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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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Rae
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Oh wow. So awesome. I can’t wait—Just over a month till I return! I am so excited to see those lion and leopard cubs.

Judy Guffey
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” Freddy Ngobeni casually pointed out this flap-necked chameleon concealed deep in a red bushwillow.” Yea, Freddy…..eyes of an eagle!

Adam Bannister
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The North – Home of the Tsalala Pride! nice one James T

Brian C
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Thank you for the wonderful photos and description of the “North.” The photo of Campbell Koppies Young Daughter was awesome. I think her territory extends into your neighbors (Arathusa, maybe MalaMala) and nobody has many photos of her.
The photos of Tutlwa’s new cubs are even better, but now I have questions. Why was Tutlwa mating with the Marthly male a few days ago when she has 3 new cubs to look after? What happened to the Nyelethi female? I know her daughter is still around.
Someday I hope to visit Londolozi and I will definitely ask to see the North! This blog sets a very high standard. Thanks,
Brian

James
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Hi Brian,
Thank you for your comments.

Sadly the litter of the Tutlwa female was lost soon after this photograph was taken. The photo was taken on Jan 5th, and on around the 18th, both the Sand River and Manyelethi Rivers came down in flood. Tutlwa was seen soon after the flooding, but there were no signs that youngsters had been suckling from her, so we had to assume the cubs had been lost, wither drowned in the floods or to another predator.

The Nyelethi female died in early 2011, we believe killed by another leopard north of our boundary, but yes, her daughter is still around. Under pressure from the Tutlwa and Ximpalapala females, both unrelated and older, she has moved her territory further north, but is still being encountered on Londolozi

James

Karin
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Aah. The North and Marthly always get a joyful yes at the very suggestion. Our best game drives ever!! Great photos and write up James.

John Holley
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Gotta love the north!

When was Tutlwa’s cubs shot taken?

Kate Neill
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Hi Holley,

It was taken on the 5th of Jan and was unfortunately not seen after the floods this year!

Kate

Michael Klauber
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James,

Beautiful images. Loved seeing two of our group’s vehicles with ours crossing the river. It was so exciting! Any chance we could get a hi-rez image for our archives of the trip?

We look forward to seeing you again this coming summer!

James
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Hi Michael,

We look forward to having you back!

I have a few shots of this river crossing that you are of course welcome to have. Would you like me to mail them to you or can I give them to you when you get here.

James

Doreen Dziepak
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what a THRILL to see our group (Sarasota Florida USA) “egging on” our companion vehicle to cross (July 2011) !!! ahhh, the sweet, very sweet, memories remain strong and vivid thank you for the continued reminder of all the beauty that is Londolozi

Jenifer Westphal
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I love reading the blogs sometimes for the stories – but the photos are always amazing. I know those Freddy spots, and they are always extraordinary! As always, thank you James.

Sandy Johnson
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James, thanks for the pics of the Tsalala 8 – saw them on my first game drive August 2011. So sad they are all gone except one I think.

Warren Pearson
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Nice one James. The North…..my favourite place on Londoz.

Marinda Drake
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This is a lovely blog James. I understand exactly what you wrote about. It is my favourite area as well. You feel the isolation there and it is magical. We were forrunate to climb Ximpalalala many years ago.

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