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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 Which Lion and Leopard are the Londolozi Version of Tom and Jerry?

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Marinda Drake
Master Tracker

Wow! Amazing video and interaction between the predators.

I love your blogs and I save all of them. Awesome story and video!!

Victoria Auchincloss
Senior Digital Ranger

There a million wonderful animals and birds to see at Londolozi, but it is always a huge thrill when you find a leopard or a lion. They are both so magnificent. Victoris

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

Really interesting blog related to the so-called interaction between the lion and the leopard. It appears that each is somewhat tolerant of the other, but keeps a safe distance – thus the Flat Rock male having his escape route up the nearest tree. As for the Tsalala female, perhaps she is a teaser, trying to lure him out, although on her own as you state, she hasn’t a chance to take him down. Wow, you are all so lucky to have a soap opera playing out in the bush without ever having to turn on a television.

So what’s happening with the Ingrid Dam female and the Ndzanzeni male?? Saw both during my visit but have they retreated to another part of the property.

Joanne Wadsworth Kelley
Digital Tracker

What an exceptional long video! One was able to capture the entire encounter between the two adversaries. Very interesting!

Wouldn’t it be something if these frequent encounters resulted in a friendship? Not all animals read their respective handbooks on how they should behave and who their enemies are.

Johanna Browne
Explorer

Leopards have many times greater vision, hearing and smell than humans. I do not know why we humans tend to think we own the rights to recognition, feelings, laughter, humor and emotions. There are far larger and greater brains on this planet than ours in size and cognition and animals share a sentience that most humans suppress. Why wouldn’t this leopard have recognized this lioness who has shared his territory for many years now? Why do we need to try to elevate ourselves in these areas when it simply isn’t true, it is just human arrogance?

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