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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 How Long Does it Take to Eat a Hippo?

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Marinda Drake
Master Tracker

Love the video. It is fascinating to watch vultures on a dead animal. The squabbling, the screeching, the terrible smell, the feathers everywhere. The hyenas, jackals and even a lion or two. Gruesome but part of the natural cycle.

Darlene Knott
Senior Digital Ranger

Wow, those vultures and hyena are something else! It is amazing to watch them ‘at work’! Thanks for the story and photos, James!

Callum Evans
Guest contributor

Incredible sighting and photos, would love to see something like that someday! I’m surprised that no lions or jackals showed up.

Denise Vouri
Digital Tracker

Wow- great photos and commentary. Your guests must have been both shocked and excited to see such a sight, although the smell is very off-putting. A few years ago in Botswana we came upon a deceased bull elephant and the smell prior to arriving at the scene was so nauseating- thank goodness for neckerchiefs to block some of the odor. Many vultures were feeding, but no hyenas. Perhaps the word hadn’t reached them.
Thank you for continued good reporting.

Wendy Hawkins
Senior Digital Ranger

Thank you James. It is hilarious how the hyenas with distended bellies still had the cheek to chase the vultures 🙂 Amazing that there were no lions, or did they come in the dark of night?

Joanne Wadsworth Kelley
Digital Tracker

James, I can’t tell how much I was interested in your article and the accompanying excellent video! I felt as if I was actually sitting in the rover watching this all unfold before my eyes. The bush needs all it’s scavengers and watching your 24 hour cycle, via your video and images, demonstrated the shared dominance between these two. Just fascinating! Exceptional all around piece, James. I may need to watch and read a few more times!!

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