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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 Why Don’t These Wildebeest Get Organised?

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Marinda Drake
Master Tracker

I have watched a documentary recently where the scene was nearly identicle as you described it James. Thousands of wildebeest were crossing the river and as soon as they landed the other side they turned around and went back across the river. It seemed very strange.

Ian Hall
Senior Digital Ranger

Nicely written

Lucie Easley
Senior Digital Ranger

Very good ideas, James. If only you spoke Wildebeest to get those guys organized. As I’m sure most people know the saying, after God created all the animals, he had left over parts and put together the Wildebeest…..minus some common sense! However, since they number in the millions, I guess they are doing something right. Enjoyed your post.

Callum Evans
Guest contributor

I have always been baffled as to how apparently stupid wildebeest can be, especially with lions! they could definitely take a lioness on, but a single lioness can tackle a full-grown wildebeest with apparent ease! I’ve seen footage of one tossing a cheetah over its head in the Kalahari, so they can definitely look after themselves! But with lions it’s definitely smarter to get out of there!

Denise Vouri
Digital Tracker

My hope is to see the great migration one day, just to experience the raw energy and excitement.

Malavika Gupta
Senior Digital Ranger

Another well written article, James. I’m sure you know that to avoid interfering with the migration, there’s only a tiny cement monument marking the border between Kenya and Tanzania. Did wildebeest used to migrate in Southern Africa too? And did national borders put an end to their migratory behavior?

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