With another interaction occurring yesterday between the Sparta male lions (Solo and Eyrefield males) and the Kruger male lion, speculation is brewing.
The struggle for power over this much sought after piece of Africa, which also forms the center of the powerful Southern Pride’s territory. This battle between the three males has been a long lasting one with the Sparta males first showing real intent in taking over the territory more than six months ago.
Much credit has to be given to the Kruger male who is sometimes seen as the underdog. But with immense pressure on him has managed to hang onto his kingdom.
Over this six to seven month period there have been several interactions between these lions, but have never led to any serious injuries for any of the males. Almost all of these interactions between the lions have been stand offs between the Kruger male and Solo, with the Eyrefield male either watching from a distance or being chased off by the long standing Kruger male.
With these interactions going on, there have been many predictions of what the outcome would be, and which males would be the eventual victors. But let us throw a spanner in the works. What about a new coalition forming in the south, the Kruger male joining alliance with the Sparta males?
The interactions have been leading us to think that the scraps constantly ongoing between these males could be an attempt to establish a dominance hierarchy between the three lions. Should this happen, it would benefit all involved. With the Sparta males finally becoming true territorial males, furthermore this increase in strength would surely increase the longevity of the Kruger male who is starting to age.
This joint force will also make them more formidable in the defense of this southern territory as the pressure on what could be a new coalition is growing with the likes of the young Sandriver males, as well as the fierce Majingilane males also showing an interest in the area.
Exciting times ahead as we all watch on in anticipation of what the outcome will be in this struggle for power.