, the younger lioness and the two small cubs were nearby.

Another strange occurrence was when Mala Mala rangers came across another Styx Lioness with two recently born cubs. Barely able to walk, it seemed the lioness was leading them to a new den site. They hoped the little ones would survive the journey.


May 17 2009 - Two Mapogo Males (Kinky Tail and Mr T) were viewed on Wildearth/Djuma early in the AM. One Styx Lioness was with them. Strangely, she laid out in the full sun with her head down with Mr T close by guarding her from escaping. Kinky Tail lay further off and it was apparent he had an injury to his front right foot/leg.

Tracks seen on one of the roadways, indicated there had been a fight between several males. The tracks of the Styx Pride and their cubs were there also. Later in the AM, radio reports indicated that two presumed members of the Mapogo Coalition were chasing the Manyeleti Male. He was chased all the way to the Northern border of Buffelshoek.

After going back to the sighting of the two Mapogos with the Styx Lioness, Mr T had moved off from the lioness to the shade near where his brother lay. The lioness remained in the full sun and looked as if she wanted to be anywhere but there. As Kinky Tail rested, Mr T kept a watchful eye on his prized possession. The Styx girls are known for their cunningness and this lioness proved it once again. She continued her submissive stance until the boys felt comfortable enough to let their guard down and OFF she went leaving the boys in the dust.

Late in May, Arathusa reported tracks at the airstrip showed a fight had occurred. The Styx and the Mapogos seem to have tangled. The Styx Pride became separated with some venturing back to the airstrip looking for lost members. Eventually, they reunited but missing were 3 cubs and one lioness had a severe wound to her shoulder.

Add to Arathusa's report these sightings at Mala Mala and Djuma and things are not looking good for the Styx Pride.   Have the Mapogos taken their toll on this pride?

Djuma - May 25, 2009: Sighting of one lioness identified as a Styx Lioness and one cub.

Mala Mala - On the 24th of May, two of the older cubs were seen all alone but appeared to be in good condition. They were calling for the rest of the pride or their siblings. The next day (25th), at the site where the 2 Styx girls have the young cubs, a lone older cub was found not far away. It was thought to be one of the older cubs seen the night before. One of the younger Adult lionesses appeared but was not welcomed by the two lionesses with the young cubs. The young adult lioness was said to be extremely emaciated and in poor condition. She kept her distance from the other 2 adults due to their aggressive behavior towards her and joined the single older cub. The following day (26th), the bulk of the pride was found, 3 adults and 6 cubs South of the Clarendon open area.

May 30th 2009 - The Styx Pride was observed on Djuma around Vuyatela. The count seemed to be of only four lionesses and six cubs.

June 14th - 17th 2009 - The Styx Pride was seen with only four lionesses and five cubs in attendance.   Two of the lionesses were limping.   Have the rest of the pride usually seen with this core group fallen victim to the Mapogo Coalition?   Missing are one adult lioness and four cubs.  


May 2009 - Status of the Eyrefield Pride of which the Mapogos were born into: This pride has sustained attacks by the Mapogo Coaliton recently. The first happened West of Mala Mala and missing after the attack were 2 adult lionesses, 1 of the 8 surviving sub adults, and the Tsalala young male known as Solo who has been adopted into the Eyrefield Pride in recent months. Apparently all survived the attack and eventually reunited. Then reports of another attack occurred again splitting the pride as they fled. One sub adult male was reported killed by Rangers in the West. The 3 adult lionesses, 5 sub adults, and the old Roller Coaster Male made it safely back into Mala Mala. Missing were two sub adults and Solo, the Tsalala young male. Eventually the 2 sub adults and Solo were found also back into Mala Mala but remained separated from the rest of the pride for several days.

May 7th 2009 sighting of the Eyrefield Pride by Mala Mala proved puzzling. Found were 6 sub adults, the Old Roller Coaster Male, and Solo the young Tsalala male. Missing were all 3 adult lionesses along with one female sub adult. Last seen, the 6 sub adults and the two males were mobile searching and calling for their lost members. Update: The pride was reunited the next day per Andrew at Mala Mala.


So what have the Mapogo Coalition been up to so far for the month of June 2009?

