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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 Leopards and Lions Re-named

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Rae
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Well it will take some getting used to but sounds like a good plan!!

Susan Honnell
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Tu-Tones Male Leopard … spectacular photo!!
Thank you for the updates and information. Interesting to follow these magnificent creatures … the name reference really helps. Will never forget the feeling of first seeing the Dudley Riverbank Female and her newborn cub. The emotional attachment of that moment will be with me forever …

Antony Goodwin
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On June 6th at around 7am we saw an “encounter” between a male cheetah and a leopard – truly spectacular. Our ranger was Melvin and our tracker was Milton. I am not able to identify the leopard who has a prominent v-shaped notch in the RIGHT ear. I have a clear photograph but don’t know how to attach it. Any help would be much appreciated

Kate Neill
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Hi Anthony, If you would like to email me the picture at katen@londolozi.co.za and I will have a look at it and ask Melvin and Milton if they remember who it was.

Thanks,
Kate

James
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Hi Anthony

From the notch in the right ear (and I think I remember hearing about the incident over the radio), the leopard would have been the Marthly Male.

James

Nancy Armitage
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James,

I was wondering why the Breakaway Tsalala lionesses were not called Mapogo lionesses as I believe they were born when the Mapogo coaliton was in charge? Then they were chased away by the Manjinglanes and the original tailless lioness raised them to maturity before rejoining her two older daughters. Interesting they wouldn’t all join up and be be one pride.

Nancy Armitage

Kate Neill
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Hi Nancy,

These are all questions that the ranging team ask when deciding on names for the animals and things can sometimes get quite heated as everyone has their own idea of what the prides/individual leopards should be called. This is why we decide to name them after the area that they spend most of their time as this makes it a lot easier.

Hope this makes sense!
Kate

Adam Bannister
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Thanks for the update James. Great to hear that the lions are doing well. The Tu-Tones Male…sounds good!

Tony Goldman
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Thanks so much,James for this very informative article and as always the photos are awesome,will need some repetition to remember the new names!!

Arden Zalman
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Great names–still in love with the Camp Pan Male.

Rod Dillehay
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James ,

Thank you for not calling us Buttons, Whiskers or the name we really hate-Spot.

Signed,
Leopards and Lions living in the area you call Londolozi

TinaGreeff
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Again beautiful pictures and well written interesting stories.Please , please let us have more of your interactions with the magnificent wild animals.

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