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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 Legendary Leopards: The Camp Pan Male

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Marinda Drake
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Camp Pan is still my favorite leopard. Feel a bit sad to to think we might not see him again.

Brian C
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Great tribute to a great male leopard! I sure hope he is still hanging in there, enjoying a stolen kill somewhere. Very interesting ( and kind of cool) that you believe that the recently deceased Tu-Tones male is the father of Tamboti Young female instead of Camp Pan. Regardless, she is part of the Camp Pan legacy, either as grandaughter or daughter. Video was excellent (with a surprise appearance by Vomba, the legendary mother of his other beautiful daughters). I am looking forward to more cubs from Mashaba and Tutlwa in the near future!

Curtis
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What a great leopard who was our favorite. He’ll be missed but happy his legacy lives on.

Ezequiel Almada
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First individual leopard I ever loved. A true legend, and I only wish I’d known about him soone, but I guess it wasn’t the right time. Still, in this couple of years I came to know a little of him and hold him in the highest of regards. And his son Makhotini/Maxabeni male already looks very much like him.
May Camp Pan’s legend live on in everyones hearts, because I know it will in mine.

Jill Grady
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Beautifully written James and the images are stunning. It makes me sad as well, to think that the Camp Pan male may not be seen again. I hope he is out there somewhere still, as beautiful and regal as ever, but he will definitely never be forgotten and his legacy will live on.

Sandy Johnson
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Great story James. I didn’t meet Camp Pan when I visited Londolozi in 2011 but I feel I know and love him from reading the blogs. I’m sure he is missed by many people.

Evette Hartig
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He is/was such a magnificent Leopard, brings tears to my eyes to think we will never see him again, such is the course of nature, for we too shall pass.

Kim Beasley
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Wow….touching synopsis, and very informative for “newbies” like me. Thank you!

Merle
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What a beautiful tribute. Fifteen years…I had no idea the Camp Pan Male had graced Londolozi that long.

Thank you for sharing your loving thoughts.

mike
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Awesome write up!

Kim Sams
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Beautiful tribute! How I wish I had gotten a glimpse of him during our May visit.

Blair S
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2007? I thought he came in in 2005 because Tutlwa was born in march 2006 and Ive seen Ranger Diairies about him from 06. Anyway amazing blog James I really so hope he is still around and will be seen in your land once more such an awesome legendary leopard. Thanks

James T
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Hi Blair,

I think you may be right – I think I may have grabbed the numbers off an incorrect sheet, as I also know him as being Tutlwa’s father and her birth as 2006. I’ll double check and get back to you.

James

TED SWINDON
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HI JAMES,
A GREAT TRIBUTE TO A LEGENDARY LEOPARD OF LONDOLOZI.
I HAVE SPENT MANY HOURS VIEWING THIS MAGNIFICENT CAT IN ALL MY PREVIOUS VISITS, WITH ONE OF THE LAST TIMES BEING IN FEBRUARY ON THE ROAD ON THE EASTERN BOUNDARY, HE WAS NOT LOOKING VERY GOOD, BUT STILL HAD THAT VERY PROUD LOOK ABOUT HIM. IF HE HAS GONE, WE SAY FAREWELL TO A LEGEND!
KIND REGARDS,
TED.

Loretta Z
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You speak of Camp Pan as if he is dead, but you just saw him alive 2 weeks ago. That, to me, leaves room for hope. I saw him in January lazily laying in the grass beneath his kill. Even though a hyena was there, Camp Pan rolled himself belly up to the sky and yawned. Later that night we watched him eat his kill as 3 hyenas surrounded us in the darkness. He was the first leopard I ever saw in the wild and I am hoping to see him again in October. Unrealistic? I certainly hope not. I worry every day that I will read that he died, but I am glad today was not that day, though you nearly gave me a heart attack. LOL 🙂

Arden Zalman
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Thanks James. Tears fill my eyes as I gaze upon the row of Camp Pan pictures on my living room wall that were taken on our 3 visits to Londolozi. You can see the aging the poor guy was going through but–he was & still is the most magnificent male.

James T
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Thanks for the comments everyone, it’s touching to know just how much affection and regard is felt all over the world for a wild animal such as this.

If I hear of him being sighted at all in the next while I’ll post it here.

James

MJ
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Thank for a wonderful blog about this warrior of a leopard. It is always sad to see them pass from the world, but our memories of them and their legacy in the genes of their offspring keep a part of him here always..

Mary Beth Wheeler
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Thank you, James. I look forward to your future reports as well.

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