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Piva 3:2 Male

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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 were well developed, and he was quickly snapped up by the Londolozi blog team as a result. An environment rich in photographers helped him develop the photographic skills ...

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on Farewell to the Piva Male

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Judy Merrick
Explorer

Seeing the Piva male in Feb 2017 was an awesome sight. It took some searching but finally we spotted him on the ground in some thick bush. Just a few yards away we spied 2 kills up in a tree. Then to our amazement we saw a 3rd kill in the next tree over. He had been a busy boy that morning. He was obviously a prince of leopards and will be sorely missed by so many.

Rick Lusk
Explorer

Piva was my favourite! RIP

Andrew Milne
Explorer

Hi James, and all that wrote in this article,

You have all written beautifully about an amazing animal and I am so sorry to all of you for this terribly sad loss!
I have only had exposure to the Piva male through the blogs, but he is one of my favourite leopards of Londolozi.
He was exactly how a leopard should look if you were describing the animal to someone who had never seen one, an amazing good looking and powerful cat.
I will be so sad to not read about him or see him in the WIP, but like you say, at least there is closure on how his story ended.
RIP Piva, may your memory live on.

Dawn Phillips
Explorer

I am so saddened by this news. I am sitting reading this blog and my eyes are bristling with tears. I never had the fortune to see this wonderful leopard but feel that I know him in a small way through your stories
. I was so looking forward to seeing this beauty in September when I arrive. Nature has it’s own mind, however some things touch you in ways that are tough to swallow. Hugs to you all – I know that you are hurting with this loss.

Darlene Knott
Senior Digital Ranger

I have seen this beautiful specimen in person. We watched him mate several times. It is hard to imagine that he no longer walks this earth. Gone in his prime, so sad. Nature works in mysterious ways. We see the same with humans. He will live on in our memories as the most beautiful male leopard we have ever seen.

Karen Saunders
Explorer

That is devastating news. He was such a beautiful animal. I saw him at the end of January lying in a drainage channel in the early morning light and we watched him for some time. He was so big and healthy and I thought he would be part of the Londolozi family for several year. Following the death of one of the other leopards I saw on that trip, the Xidulu female, perhaps only the Flat Rock male and Xidulu female cub survice of the 5 I saw. It will be an opportunity for another leopard to move into a prime territory but a sad loss nevertheless.

Al Kaiser
Senior Digital Ranger

Thanks James. I great tribute!

Lucie Easley
Senior Digital Ranger

How can you not come to love and be in awe of such an incredibly beautiful animal. These remarks are such wonderful tributes to the Piva Male. They are also a recognition of the gratitude and wonder of being allowed into the world of the animals, who never know what their lives mean to us, mere humans. My thoughts are with all who grieve the loss and for whom the memories of Piva Male will live on.

Gillian Lacey
Explorer

This is sad news indeed. We saw the Piva male briefly only once on our visit in 2016 but he left a lasting impression. I remember we spotted him or rather Gerry spotted him in a thicket resting. He was very relaxed despite the noise of Land Rovers manoeuvring around him. Even partially obscured we could tell he was a magnificent animal. I caught my breath when I first saw him up close; and as we sat barely a few feet away, still hardly daring to breathe, I pinched myself that I was actually at Londolozi seeing this very special animal. How very lucky we have been.

Jazz Doc
Explorer

Wonderful eulogy and images. This hurts. RIP Piva male.

Marc Grawunder
Explorer

Very sad news. Such a majestic and beautiful animal he was. Goodbye,Piva Male.

Robin Stebbins
Explorer

Such a strong story, the disbelief that a Piva male in his prime could succumb to the wilds. In my life it seems I need things to make at least some sort of sense. This points the compass to the way other workings outside my tiny bubble of life can make little or no sense Nor do they need to, they just are, neither good or bad, or some puzzle to crack, it just is. Thank for this beautiful piece, you have changed my morning and my outlook. Allowing life to be as it is…

Jill Larone
Explorer

James, what a lovely tribute to the legendary Piva. Such a sad, devastating loss and in such a horrible way. It’s so heartbreaking.

What a sad occasion but a beautiful tribute to a magnificent male, Piva. Thank you.

Mike Ryan
Explorer

One of our favourite male Leopards. Shows how harsh the bush is and a split second decision determines you fate. Farewell and it was a privilege to have seen him at his prime.

Yves Christen
Explorer

Extremely sad news. Not only because Piva was a beautifull cat but also because he was the last representative (with Ndzanzeni female, by the way the only member of this leopard family I never met…) of the initial Mother/Tugwaan/3-4 female lineage… Certainly a very important moment for Londolozi history.

Marilyn Bery
Explorer

This breaks my heart. So sad to read of his passing .

Cynthia House
Explorer

Halfway around the world a long way from Africa I was brought to tears at this sad news. I too have watched and learnt about the Piva male through your wonderful blogs from Londolozi that I so look forward to every day. Deeply saddened to hear of his violent death I also understand it is the way of nature but what a magnificent male he was. Thank you for bringing me so close to the amazing wildlife you share with others around the world.

Susan Strauss
Digital Ranger

I am so grateful I got to see the Piva male for the first time on my most recent visit last month. He was magnificent, stunning and grand. Thank you for sharing your memories of him with us. And I agree with Kevin…getting attached is natural .

Scott Sebastian
Explorer

A big beautiful leopard gone way to soon.Only got to know the Piva male leopard from the blog and the pics
but he was a favorite .With the Piva male gone I was wondering about the Anderson male leopard.Have not seen any mention of him in a while,is he still around.The Avoca male lions seem to be making there name around there.
Was there ever a blog story done on them telling there history and where they came from.
Another great blog and pics James but sad to read.

Anthony Goldman
Guest contributor

Devastated by the news of Piva`s death -he was such a special big boy for us!

Sean De
Explorer

Wow James! What a beautifully and sensitively written piece about the beloved Piva male. One of my most memorable encounters with this male was spending an entire game drive enjoying him keep vigil over a bushbuck and cane rat he had stashed high up in some riverine vegetation. Simon was so patient with us as we sat and breathed in his magnificence. Piva was of particular interest to me as he is related to one of my all time favorite leopards, the Piva Female (Nottens). I stand with all of you in disbelief and acknowledge the light he brought into our lives. May his legacy live on and his cubs stay safe.

James Tyrrell
Photographic Guide/Media Team

Thanks for the comments Sean.
Glad to hear the Piva female was one of your favourites.
There is possible confusion though between the leopard WE refer to as Nottens (who was the Piva female’s mother), and the one that Sabi Sabi refer to as Nottens (think they spelt it with an ‘i’), who was the Piva female herself.
Best regards

Mary Beth Wheeler
Digital Tracker

What a moving tribute to Piva, James. I feel so badly about his too-soon death. But I also feel so much gratitude for the hours Bob and I have spent with him. I will miss him…and I now worry about his cubs as a new dominant male moves in.

James Tyrrell
Photographic Guide/Media Team

Thanks Mary Beth,
There is still hope as far as the cubs are concerned – blog coming out on this subject next week…

Rich Laburn
Head of Digital

A fitting tribute to a magnificent male leopard. Thank you for posting everyone’s comments and images of this incredible male leopard.

Bridie Tane
Guest contributor

This is such sad news, we had the privilege of spending time with this magnificent leopard when we were with you in March, he will be greatly missed

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