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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 Don’t Look a Leopard in the Eye

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Ian Hall
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James, you can console yourself that you are not the first to have done such a thing…

Michael Klauber
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Love the story James! Merry Christmas to you and the whole Londolozi team!!!

Michael. Terri, Max & Mikayla

Evette Hartig
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What a wonderful story! I read it out loud to everyone and it brought a smile to our faces. So glad nobody was hurt, what a wonderful Leopard to let you step on her tail and not give you a good swat!

Judy Guffey
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Great story. Thanks for sharing .. Mele Kalikimaka

Merle
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Well told. Immensely enjoyed. Sorry if it is at your expense.

Wendy Hawkins
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Well James you have come a long way since that “episode” & I guess to you was one of the many “mistakes” that taught you a lesson, that you would learn from!!! No one is perfect & that’s a way of learning the bush! I’m very glad as I am sure many of your guests & fellow blog followers are that you didn’t resort to your comfy couch in CT – just think what you would have missed these past two years & us too for that matter! Thank you for these wonderful pictures & the story that goes with it, for all the posts that you have written since I’ve had the privilege of being part of the blog family & look forward to many more next year.

Have a Blessed Christmas with guests, friends, colleagues & animals and that all your dreams come true in 2014!

Jill Grady
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I would have been squealing in terror as well James! Thank goodness she chose the flight option and you are here to tell us this incredible story. What an amazing life you all get to live at Londolozi!

Claire-M. Lepage
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Thank you, James! I always enjoy a good story, especially when told with such humour. I can hear Eckson still laughing …

Seasons Greetings to you and EveryOne at Londolozi!

Jared Watkin
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Great story James – and Merry Xmas to yourself, Mike and all at Londolozi who gave us such a fantastic Xmas a year ago today. Best Wishes for a Happy New Year from Jared, Jayne, Rhys & Gwyn

James
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Thanks Jared!

I still remember the two drives it took to find the Sparta Pride last Christmas with you guys. We got them in the end, though!

Best wishes
for the festive season!

James

Malcolm Stewart
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James
Brilliant story, can’t wait to get back to see the reality in February.
Merry Christmas
Malcolm and Laura Stewart

Yves Christen
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Merry Christmas James. You are a great ranger. And thank you for showing us the Tutlwa cubs in may 2012 (and so many other thinks). See you next May. Yves

Trevor & Colleen
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I would have loved to hear the banter with Eckson and the other trackers and rangers that evening! I can visualise their tears of laughter. I cant imagine your fright as a similar thing happened to me when walking with ranger Warren in the old days down at Safari Camp. That was just a francolin that shrieked and burst out of the tall grass as we approached…… almost had heart failure and in an instant thought my last day had come…… a leopard…. no thanks!

MJ
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What a wonderful story! The Tutlwa female, will forever be one of your favorites after that encounter.
Thank you for sharing.. I am sure you did better than a lot of us would have done.. Scream like a little girl is more like it! ROFL.. A great story to start my day!

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