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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 New Leopard Cubs?

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Jill Grady
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Such exciting news James and I love the name that Melvin chose…a beautiful name for a very beautiful leopard. David’s close-up image of her is breathtaking and maybe the best leopard shot I have ever seen, with incredible eye contact. I can’t wait to see the first pictures of her cubs!

Suzanne Gibson
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That’s wonderful news! I was lucky enough to see her as a 1-month old cub back in April 2012, and have been desperate to see her again since. Maybe I’ll be lucky again when I come back in October?

Ray Orriss
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This is fantastic news for us. We were with Adam Bannister when the Dudley female hauled an impala kill into a tree. Adam made us sit for an hour as he was sure that it was close to the time when her cub needed to be introduced to meat. After she had rested all that time, she slowly made her way back to the den and we followed thru wild terrain and sure enough she called to the cub who appeared and she took her back to the kill. Thank you Adam, and thank you Londolozi for your fabulous blog and all your efforts to keep track of all the cat families. By the way, Adam had had us on a walking tour in that drainage ditch earlier that day?

Krishna
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James, Thankyou for such an exciting and informative view of the leopards. In 2012 while on safari with Lucien we photographed Campan mating with a female,who I think was called Hawthorn.She was quite old at that time,and I would love you to identify her, and let me know if she has any connection to the leopards you talk about today.Thanks for the great news, will be waiting eagerly for more news on them.

James T
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Hi Krishna,
I do remember some activity between the Camp Pan male and the Dudley Riverbank female around that time; it may well have been her. The Dudley Riverbank female was the mother of the Ndzanzeni female, who is the one discussed in the post.
As far as I am aware there has never been a leopard called Hawthorn on Londolozi. Perhaps a mix-up with a leopard from somewhere else?

David Love
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Hypnotic? No kidding. Possibly the best leopard photo ever. Kudos.

Adam
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Great news. And who do you think the father is? Piva Male??

Brian C
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Great photos, she is a beauty like her mother (RIP DRB female!). It is very exciting that a direct female descendant of 3:4 should become territorial here. Looking forward to seeing more of Ndzanzeni and her first litter. So many up and coming young leopards right now!

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