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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 Photographic Essay: Leopards at Play

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Alex
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Great interaction,i hope the little one stays safe.Have the Anderson male,4:4 male and Dudley 5:5 sorted out their boundaries in Marthly?

James Tyrrell
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Hi Alex,
It’s still not 100% clear where the lines have been drawn, but the 4:4 male, despite being smaller in stature, seems to have carved out a significant chunk for himself. Watch this space…

Bob Stephens
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Awesome sequence of photos.

Ed Hubbard
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James. A phenomenal series of photos! Thank you for reminding why I love Londolozi.

Kim Beasley
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Love, love, love these photos!! Mom is definitely doing some training!

Deborah
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Spectacular! So envious – wish we were there with you.

Barbara Lewitt
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These are simply “AMAZING !” Such fun to see their playful exchanges…….

Jill Grady
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Fantastic series of images James! I love to see the interaction between Mashaba and her cub. I’m sure they are having fun but I definitely think that Mashaba is teaching her cub some survival techniques that she will need one day when she is on her own.

Loretta Z
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So amazing! Looks like they are enjoying a day of fun to me 🙂 It’s so nice to see that the cub is still alive. Mashaba is a great mom.

TED SWINDON
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BRILLIANT JAMES SUCH A GOOD SIGHTING AND PHOTOGRAPHS!
REGARDS,
TED.

Cynthia House
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Just delightful.

Courtney M
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Why must it be only one or the other – joyful or educational? Why can’t it be both? Studies show the importance of play in human physical, social and mental development and yet play is also fun. Agree that it’s arrogant to assume we hold the keys to the emotional kingdom. We don’t. Fab pics, James!

Brian C
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Phenomenal photos! Playing with mom is both fun and educational for Mashaba’s cub IMO. Why wouldn’t animals have emotions? We can recognize fear and anger in animals- surely there are other emotions. However, it is probably wrong to think that humans really understand an animal’s state of mind.

Susan Strauss
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Mashaba was the first leopard I saw in the wild and my favorite…loved the photos.

Paul Tonks
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Wow James that’s a fantastic set of photos, mine don’t look quite the same ? I am no expert but it certainly looked like they were having great fun for well over an hour just chasing each other, playing and enjoying time together. It was as ever a delight to spend time at Londolozi, with the animals and with wonderful people.

James Tyrrell
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Hi Paul,
It was a pretty special morning!!

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