The oldest Mapogo has been staying with the Othawa Pride in the Western Sector of Sabi Sands. Ulusaba reported for the second half of June the Othawa Pride and the one Mapogo made a Giraffe kill. In attendance was the lone Sand River cub that was sired by the older Mapogo. Sadly, the youngster lost his fight for survival as his condition was just too poor. He was found laying dead next to the Giraffe kill.

Three of the Mapogo Males have been spending most of their time mating with the five Ximungwe lionesses.

Two of the younger Mapogo Males, Kinky Tail and Mr T, have been spreading their selves between spending time with two of the Styx Pride and their two young cubs. The rest of the time they seem to still be creating havoc for the lions in and around Mala Mala.

On the 10th of June, the two Mapogo males attacked three new young male lions. The new lions are said to be about four years old. The fight was intense and ended with the three new males vanishing.

It should also be noted that one young adult Styx lioness that was very emaciated and last seen with two of the four missing older Styx cubs seems to have vanished along with the cubs. Last reports were that Mala Mala rangers went to where the trio was seen last and they were no where to be found. Male lion tracks believed to be those of Kinky Tail and Mr. T were all around. The lioness and the cubs have not been seen for several weeks now and it is feared they did not survive.

June 23rd thru 29th 2009 - Two Mapogos (Kinky Tail and Mr T) were near Gowrie Main on a buffalo kill. On the morning of the 28th, the two Styx lionesses that have small cubs by the Mapogos joined them on the kill. The two cubs were in attendance.

During this same time period, Mala Mala reported an incident on the 26th of June where one of the Mapogo Males (thought to be one of the two on the buffalo kill) accompanied by the older Styx lioness that is usually with the two youngest cubs were chasing three of the other Styx Lionesses. The three lionesses ran South but eventually skirted around their pride sister and the Mapogo male and returned North. It was assumed that the bulk of the pride may have been attacked by the Mapogo Males and the three lionesses had fled leading them away from the other lioness that would have tried to get the cubs to safety. No sightings of the rest of the pride, so the outcome and well being of the other lioness and the five cubs is unknown at this time.


July 2009 Updates:

July 10, 2009 - Eyrefield Pride was reported by Mala Mala Twitter to be running for their lives from the two Mapogo males, Kinky Tail and Mr T.

July 12, 2009 - Kinky Tail and Mr T seen on the Wildearth.tv morning drive. They were heading out of the area. They may have come into Djuma due to the recent activity of 3 young males lions moving around the area or they may have been on the scent of the Styx Pride.

 

Updates thru Jan 1st 2010. Towards the end of Aug. the two males (Kinky Tail & Mr T) killed a hippo in Londolozi and the old lioness was severely injured either during a feeding frenzy or aggressive mating. Elephant Plains reports the back part of her spine was snapped during an apparent feeding frenzy. She eventually died from her injuries near Camp Dam. Her body was pulled into the dam and fed off of by crocs.

This left the younger Styx lioness with the two small cubs. Sadly, the two cubs did not make it with only the one lioness trying to care for them.

In September 2009, Mala Mala renamed the two Mapogo/Eyrefield Males (Kinky Tail and Mr T aka Mohawk) that have taken up territory there. They are now known as the Mlowathi Males.

On November 16, 2009 - Mala Mala reported the Mlowathi/Mapogo male known as Mohawk/Mr T seen running near Campbell Koppies in Mala Mala. He was chasing 3 Styx lionesses and two sub adult females (these two sub adults had been separated from the core pride for a couple of weeks and apparently had just reunited with some of the adults). The adult lionesses ceased running and left the two sub adults to their own fate. One got away but the other was not as fortunate and after a 45 minute run for her life the huge male was upon her. She lay submissively until the huge male stood over her and knowing her fate she tried to fight. One blow with his paw brought her down and the powerful clamp of his jaws broke her neck. The brave little female was no more.

The Tsalala Pride and their 8 cubs sired by the two Mlowathi/Mapogo males have been flourishing under the protection of these two males. Of course, the exceptional hunting skills and the commitment to protect their cubs by the 3 Tsalala females also plays heavily with how healthy these 8 cubs are.

