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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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It is amazing that the big cats are so powerful and, I think that they are sometimes cruel, and yet so gentle with their cubs. Definitely one for the bucket list to see a lioness carrying a cub. Maybe a leopardess next week when we visit Londolozi.

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James, you’re a wonderful writer and a marvelous essayist. Thanks for sharing your talents.

Thanks Dave!

First of all I love the photo of the Tamboti female carrying her cub – a photographer’s dream shot. Your comments on the strength of their jaws used to kill their prey being such a contrast to the gentleness exhibited when moving their young is on point. The facts presented were quite interesting. That leads me to comment on another part of your blog.
There are high expectations during a safari experience. Will we see the big five? How about a kill for good measure and of course, seeing baby animals is high on the bucket list. However, at the end of the day, it’s the pure experience of being one with nature for a few days that is the real gift. Sure, I’d like to see a pangolin and/or a feline carrying a cub, but I’ll be in the moment and love what I get.
As always, thank you for your insights.

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As you say a wonderful sight, I have done eighteen trips to Africa, yet to set any of the cats do that

You’ve chosen to discuss the one topic that is universally close to the heart of everyone on Safari. I can almost hear a collective gasp from the rover now. One needs to dial down expectations and allow nature to unfold it own drama for the day. In some way I’m glad that sightings are rare…those Cubs have a hard enough task just growing up without being killed. Thanks for the special photographs and for sharing your unique wisdom and insights. Ever thought of writing a book? You have the images and certainly have honed your superb writing abilities.

Haha thanks Joanne,
If I did I think it would just be foe me. Thanks for the kind words though.


Thanks James, but I was quite serious about the book. Perhaps a coffee table book which showcases images you’ve taken over time along with your excellent writing about each image. In so many ways you are already doing it. Perhaps not now, but a few years further down life’s road. A friend here in the States takes excellent images of water birds. Click forward and an unexpected door opened to showcase her work in a hotel (beneficial on both sides), which then lead to other great opportunities for her. She now sells, not only her images, but has a very successful accessory line which showcases her work. No one more surprised than her! In time to come, this could be your story. Ok…I’m done now! Haha …. No need to reply.

Haha thanks Joanne,

I’ll give it some thought…

Feline mothers are awesome! Do you think the male lions would ever attempt to carry his cub in his mouth like the mother does?

Hi Tina,
Physically they would certainly be capable, but I doubt one of them would possess the instinct even to try…

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