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James Tyrrell


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 Who is The Kunyuma Male?

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Kaarina Pietiäinen

Kunyuma, son of Karula, the queen of Djuma, apparently sired by Mvula, whose territory is conquered by Tingana. He is a very well-known by WildEarth safari watchers. He has not been seen for a while on Djuma. He is known for his withdrawn character, he isn’t always happy meeting vehicles and is hissing quite often. Such a great male with a self-confident personality. His littermate Quarantine has been seen mainly on Cheetah Plains.

MJ Bradley

How wonderful to hear about Kunyuma. He was always a bit shy around the vehicles and liked give lots of snarls. I hope he finds a place to finish growing up and maybe come back to the Sabi Sands area to find a territory. Thank you so much for the photos and the story!

Judy Guffey

So I think kunyuma would be a good Tsonga word to describe Freddy Ngobeni…a man I love


I’m so happy you have met Kunyuma, the hissy boy. We watched him grow up from birth with his brother, Quarantine Male. Yes, you will usually be greeted with a hiss, then he will move off into the thickets. But, occasionally he will stick around for a photo op. I hope he stays safe for another year or two so he can find his own territory. Thanks for keeping us updated on Kunyuma, His Hissy Highness. He has a lot of loyal fans, as does Quarantine.

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