The Birmingham Boys are the dominant Lion coalition that WE encounter in the Northern Sabi Sand reserve. The young males strode into frame in late 2014, overthrowing the Matimba Male lion coalition and taking control of the Nkuhuma ,Torchwood and Styx prides.
Fast forward to present time and these kings of cubs have certainly made their mark. They have not only sired new litters but have maintained their territorial hold.
The Birmingham Boys have become such integral characters on safariLIVE and have weaved themselves so thoroughly into the show that it has been decided to knight them and finally give them names.
WE name the animals so that we can tell each of their stories. WE can follow them through their trials and triumphs and gain insight into their lives and share this all with all of you.
The naming of our most-loved characters will always try to follow this approach:
Firstly the animal that is to be named, needs to be a character that is often seen. Because the whole reason for why we need to name them is so that we can tell their life stories.
The characteristics of the animal will be taken into consideration when naming. We look for names that are descriptive and directly relevant to the individual e.g. “short tail”.
Traditionally leopards have been given descriptive Xitsonga names. E.g. Karula meaning “peace”. WE will aim to maintain this tradition for leopards as well as lions, but as you know there are already exceptions