Many thanks to all who entered the T-shirt Design Contest. The shirts will be given to those Margrit and Russ catch doing good for wildlife during the upcoming work for Nikela in Africa.
Why the Contest? What did Debbie win? Finalists?
The t-shirts will be given to those Margrit and Russ catch doing good things for African wildlife during their upcoming work in Africa.
Debbie is the lucky winner of Andrew Cairncross’ amazing canvas print of two adorable lion cubs with a story.
A bit about Debbie. She is on the production team for a television station, is a freelance writer and designer with her own greeting card company called DebZitUp. We love you Deb!
A Couple of Very Special Cubs
These cubs are part of a litter with an important gift… new blood (genes.) The Western section of Sabi Sands (in the north eastern part of South Africa) was ruled by arguably the most infamous coalition of nine male Lions. Known as the Mapogo coalition they killed over 100 Lions in their brutal, but fantastic eight year reign. Their demise came at the hands (or would that be paws) of the Selati males who on one particular day managed to kill a Mapogo. This victory solidified their bond and the Selati males pressed forward into the Mapogo’s territory with new courage. After weeks of battles and vocal challenges, the last two remaining Mapogos left the area defeated.
These two photographed Cubs are the first offspring from the Selati males. Born into the Ximhungwe pride of females who had enjoyed the protection of the Mapogo coalition for a while until internal conflicts among the Mapogo males raised havoc. Cub infanticide sky rocketed and only a handful of cubs reached adulthood during the 8 year Mapogo reign.
Now it seems things are changing for the better. With new genes and a seemingly stable relationship between the Selati males, these little cubs are a symbol of hope for the survival of a diverse and stable Lion population in this part of Africa.