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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 Are These The Biggest Leopards You’ve Ever Seen?

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Blair S
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Awesome Blog James out of loyalty too my boy Camp Pan I have too disagree haha but either way they are both huge monsters of the leopard world and heres hoping Anderson has a reign like Camp Pans. BTW Camp Pan also killed a young giraffe back in the day I think back in 2006 I once saw it mentioned in a Ranger Diary by a Londolozi Ranger was the first thing I ever read about him but not sure if he hoisted it that is insane they can do that.

Alex
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Great blog James,the Anderson male is bigger than Camp Pan and not even full grown,i think that he will end up as one of the largest male leopards ever.When was he last seen in Londolozi?

md
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holy crap…..There we have our 100 kg leopard….

or close to it…

Biggest in the Sabi Sands…that would be between Mr. Anderson and Vin Diesel in Lion Sands he was weighed 2 times at 84 and 97 kg

Marinda Drake
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Awesome blog James. It is sad to think Camp Pan is no more but it is the cycle of life. He was such an amazing leopard.

Jill Grady
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Great blog James and the pictures are incredible! I’m really sad to think that Camp Pan is gone — with his rich, golden coat, he was so beautiful and he will be very missed. The Anderson male does look a little bigger than Camp Pan (going by the pictures here) but they must be very close in size.

Cynthia House
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Truly impressive leopards and my personal favourite big cat. Your blog is something I look forward to every day.

Deborah Llewelyn
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Nice blog James. What an amazing sight! Can’t wait to see the Anderson male but very sad to think we will never see Camp Pan again after following him for so many years …

Adam
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there are some big boys around at the moment. Mr Anderson is definatly at the top of the tree (so to speak) and yes, Vin Deisel in Lion Sands is a monster too.

md
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Adam did you ever see Vin Diesel? half brother of Mvula but bigger

chui
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It would be worth preserving the skull of a leopard like Camp Pan, if it is possible to do so of course. Would be interesting to see how he would stack up in the record books.

md
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Hi chui,

nice to see you here 🙂

yes, we need skulls and you guy’s should measure footprints!!

Mike C.
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James thank you as always for the post! This one really hit home for me as I was sitting in one of your vehicles 10 feet away when Anderson grabbed that giraffe and ran up the tree with it. I didn’t quite realize how incredible it was until I saw our ranger Melvin with his jaw dropped. One of the most incredible things I have seen. He is an extremely impressive leopard.

matthew
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These blogs are great. I was lucky to see the Anderson male after a scrap with the Gowrie male in northern Sabie in July and he was so much bigger looking then the Gowrie but it was only my second safari so not a lot to compare to. Amazing to watch such a beautiful animal, only wish I could load the video to instagram of him roaring his dominance. Managed to load some pics to instagram on @maththom27 but not quite to the standard on these blogs unfortunately.

James T
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Thanks for the comments everyone.
Latest news is that the Anderson male has been seen scrapping with the Robson’s 4:4 male on the Southern bank of the Sand River. He’s definitely pushing south, which reinforces our belief that the Gowrie male is dead.
Some interesting times ahead..

md
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Robson is a pretty small male, so he will run

Alex
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Thank you for the update,James.

Lizeka Masilela
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These are the biggest leopards I’ve ever seen. Hope to see them live.
Lizeka

Deana A
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James, curious to know what you thought of Tugwaan. When we saw him in 2012 he was the largest leopard we had seen to date (Gowrie was at that time an unidentified male on the property, I believe, and appeared much younger). When we returned in 2013 Tugwaan was quite elusive going onto MM property before we could get a good look at him. Then in 2014 we didn’t see him at all, and no one talked about him anymore. Having been there in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 (hope to be back in 2016) we have been very fortunate to see many leopards, always great viewing at Londolozi.

James Tyrrell
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Hi Deanna,
The Tugwaan male was always a favourite of mine, but sizewise he is not quite in the same league as the Camp Pan and Anderson males.
One of the reasons he began moving S and E was because of pressure from Camp Pan. As Camp Pan was pushed out by the Marthly male, there was a knock on effect and the Tugwaan male was pushed SE ahead of Camp Pan.
We actually saw the Tugwaan male about 2 weeks ago in the Dudley Riverbank area, which was thrilling, as I hadn’t seen him in about 18 months.

Raymond
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any idea abut tshololo ; is one of the leopard that was roaming malamala and Kim Wolhuter was filming its activities

James Tyrrell
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Hi Raymond, sorry for later reply.

Tjololo died in October 2007, aged 14. He had been found injured by MM rangers and was darted to be treated by Kruger Park vets, but sadly did not recover after the antidote had been administered.

Hope that helps.

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