It’s been a while since I have been back on the Thorny Bush reserve, so I was very keen to see how things were between their two lion prides. As you may remember the two male lions from the Southern pride and the single male from the Northern pride were at war, with each wishing to become the dominant lion on the reserve.
So to recap.
The collation of two males from the Southern pride (pictured) could really be described as one dominant male (4 years old) and a second follower. The follower has a long-term injury to his hind leg, so being weaker, he just follows and backs up the dominant male. Who as can be seen from the picture was seen on a night drive em er .....‘dominating'.
The big male from the Northern pride (around 11 years old) is literally the daddy of all the cubs on the reserve, but his son from the southern pride wants his job.
And so the scene is set. Very soon there will be a showdown. In fact it’s a fight that the younger males from the Southern pride are looking for. It will literally be a case of winner takes all.
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Written by Will Fox