Male lion crosses river

MalaMala Game Reserve-Male-lion

"Kinky Tail" by Brett Ervine

It’s a happy time for us locals, as we’re about to embark on a spate of public holidays. Starting with the Easter weekend, which (religion aside) is a wonderful time to catch up with family and friends. The break comes at the perfect time too. We’re well into the fourth month of the not so new year, and with the December hols barely a distant memory, the long weekend is the perfect opportunity to unwind and recharge.

We ran a poll on Facebook to find out what you wanted to see today. Of the three options: lions, leopards and hyenas, the lions won with 12 votes, the leopards came second with 8, and the hyenas last with a paltry 2 votes. We’ll be putting Video Thursday up to vote every week (unless we find something outstanding that we feel just has to be posted), so if you haven’t already, like us on Facebook so you can be in on the action!

Andrew Batchelor shot this clip of one of the Mapogo males crossing a river (and you know what cats think about water) to get to his brothers, who were waiting on the other side. The lengths we’ll go to for family! The end is particularly endearing, as it shows a softer side to these kings of MalaMala.

Happy almost weekend folks, enjoy!

7 thoughts on “Male lion crosses river

  1. Hi friends:
    four lions are seen in this video. You know that from last december the mapogo lion known as Dreadlocks is disapeared. Please, could you clarify which date this video has been recorded?. Thank you. Juanjo

  2. Hi Juanjo. The ranger who shot the footage is on leave for two weeks, but I’ll see if someone else knows 😉

  3. I have been checking your answer every hour since yesterday.
    I really want to know if Dreadlocks still alive.

  4. Thank you for your reply.
    If you cannot tell the date yet, would you be able to tell if the Rasta/Leonidus is in the video?
    Regards, Kyaw

  5. Hey Kyaw. The footage was shot towards the end of 2008. The males in question were part of the Eyrefield/Mapogo coalition. In the video there were four males who crossed the river. There are only three left now, which means at least two of the ones in the video are dead, because the eldest one wasn’t in the clip and he is still alive. Hope this helps! 😉

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