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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 Rare African Wild Cat Caught on Camera

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Darlene Knott
Senior Digital Ranger

Oh, how exciting! These are rare to see, but such a treat. So glad you shared this, James!

Rich Laburn
Head of Digital

Wow incredible sighting. Great photographs Guy, I have always wondered who is so lucky as to catch a glimpse of these elusive and infrequently seen bushveld creatures. Magnificent!

Seems like you never believe what Guy says haha ( also you didn’t believe him when he said that the Anderson male’s eye was still there)

James Tyrrell
Photographic Guide/Media Team

Hahaha good observation Gabriele! We like to keep him on his toes…

Marinda Drake
Master Tracker

Wow! Amazing sighting. Great photos. We have not seen many wild cats after all the years going into the bush and never got close enough to even take a photo. It is one of those bucket list sightings.

Ian Hall
Senior Digital Ranger

Very good, next the caracal ?

Ian Hall
Senior Digital Ranger

Are you still persevering with the unmanned trail cameras? I thought that was very interesting, especially when at eye level to a smaller predator such as a wildcat or serval?

Lucie Easley
Senior Digital Ranger

How wonderful. Great photos for sharing. Thanks

Fantastic! We were lucky enough to see one in the Greater Kruger area when we were there in June.

Joanne Wadsworth Kelley
Digital Tracker

Frankly, this was the VERY LAST animal I thought to be in the bush. I never thought to hear or see Wild Cats!! They look just like feral cats here at home. Quite resourceful and blend right in with the dry grasses in the bush. Guy should get the video of the year award for rare cat footage. I’d be a bit envious though (dare I say green) especially after 8 years at Londolozi and no personal siting. Now that you know where they tend to be, go out one night and park. The powers that be may nod your way! :>)

Callum Evans
Guest contributor

That is incredible!! Wild cats are quite common in the Kalahari from what I’ve heard, but very elusive in the Greater Kruger region (I think servals are seen more regularly?)! And to see a hyena stealing a gerbil from them?! That is very interesting behaviour!!

Denise Vouri
Digital Tracker

I’m thrilled to see these elusive cats.

Alessandra Cuccato
Digital Ranger

I am jealous! What a wonderful experience and sighting.

That is really something to treasure. I have seen an African wild cat once and managed to take a picture, but not nearly as good as these. Thanks for sharing.

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