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The Sand River Pride

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Joined: Mar 14 2006
The Sand River Pride

Aquila posted this news in the Lions Database.....


Sad news.... The oldest Mapogo's 5 sub adult male cubs are dead. The Sand River pride consisting of 2 lionesses and their 5 sub adult male cubs were shot and killed after breaking out of the reserve.



Iceage (not verified)
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I was not able to sent any comments a week ( didnt work from my work account)

Sadly the death of the last Sandriver has been confirmed now.

( has a picture also )

I was hoping and hoping and wishing and wishing, he would be accepted by the Ottawa pride ( which seemed to work)  under the protection of one of the older Mapogo's.

This Lion deserved to live a long and happy life after what humans did to his pride. He seemed to do well a long time taking care of himself. ( he was about 1,5 years old) It really makes me very sad  to have heard he didnt survive.

As Duncan wrote in his blog.

We salute this brave young lion.

there is a comment on this blog from Drew who said->

I am sure that he is in that big animal Kingdom in the sky & has joined up with the rest of his Pride who have welcomed him home!

This comment made me very silent.






Iceage (not verified)
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Sad news indeed, ( but i have a sparkle off hope) It still seems that it is not confirmed 100% .

although all the sighns look as if it is sadly true it is still not confirmed yet.

so lets keep our fingers crossed.


donnabac's picture
Joined: Dec 24 2007

Sad indeed, but thank you for letting us know Aquila. I was thinking of him this week.

Penny2's picture
Joined: Jul 22 2008

This is very sad news. Thank you for letting us know.

Aquila (not verified)
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The young Sand River Male has lost his fight to survive.  Sad

Posted by Ulusaba:   "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."

A very sad ending for such a brave youngster.



katip's picture
Joined: Dec 2 2008

It´s always a relief to hear good news of Sandriver male! Like a fairy tale, thouhg there is question of totally else. Iceage, I told you, that the yougster has some excellent character traits!  Smile  Smile

Dawning's picture
Joined: Mar 31 2008

What a great story.  I am pulling for the "survivor."


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MaddieJ4J's picture
Joined: Jul 14 2008

Thank you for the great stories and updates on lions, and our Sand River male in particular. 


Live simply. Love seriously. Care deeply. Speak kindly. Leave the rest to God .

Iceage (not verified)
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Latest news.

From LeopardHills .

Just a quick update from our side, the Sand River Young Male was seen again on drive this morning, looking thin, but definitely holding his own at this stage, we will try and get some more pictures for for you shortly to up load on the blog.


20/04/09 15:26

Ursula's picture
Joined: Feb 18 2006

Good news indeed! Thank you all for the appreciated info!

Hello Iceage! Great to have you here again!


Nkosi sikelel' iAfrica (National Hymn of SA)

God bless Africa!

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