Since the fences were removed completely between Thornybush and Timbavati, we have had different prides of lions coming in and out of Thornybush. A few males have tried to take over control but our dominant male lion Black Dam has successfully retained his territory, despite being on his own. One male lion did quickly take over the southern pride on Thornybush and, after killing one lioness and one litter of cubs, he seemed to settle down. But even he has since been pushed way down south by Black Dam. What was expected by many to be a quick takeover has not happened and Black Dam has been patrolling and checking up on his territory a lot more, helping him to keep his territory longer.