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RIP To Legendary Lion “Hang Tooth”

He was perhaps the most iconic, and certainly most recognisable lion in South Africa in recent years. Some called him ‘Hang Tooth’ in reference to his lower right canine that hung down from the side of his mouth. His tooth was fully displaced after being kicked by a giraffe, which was amazingly witnessed by Lion …
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Losses and Gains for the Southern Lion Pride

It’s been a while since we’ve posted an update on the Southern Lion Pride. After sustaining a detrimental loss to their numbers last year (see story here), the fate of this pride was completely up in the air. The long-standing matriarch of the Southern Pride, known to us as ‘Floppy Ear’ was last seen at …
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Tsalala Lions Spoil Guests

We recently saw an old female giraffe hanging around near Tinga Lodge. She was very thin and limping on her left front leg. We weren’t sure if this was caused by an injury, or if it was just from old age. The afternoon before she died, we found the tracks of the three Tsalala lions coming from …
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Update on the Sand River Pride

Update on the Sand River Pride

The Sand River pride is the largest group of lions we currently see at Lion Sands – and a personal favourite of many. They are beautiful lions in great condition, and with several cubs, they are always a magnificent sight. The Sand River pride made their first appearance here about three years ago. At the …
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Avoca, Eyrefield, and Mangheni Lions

All Together: The Avoca, Eyrefield, and Mangheni Lions

If you’ve been on safari, you’ll likely have heard your guide say something along the lines of: “Animals don’t read books,” as they try to explain some out of the ordinary behaviour. A recent lion sighting on the Sand River was one such instance where this was the only thing to be said about what …
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The Charleston Males Make a Return

The Charleston Males Make a Return (and Quite a Stir!)

From early in the morning of 11 July, we could hear the roaring of lions. It’s an exciting sound, not only because it helps us to locate them but also, because we don’t have an established coalition here, it’s not something we hear all that often. Setting out on safari, updates started pouring in over …
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Turbulent Times for the Southern Pride

Lion Update: Turbulent Times for the Southern Pride

The Southern Pride – our beloved lion pride, with which we have been lucky enough to share the same environment since our beginning as Lion Sands River Lodge in 2001. It is a long-lived pride, with stories of loss and triumph we can only imagine. But what we do know with certainty is that its lions …
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Zebra kill draws wild crowd

CHANCE ENCOUNTERS: ZEBRA KILL DRAWS A WILD CROWD

Zebra kill draws wild crowd I am constantly reminded of how quickly scenes can change while on safari. One minute you’re roving along, without much action, and your mind’s just begun to wander, when around the bend a leopard appears or a pack of wild dogs dashes across the path in front of you. These …
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