During the month of December, the two Mlowathi/Mapogo males have been seen mating with some of the adult Eyrefield Pride lionesses. Though these males were born into this pride they have also decided they want to dominate it. With the recent death (Jan 1st 2010) of the Rollercoaster Male (dominant male of the Eyrefield Pride), one wonders what is in store for the 7 sub adults of the Eyrefield Pride and the young Tsalala male that accompanies them.

During these past few months the other four Mapogo males have been leading very productive lives in the Western Sector. Mating with the females of the Ximungwe Pride and the Othawa/Robson Pride. Four new cubs were presented on Christmas Day by one of the Othawa/Ottawa/Robson females. May they prosper under the protection of the Mapogo/Eyrefield Males the same as the 6 sub adults of this pride have.

 

Update July 9, 2010 - Throughout the first part of 2010, the 4 males in the Western sector have mostly been content taking care of their prides the Ximungwe and Ottawa. New cubs being born with some being lost to predators but most flourishing until just recently.

The two Mapogo/Mlowathi males, Kinky Tail and Mr T, went about their usual business of chasing, attacking, killing cubs of prides they did not control. They finally won over the adult lionesses of the Eyrefiel/Sparta pride and 3 cubs were born from that union. They continued their association with the Tsalala pride and the cubs sired by Kinky Tail and Mr T.

On June 8th, 2010 things changed dramatically for the lions in the area and under the protection of the Mapogo/Mlowathi males. Mr T and Kinky tail were again hot on the trail of a young new coalition of 5 males. The morning of June 8th, they caught up with two of them and mortally wounded one that died later that day. That night, Kinky Tail confronted the 4 remaining males near the Nkorho Lodge. A horrific fight took place that could be heard on the live cam at Nkorho. Kinky Tail was enventually killed and eaten by the young males and Mr T who arrived too late was wounded and chased far away.

The four young males, now named the Majingilane males, had a new confidence and set out to find and kill Mr T. Sometime during the night of June 28th or early am of the 29th, they tracked Mr T in Londolozi and found him with the Tsalala pride and their 8 youngsters. Another fight ensued leaving Mr T running to the West to rejoin his brothers and the Tsalala pride scattered in all directions. Two of the youngsters were later confirmed killed, one male and one female.

With Mr T in the safety of his coalition brothers, it seemed all was well for the time being but soon reports of cubs in the Ximungwe pride being killed and injured. Speculation was that Mr T/Satan was responsible. In his defense, it may have been a case of the youngsters getting caught up in a feeding frenzy but one will never know for sure.

July 5th - For the first time in many months, all 5 surviving Mapogo males appeared in Londolozi. Had Mr T summons them to come back East to take on the new young coalition? They were reported to be roaring in defiance of any other lions in the area. They made a sub adult buffalo kill and returned to the Western sector after finishing it off.

During the very early hours of July 9th, sounds of male lions possibly fighting were heard on the Elephant Plains live cam. The sounds were almost deafening and sounded much like the night at Nkorho when Kinky Tail was killed. No lions were seen and by the am the lions had moved off into Robson.

The Western sector had last seen the 5 Mapogo males moving towards the North Central Sabi Sand and then later in the morning of the 9th, only 3 reappeared, Mr T, Makulu the oldest and one other. The whereabouts of the other two is unknown at this time. As to which lions were heard at Elephant Plains and what may have transpired.... that too is unknown.

GRAPHIC Videos of Kinky Tail and Mr T attacking and mortally wounded one of the young males of the Majingilane Coalition on the morning of June 8th 2010.

Two male lions attack and kill another male lion - Video #1

Two male lions attack and kill another male lion - Video #2

Two male lions attack and kill another male lion - Video #3

Sounds of Lion War at Nkorho on June 8th when Kinky Tail was killed:

Death of a Mapogo - Kinky Tail - 06/08/10 -pt 1

Death of a Mapogo - Kinky Tail - 06/08/10 -pt 2

Death of a Mapogo - Kinky Tail - 06/08/10 -pt 3

Death of a Mapogo - Kinky Tail - 06/08/10 -pt 4

 

UPDATE after the Fight Sounds at Elephant Plains, July 9th 2010. Later into July, one of the missing Mapogo twin brothers reappeared in the Western Sector. He's is the one some know as T2 or Pretty Boy. He was recovering from severe injuries which seemed to include a bent spine. Sadly, his brother (aka Red, Leonides, Rasta/Dreadlocks) never reappeared and it can only be assumed he did not survive the fight.

