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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 Who is the Hosana Male Leopard?

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Marinda Drake
Master Tracker

It is great news to have a new male leopard in the area. If he move south of the Sandriver will he encounter a resident male and which one will it be?

Sunay Nezir
Explorer

Hello James,

Nice post, as a safarilive fan I am very happy to hear from Hosana and Thamba even they left their natal area. Just for your information; Hosana is born in 2nd of February 2016, most likely fatherd by Tingana male leopard, a relatively old leopard dominant in Djuma area. And Thamba also a son to Tingana born in July 2016.

Thanks.

Michael & Terri Klauber
Digital Tracker

James, This could make things very interesting! Are two males likely to confront each other, or will one just move away when they realize two of them are in the same area?

James Tyrrell
Photographic Guide/Media Team

Hi Michael and Terri,
If you are talking about the Hosana and Anderson males, almost certainly the Anderson male would prevail, as he’s literally twice the size of the younger male. If you mean the young males, it could go either way as they are both similar ages (about 4 months difference)…
Hope you’re both well!
James

Mj Bradley
Explorer

Thamba was born to Thandi Female August 2016 Father thought to be Tingana Male. Hosana was born to Karula F 2 Feb 2016 father thought to be Tingana.. Hosana use to follow Tingana around and just hang out with him. ting would growl but allow him to hang out. We think he moved out of the area after a male now known as Hukumuri put pressure on him. Hosana would also try to hang out with Thandi and Thamba, but Thandi was not accommodating. I wonder if his hanging with others was due to the loss of his mother when he was 13 months and then his sister Xongile disappeared at almost 18 months. These leopards sure do give us some wonderful behaviors to think about. Thank you for this update

Mary Beth Wheeler
Guest contributor

Looking forward to seeing him! He’s still rather young, isn’t he? Are his mother & sister still living?

Lisa Hilger
Explorer

Sadly no…Karula and Xongile went missing last year, and are presumed dead. Thamba’s mother, Thandi, has a new cub (Tlalamba) and is a dominant female in the northern Sabi Sands. If you read the comments on this post, you’ll see these leopards are practically celebrities on SafariLive. So fun to see them move through Londolozi where we get updates on them. Hoping they stay safe and choose to take up territory somewhere close by.

Len
Explorer

Mary Beth, his mom Karula disappeared early when Hosana was just a little over a year old and it would be safe to say she is deceased. His sister and litter mate was Xongile and last August she was confronted by Thamba’s mom Thandi and they had a scrap in which Xongile faired rather well but that night was the last that Xongile was ever seen. Presumed deceased but there was never a definite verdict on that.

Sharon Knobbe
Explorer

Hosana is my favorite leopard. I’ve seen him since his mother first brought Hosana and his sister Xongile out of their birthing den. He is quite the character. A gentle soul. Born in February 2016 With his mother and sister gone, he took care of himself since he was a year old. Please watch out for him and update us when you can. Thank you for letting us know Hosana is doing so well. ❤️

Suzanne Myers
Explorer

Sharon, I agree with you!!!I am so excited HOSANA is ok!!! He is beautiful and also a HOOT!!!! I think he is going to be ok! He has shown us he is a SURVIVOR!!!!!

Lisa Hilger
Explorer

Love that Hosana and Thamba are doing well. Hoping they both find territory of their own over time in Londolozi so we can keep tabs on these much loved SafariLive characters. 🙂

James Tyrrell
Photographic Guide/Media Team

Hi Lisa,
We hope they settle here too!
James

Denise Vouri
Digital Tracker

That’s exciting news. It will be interesting to see how the other established males will deal with this youngster over the next several months. At what age will he be ready to mate and who would be a likely female? Or perhaps he will wander off into one of the neighboring concessions where he can carve out his own territory.

James Tyrrell
Photographic Guide/Media Team

Hi Denise, He should be thinking of mating in a year or so, although younger matings have bene recorded. More often than not though, the territorial females will recognize his youth and therefore smaller chance of retaining territory, which will make them more reluctant to mate with him.
Best
James

Donna McGill
Explorer

May I ask if Hosana was scent marking?

James Tyrrell
Photographic Guide/Media Team

Hi Donna,
He hasn’t been seen scent-marking as far as I’m aware, which may be part of the reason he has remained undetected for so long, or even tolerated.
He’s probably too young too exhibit territorial behaviour for awhile, but anything could happen…

Donna McGill
Explorer

thank you for your response, only time will tell, this young leopard has a special place in many hearts

Gemma Kemps
Digital Ranger

Hi James
I have seen Hosana grow up on SafariLive. He is by far my favorite leopard. I am glad to hear that his hunting skills are getting more honed. I believe he is 2yrs old and is trying to find his footing in the leopard world. When he comes into his prime he will be a force to be reckon with. How awesome to have him in the Londolozi territory. Enjoy him and keep us all updated. He is one entertaining leopard.

James Tyrrell
Photographic Guide/Media Team

HI Gemma,
We hope he sticks around too as most of the sightings we’ve had of him have been great value.
Best,
James

Hosana is quite the character. He seems to seek company. So much so we thought he was trying to start the first leopard coalition. I am so happy he chose a spot where there is constant reporting and we will be able to keep up with his wellness. Thank you for helping his fans stay informed.

James Tyrrell
Photographic Guide/Media Team

Hi Earline,
You’re welcome. We’ll keep sending updates on him as they come…
Best,
James

Victoria Auchincloss
Digital Ranger

There is so much wonderful news making my day a happy one!! I loved the “first” safari, we felt the same. There is magic at Londilozi which calms and amazes us each time we come!☺️Victoria

Sierra M
Explorer

Wonderful to see and read about Hosana. He was wonderful to watch grow up around Djuma. Thank you for the lovely write-up and excellent photos.

Joann Dolce
Explorer

One thing i have seen is Hosana and Thamba have a low tolerance to each other even though theyre half brothers. Same father Tingana. Hosana is the son of Karula and Thamba is the son of Thandi who is the daughter of Karula. Hosana just wants company. Hes not a fighter at all. He always longed for leopard company. Not ready to mate or get territorial yet. Everybody loves Hosana.

Joanne Wadsworth
Digital Tracker

Always interesting when a new leopard expands it’s territory. In the end, I’m hoping for no more adult or cub deaths. Only time will tell. Any further news about the status of the Tamboli female? That’s one thing about nature in the bush….change is constant.

Alessandra Cuccato
Digital Ranger

Thank you for the card. I have seen Hosana a few times in the northern se tor. He is such a nice character. I hope he stays on Londolozi. And Thamba as well.

James Tyrrell
Photographic Guide/Media Team

Us too Alessandra!

Phil Schultz
Explorer

We were wondering if this might be the unidentified young male we saw during our visit in late May, but we saw that male in the south and I believe it came from Mala Mala so it was probably not the Hosana male

James Tyrrell
Photographic Guide/Media Team

Hi Phil,
If I remember correctly that male was the Nweti male, who originally came in from the west of the reserve. He was the one photographed kissing the buffalo in this post: http://blog.londolozi.com/2018/04/02/leopard-kisses-buffalo-unbelievable/

Best,
James

Phil Schultz
Explorer

Thanks James. I have been writing up the story of our trip in my FB photo album for our trip and had been referring to this leopard as “Unknown Male”. Now I can add a name. And we certainly remember the buffalo post. Looking at my pictures, looks like Nweti is a 3:2?

Callum Evans
Guest contributor

He definitely seems to be a special cat, after that sighting that Alex Jordan and Marlon Du Toit had of him hunting recently!!

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