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James Tyrrell

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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 Where Will the Mashaba Female Den?

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Marinda Drake
Master Tracker

Agree with you James. It will probably between the boulders. She might have bad memories of Maxabene. It will be lovely to see a few little Masaba cubs running around again.

Irene Henkes
Explorer

I also think nr. 4 sounds best………………

Ian Hall
Digital Tracker

Let us hope the tactic of mating with multiple males pays off .

Victoria Auchincloss
Senior Digital Ranger

As always fingers crossed for the continued good health and that of her new babies when they arrive. Such beautiful animals. Victoria

I totally agree with you James. It breaks my heart that she lost her last litter but I realize that is the way it is in the wild. Hopefully this litter will make to adulthood, her mating with several males will hopefully ensure that.

Michael & Terri Klauber
Guest contributor

James, We are really hoping our Mashaba will be able to keep her next litter of cubs safe! Fingers crossed!

Suzanne Gibson
Guest contributor

Let’s just hope it’s well away from the Ndzanzeni young male! I’ve been meaning to ask you, James, are you surprised that the Ndzanzeni female hasn’t had another litter yet? – given that it’s over 2 years since her last. Or do you think she has had cubs but lost them early?

Hello James,
I agree with you! Nr 3 is a good guess. Nr 1 and nr 5 is not good places, I’m thinking of what you wrote.
Hope that she will make a good choice and also be lucky with it!

Joanne Wadsworth Kelley
Master Tracker

I agree with your choice of possible locations since it’s met with pass success. By now she may have actually given birth. I’m really looking forward to watching these young ones grow, endearingly play, and eventually become independent. That might be a big request of the wild, but my fingers are crossed!

Callum Evans
Guest contributor

It does seem logical that she’ll use the Donga, it sounds like the safest place. Very excited to see how this next litter will do.

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

I’m thinking either 3 or 4 would be a logical choice, given she uses logic after her last loss of cubs. As you say, do they have memories of where bad things happen? Rocky outcrops, littered with thick vegetation appear to be relatively safe hiding places for the little fluffy offspring. Fingers crossed!!

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