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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 Leopard Update: Piva vs Short Tail

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Marinda Drake
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It is natural for the older males to pass on and younger males to come in, but it is still sad. It is not good to hear about Tu tones, always a favourite of mine, is he not only around 6 or 7 years old?

Ezequiel Almada
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It feels odd when I think of both the Camp Pan and Marthly males dethroned, but in my mind they are legends that lived long and well.
The Piva male is really impressive(I lost count how many times I’ve said that) but I’m curious about the Tu-Tones male. He’s a young and strong male like his father, who caught him? Was it a lion or a lioness?
or maybe he was injured in a fight with another leopard?
Anyway, thanks for giving us some of your time and updating us on the lives of the leopards.

Sandy Johnson
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James, what has happened to Pink Nose – Maxabene 3.2 I believe he is known as? Don’t hear news of him anymore.

James Tyrrell
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Hi Sandy,

Maxabene 3:2 is the Tu-Tones male, who sadly was in really bad condition last time he was seen. Anything can happen, but he didn’t look good the last time he was seen…

James

Blair S
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He is Tu-tones. His brother is know as Makhotini on Londolozi and south of Londoz is called Maxabeni were he is dominant over a large Territory and has fathered 3 litters of cubs. Camp Pans sons have Become very impressive leopards so hearing this about Tu-tones is very sad.

Blair S
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He is Tu-tones.

Alex
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Sad news, I hope that against all odds the Tu tones male pulls through. He is just entering his prime, it would be a great shame if he dies.Please keep us updated.

Evette Hartig
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Over the past three years I have spent time in the presence of Camp Pan, Tu Tones and Marthly it saddens me to hear of their injuries and loss of territory. Although other leopards will take over, these ones will always hold a special place in the hearts of those who experienced their being.

Jill Grady
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I’m saddened to hear about Camp Pan, Tu Tones and Marthly male James….all such beautiful leopards. Like everyone else, I’m wondering what happened to Tu Tones…do you know if it was a lion attack? It’s always sad to see the end of the reign of such incredible leopards. Please keep us updated…I am also hoping they will survive and be with us for a while longer.

Brian C
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Hi,
Great blog (and map), but bad news! While sad, Camp Pan and Marthly male are leopard legends that have had successful offspring. The tragedy is that Tu Tones had a real chance to live up to his father’s reputation. I think he got into several consecutive, serious fights over too short a time period. His brother appears to be doing very well. Come on Tu-Tones, you can pull through!
I am looking forward to hearing more about the Piva and Short Tailed males. Hopefully, “Short Tailed male” is a temporary name because it is so easy to confuse with Bicycle Crossing male aka Tugwaan male aka “Shorty.” MM used to call Tu-Tones the [new] Newington male, which could be a little confusing, since the old Newington male (son of 3:4) still has living offspring. BTW I believe MM refers to Piva male as Treehouse male (not 100% sure). Leopard names and aliases are baffling sometimes.

Claire-M. Lepage
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James, do you have other photos of the Short-Tail male … the other side of his face, his right side, etc.? Thank you in advance.

Claire-M.

mike
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So happy for Treehouse/Piva but beyond sad for the others 🙁

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