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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 Incredible Footage: Leopard Uses a Tool

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Marinda Drake
Master Tracker

Amazing! Unbelievable what the animals think and do. Never heard of a leopard doing something like this.

Joanne Wadsworth
Senior Digital Ranger

What an astonishing first-time behavior to watch much wise be able to clearly record! Stunning proof of what you witnessed. I can’t imagine how shocked and excited you and the tracker must have been when you realized what you were actually watching. Truly a once in a lifetime experience. It will be interesting to see if anyone else has witnessed this behavior in other big cats. Let us know! By the way, congratulations!

Laura Eberly
Digital Ranger

Wow! Quite remarkable, Thank you!

Callum Evans
Guest contributor

That really is incredible behaviour!! Never heard anything like that being rccorded before in big cats (or large predators for that matter). It certainly fits the profile for basic tool use in my mind, and I would very interested to see of other people think so too, not to mention the scientific community.

Mary Beth Wheeler
Digital Tracker

Wow! A Jane Goodall moment?! It’ll be fascinating to see if anyone responds with a similar tale. I wonder what he was thinking….

Phil Schultz

Well there’s something you don’t see every day. A few weeks back the blog had a post suspecting a mother leopard was stashing some young cubs somewhere. Curious if the cubs have since been located.

Crystal Safari
Digital Ranger

Wow, that’s just amazing. Must have been awesome to see in person. I always thought leopards were smarter than given credit for, but this blows me away.

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