Sounds of the lions at Elephant Plains July 8th, 2010. Fight?:

Lion Sounds at Elephant Plains - 07/09/10 - Pt 1

Lion Sounds at Elephant Plains - 07/09/10 - Pt 2

Lion Sounds at Elephant Plains - 07/09/10 - Pt 3

 

This next video was taken at Savanna Lodge, Sabi Sand, Oct 9th, 2010. The previously injured Mapogo (T2/Pretty Boy) with the bent spine seems to be very capable of holding his own when he fights Mr T/Satan over a female.

Mapogo Fighting

Update December 29, 2010 - Reports coming in from Leopard Hills and other reserves in the Western Sector indicate the Mapogo Coalition is missing another member.   Dreadlocks/Snip Tail has not been seen for a few weeks according to Leopard Hills Blog of December 24th ( http://www.leopardhills.com/blog/index.php?itemid=419 ).    December 12th, 3 Mapogo males were near the Idube Lodge with the 4th male thought to be off with the females.    Due to the lack of sightings of the 4th member, some are speculating his demise.   On the last sighting of Dreadlocks, it was reported he was North of the Sand River near the Ottawa boundary... is it possible he is just stranded due to the Sand River being in flood stage?    Let's hope that is the case and Dreadlocks will reunite with his brothers soon.

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More Videos


Christmas day 2009 - The Ottawa pride bring their 4 new cubs out for the first time! http://www.idube.com:

New Lion Cubs



More videos from Idube showing tidbits of the lives of the four Mapogo/Eyrefield males lives in the Western Sector.

Three of the Mapogo working their way through a wildebeest kill that they may, or may not, have killed themselves. The Ottawa pride were in attendance but were not feeding. http://www.idube.com

3 Big Male Lions Eating - Gnu Kill

 

The Makulu Mapogo roars as the sun sets in the African bush. http://www.idube.com

ROAR! - Wild Male lion - Brilliant, Powerful, - Best Angle - Perfect Sound


As you can see, the Mapogo Coalition is not the first nor will it be the last large coalition. Being the first large coalition the WE viewers have encountered, it is hard to comprehend that the current lion population can survive with all these killings but they will. The survivors of this onslaught will be the “new” beginning, the “next” generation just as the survivors of past large coalitions were. We don‘t like it and we don‘t have to like it but sadly it is the nature of things. 

How have they impacted the lion population in just the couple of years they have been independent? Here are a few reports:

Londolozi reported previously that five prides that have been adversely affected by the Mapogos. They cited these three. Castleton Pride originally 22 and down to 6. Tsalala Pride originally 10 and down to 5. Ximunvanyane Pride originally 10 down to ZERO. We can say confidently, the number of prides adversely affected has risen since the Londolozi report.

Elephant Plains reported early 2008 of receiving a report from Sabi Sands stating almost 40% of the lion population has been killed by the Mapogo Coalition in just the past year. That relates to approximately 50 lions.

Quote from Elephant Plains referencing the Mapogos “Killing buffalo, adult giraffes, even young rhinos and hippos. And lions. And they were not just killing the lions….they were eating them...”

More on their cannibalistic ways. On February 7th 2007, the Mapogos not only brutally killed “Rocky” aka the Serengeti/Kruger male but they ate him. “Rocky” was the dominant male that sired the 6 cubs of the two younger Tsalala pride lionesses. All those cubs have been killed except for one sub adult female that has either been killed since or has joined another pride, the Ximungwe pride. Currently the Tsalala pride falls under the dominance of the Mapogos. In the same report where Singita tells of “Rocky’s” death, they mention the Mapogos being seen eating a dead lioness the previous year.

Hyenas better watch out too! We haven’t seen any reports of them eating Hyenas but they do kill them as shown in this sighting from Exeter.

http://www.wildwatch.com/sightings/predator-vs-predator

One of Elephant Plains 2008 Newsletters had a graphic photo of a Mapogo Male with a Hyena in it’s mouth. Though the Hyena was not killed on the spot, it died from the injuries sustained.

