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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 Nanga and Tutlwa Females: A Better Chance?

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Lynn Rattray
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James….I live for updates on the Nanga female! Thanks so much. If you ever run across her surviving cub, I’d love to hear of him, too. Had the supreme experience of viewing him and his litter mate nursing and playing with Mom. Have loved Nanga ever since!

Alex
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Do you know who might have fathered the cubs?I know that Nanga female was mating with the Anderson male towards the end of November but what male might have fathered Tutlwa’s litter?

Gabi
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I am thoroughly enjoying reading your informative blogs and viewing your photographs. Thankyou; Please keep them coming. 🙂

James Tyrrell
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Hi Alex, the Nanga female has also spent much time mating with the 4:4 male on our side. Offhand I can’t remember a specific sighting in which she was seen mating with the Anderson male, although a significant chunk of her territory does overlap his so it’s certainly possible and in fact more than likely.
As fort the Tutlwa female, I am sure the 4:4 male is also a likely candidate for the fatherhood. The Anderson male’s territory does not quite reach into the Tutlwa female’s yet, it is only just starting to but up against hers, although having said this it is quite common for females to leave their territories to mate with neighbouring males. Without DNA analysis it will be very difficult to know for sure…

Alex
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Thank you James,hopefully they are going to have more luck in raising these cubs.

Jill Grady
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Thanks for the update James. I love hearing about the Nanga female and hope both leopards’ cubs survive. It would be great to know what happened to Nanga’s male cub that was forced to independence so young…I am hoping that he is out there somewhere, healthy and doing well.

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