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James Tyrrell

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James had hardly touched a camera when he came to Londolozi, but his writing skills that complemented his Honours degree in Zoology meant that he was quickly snapped up by the Londolozi blog team. An environment rich in photographers helped him develop the ...

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on Introducing: The Ndzanzeni Cubs

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Frances Fearnhead
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Ah, fingers firmly crossed for them, from far across the Equator!

Frances Fearnhead
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A quick question … as the Ndzanzeni female lost her first litter, is she going to be any more aware of the dangers this time or is it just the luck of the draw? Thanks.

Amy Attenborough
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Hi Frances. It’s hard to say because there are so many factors that come into play. Strangely enough the statistics show that young leopard mothers actually tend to have a better survival rate of cubs than older females. We assume this is because they put more effort into the process. Having said that, experience may also help this leopard with her new litter. A lot of the time though, the deaths of cubs are from unavoidable situations and not necessarily because she has done anything wrong. Hope this helps.. Thanks, Amy

Laura Eberly
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Such magnificent animals! Thank you for sharing this.

Christine
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I am so thrilled to see this! My husband and I spent a wonderful afternoon with her when she was a few months old. How delightful to see her with her own babies.

Judy Guffey
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No surprise to me that it was Freddy ( and Talley) who found the cubs …..unbeatable team.

Wendy Hawkins
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Thanks James, lets hope they grow up big & strong 🙂

Suzanne Gibson
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Thank you so much for this – I also feel I have come full circle. The 1st time we came to Londolozi, in Feb 2010, we saw the Dudley Riverbank female with her male 3:3 cub. I next saw her in April 2012, with her 1 month old cub, a very special treat. Then last month I felt incredibly privileged to see that young cub at 4 1/2 years old, nursing her own 2 cubs. Do you know the sex of the cubs yet? – would be wonderful if at least 1 is female and can continue the royal line all the way back from the original mother leopard.

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