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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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James, I have been saying for years, we as humans, cannot control mother nature to our idea of how things should be! I appreciate your blog today! Thanks! Nature is what it is!

Hi Mary,
Thanks for the comments. Ultimately, I think Nature will win out. Maybe not in the way we anticipate, but a great quote I once herd was “When the earth’s done with us, it’ll just shake us off like a dog does to a flea.”
We’re entering into a very interesting time…

It makes a person think and it is true that we want to put nature in our human tome frame. We are just a speck in the millions of years that were before us and the millions that will still come. And yet we try to change everything and not always for the better. We are the ones that is destroying this one earth the we have including the animals. Looking forward to the next blog on this subject.

Hi Marinda,
Next one coming in a few days!

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I am sure if the Greater Limpopo Park ever comes into fruition this will open up new solutions without culling or hunting.

Hi Ian,
Absolutely agreed.
Best regards

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This is a very interesting, and I feel, timely topic. Humans are such a small piece of the overall puzzle. It is hard to pull back and see the truly big and magnificent picture and all it’s interdependencies. Thanks for the introduction and this conversation.

Hi Ginger. Thanks for the comments. We’re really just scratching the surface here, so I look forward to some more discussions going forward.
Best regards

You’re correct James that the earth is wise, but sadly man is not. The desire to control, to pollute indiscriminately without considering the effects on others are ever present problems today. What to do-who knows?! I see what’s happened to the abalone in the waters near Capetown, almost gone in order to satiate the appetites of wealthy Asians and provide poachers with money to care for their families. The downside is double sided. Some money feeds the drug cartels and fuels drug abuse and the abalone is almost gone. Then what’s next? Rhinos are in danger everyday. It’s good to learn deaths have dropped slightly, but even one rhino killed for its horn is too many. Do we back off and see how nature deals with the evils of man?

You’ve brought up a subject that is complex and subject to highly charged debates. Perhaps out of some of those debates launched throughout the world we can find some solutions that will be advantageous to man and beast. Cheers!

Hi Denise,
You’ve made some valid points. I think what’s most important is that people keep talking, and come to the table with an open mind.
Best Regards

Looking forward to meeting you if you’re around in November…..

Fascinating question, there is not much that humans have caused a myriad of problems regarding co existence with the wild. But I tend to think that nature is smarter than we are. However I am open to discussion and look forward to more info and ideas. Victoria

Hi Victoria,
Thanks for the comments. I’m also quite looking forward to entering into a discussion..

Interesting essay James, and you may be entirely right or entirely irrelevant. Unfortunately, I suspect the latter. With many scientists believing that we have entered a new epoch called the “Anthopocene,” whatever centuries-long “rules” might have existed, may be totally canceled by our massive interference.

Hi Michael,
Good point. Excited to discuss this further…

Hi, interesting stuff this. Only I think that it would be very difficult to go hands-off, especially with all these fences….. If you fence in, then you are taking responsability for those within the fences. And letting them die because of drought or hunger is not really it, I think.
Here in NL we had something like this, the Oostvaardersplassen, perhaps you heard about it. No food, no birth control and lots of animals dying of hunger horribly………….

You’ve opened up a question that, in the end, can’t be truly answered. Man, in his need to help, often destroys. Throughout your article I kept thinking of the poachers and how elephant and rhino populations are decreasing. I realize that the elephant population is thriving in certain parts of Africa, but not all. If we can’t stop this senseless and greedy killings from poachers to animals truly at risk and in strong decline, your question might become mute. If man is to do anything, man must stop their own cruelty to animals and nature. I have sat on many corporate Board of Directors for non-profits in America. Consistently we had ongoing round table discussions of the tougher issues with deeper dialogue. It always was fruitful and answers eventually arrived, but not until massive numbers of opinions were presented and thoughtfully viewed in every possible light. The insuring conversations around your question will be VERY interesting! I’m very glad you began this conversation, James. It can only help when we educate one another …. with a open mind.

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