Knowing how much we all love the Nkuhuma pride, we will only post the link to the killing of Blondie by the Mapogo Males. Reported by Arathusa, Dec 14, 2007. (Note: This is a PDF file)

http://www.arathusa.co.za/pdf/diaries/Dec0701.pdf

The Mapogo Males not only kill other males’ cubs but cubs of their own. Ulusaba reported in June 2007 that a split in the coalition had occurred (though this split seems to have only been temporary as today they are seen all together at times but more frequently seen in groups of four and two). During this report period the 5 related Mapogos killed the oldest unrelated Mapogo’s cubs belonging to the Othawa lionesses.

The Mapogos seem to have banded back together as a coalition after the short term split in 2007, Ulusaba reported in March 2008 that the coalition had joined the Sand River pride on one of their occasional visits to see their offspring. They all shared in two wildebeest kills including the FIVE male cubs (was this the beginning of another large coalition before it ended with the tragic shooting of the Sand River pride?). One of the cubs thought it would be fun to slap his sleeping Father on the nose. Boy of boy did he find out that was a mistake. His Father exploded to his feet bearing down on the defenseless cub! Luckily, all the little one got was a good swat to his backside. LOL After some Motherly reassurance, the cub decided his siblings were a better target for that type of play.

Items that may be of Interest: To give you an idea of their strength, here is an awesome video posted by Youtube member mattwood22. Taking down a Buffalo Bull - January 2006. The dark maned one is the “oldest” Mapogo and there is one lioness with them also on this kill. Warning: Graphic!

Eyrefield Males Taking Down a Buffalo Bull Jan 2006

It is only fair to show a softer side of the Mapogos. This article from Exeter/Wildwatch is about a sighting of one of the Mapogo Males (probably the oldest) interacting with his cubs. It includes some great pictures.

http://www.wildwatch.com/sightings/ottawa-pride-cubs-found

Four of the Six Mapogos made another recent visit to Djuma the end of Jan 2009. They had a roaring good time!

January 2009 video by banditt066 shows the second most dominant male with the snipped tail walking over to the roaring male laying down with the MoHawk Styled Mane (believed to be either Mr T or T2).

Mapogos at Djuma Jan 2009 - 1

In this one by Banditt you will see the “Boss” the oldest Mapogo with the broken right canine roaring. Watch for him when the cam scans to the left and onto the solitary male roaring.

Mapogos at Djuma Jan 2009 - 2

We hope this information has been helpful and may shed a new light on these bad boys. Are they BAD? Yes! Are they any worse than other large coalitions? Probably not, with the possible exception of their cannibalistic ways…. they tend to take that to an Extreme!

A few more videos of these magnificent lions:

Here is a great sighting from the Africam cam located at Nkorho Lodge.

Mapogo Male at Nkorho May 5, 2008 - 1

Mapogo Male at Nkorho May 5, 2008 - 2

More proof of the softer side of a Mapogo.  These clips are from Idube Rob the Ranger.  They show the oldest, Makulu Mapogo, interacting with one of his prides (Othawa/Robsons) and his young.

Lion Pride Interaction

Young Lions Annoys Old Male

... and if you don't already love this old Mapogo boy, just listen to his proud roar:

Majestic Wild African Lion Roar - Amazing!

This is definitely one of the funniest videos of two Mapogo Males. It's real stress reliever. Smiling Kinky Tail and Mr T losing their footing while trying to cross the Sand River. Check out the look on Mr T's face once he makes it across! Video by RangerTimBrown

Lions Crossing the Sand River in Flood - Kruger Park

We’ll conclude with this awesome video from Africam filmed at Elephant Plains :

Lion Kill: Mapogo Pride Kills a Giraffe

Please remember, this information is not set in stone as it is an evolving story and there are conflicting accounts.

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Mr T, Elephant Plains- 18

Mr T, Elephant Plains

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Kinky Tail and Tsalala female

Elephant Plains - 18 May 2008

 

Kinky Tail, Elephant Plains - 18 May 2008

 

 

 

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