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James Tyrrell

Photographic Guide/Media Team

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 Leopard Makes Miraculous Recovery

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Marinda Drake
Master Tracker

Wonderfull news James. They are much more resillient than what we think. Nature always heal itself.

James Tyrrell
Photographic Guide/Media Team

Hi Marinda. Indeed; she’s not the first leopard we’ve seen recover from what looks to be a career-limiting injury, but it’s the exception rather than the norm!

Darlene Knott
Senior Digital Ranger

Great to hear, James! Thanks for letting us know!

James Tyrrell
Photographic Guide/Media Team

You’re welcome Darlene. Good news for all!

John McCabe
Explorer

Great news!!!

James Tyrrell
Photographic Guide/Media Team

Absolutely!

Michael & Terri Klauber
Digital Tracker

Great news James! We remember the amazing sighting when we were with Nick Kleer and your vehicle where the two of them were joined by the Inyathini male (father) up on a tree! It was a very intense family discussion!

James Tyrrell
Photographic Guide/Media Team

Hi Michael and Terri. I remember that sighting well! Pretty amazing; some of the photos still rank among my favourites of this year!

Denise Vouri
Master Tracker

Good to know the Ndzanzeni female has healed and is ready to move on “sans enfant “. I have always found it interesting that within the animal world, the young become independent much earlier than in the human world. I know that dogs and cats generally have a 7 year life span to 1 year of a human, so that would equate to an 18-24 month old leopard vs an 11-14 year old human moving to independence. We all know that a pre-teen is not equipped to live independently. All the best to her youngster and may her strong genes and fortitude perpetuate additional leopards within the Londolozi borders.
Great update!

James Tyrrell
Photographic Guide/Media Team

Thanks Denise,
It is interesting making comparisons when you do the 7-t-1 year change. I guess a few hundred years ago a 14-yr-old child WOULD be moving into independence… Makes you think!
Best regards

I am so glad she has successfully recovered. Though it is part of the wilderness that animals get hurt and die, it is so wonderful to see such a great animal recover. Good luck to her!

James Tyrrell
Photographic Guide/Media Team

Hi Christa,
Yes, it’s seldom that these stories have happy endings – at least our version of them – but it seems this one does. Although this is certainly not an ending…

Callum Evans
Guest contributor

Fantastic, the reasilience of these cats always amazes me!! Fantastic to heat that the Mother Leopards legacy still survives!

James Tyrrell
Photographic Guide/Media Team

We’re pretty thrilled too!

Susan Strauss
Senior Digital Ranger

Yay! So glad

Wendy Hawkins
Senior Digital Ranger

Oh that is just great news James! I’m always happy to hear good things about your/our beloved Leopards 🙂 Enjoy the rest of the week

James Tyrrell
Photographic Guide/Media Team

Thanks Wendy, you too!

Mj Bradley
Explorer

I am so happy that the Ndzanzeni female is doing well. Maybe with her next cubs she can raise a female to carry on her line. I really hope so. Thank you for keeping us updated!

James Tyrrell
Photographic Guide/Media Team

We’re hoping so MJ!
With this latest cub sure to be independent within a few weeks, or a couple of months at the most I reckon, she will most likely be looking to reproduce again soon…

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