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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 The Leopard And The Porcupine

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Marinda Drake
Master Tracker

It is part of nature but still sad to read that Kaxane has died.

Ian Hall
Senior Digital Ranger

It’s sad all the way round, porcupines are a rarely seen favourite species

Joanne Wadsworth Kelley
Digital Tracker

I’m glad that Kaxana met all the life-long challenges of the bush until old age. Although sad, I celebrate his successful life. The porcupine video was very interesting. Proud of that little guy!!

Darlene Knott
Senior Digital Ranger

Interesting confrontation! Sorry to hear the old fella has now passed away.

Denise Vouri
Master Tracker

The porcupine video was priceless, little David against the many Goliaths, proving that small and wiley can win out over brute strength.
On the Kaxane passing, although sad to lose a well known leopard, it is heartening to know he went out on his own terms and not by the act of another predator. He will live on in memories kept by staff and guests alike of Londolozi. Cheers for Kaxane!!

James Tyrrell
Photographic Guide/Media Team

Thanks for the comments Denise.
Lucien’s porcupine video is our most watched YouTube video to date!

Callum Evans
Guest contributor

Incredible! It’s not often that a Kruger leopard will catch a porcupine!

That’s really sad news about Kaxane. How old was he?

James Tyrrell
Photographic Guide/Media Team

Hi Callum,

I think about 13 years old but I’ll double check…

Wendy Macnicol
Explorer

Fascinating story! Thank you, James. Old age can be rather demoralizing. I can’t even garden much anymore and I love plants. At the probable equivalent age of the Kaxane old male leopard I admire him enormously for still being able to climb a tree to store his meal! Wendy M

Marianna Gdanis
Explorer

How sad to hear of the Kaxane male’s passing 😰 The porcupine was fabulous though, such feisty beautiful animals 💪🏼

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