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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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on Once-in-a-Lifetime Leopard Cub Photos

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Marinda Drake
Master Tracker

They are so tiny. I do hope they survive.

Henk Zegwaard

Let us hope it won’t pour down during the coming weeks !

Susan Strauss
Digital Tracker

Beautiful James. And I love that they are Christmas cubs. Hopefully that gives them divine blessing to reach adulthood ☺️. Mashaba is my girl so it all makes sense to me!

Carolyn Whitaker
Senior Digital Ranger

We feel the same!♥️

Darlene Knott
Master Tracker

So exciting! Yes, put the animals first! That is imperative in their protection. I am so glad you do that! Thanks for posting these incredible photos!

Wendy Macnicol
Digital Tracker

What a great find, James! Congratulations to Sersant and Andrea!! Leopard cubs so often don’t make it through and that always makes me feel sad. Let’s hope that with Londolozi care these 3 will have a great chance of making it to adulthood. Lovely pics of the young cubs. Not an easy place to photo them. Wendy M

Judith Slocum
Digital Ranger


Ann Richardson Berg
Digital Tracker

Hello James,
What a wonderful news! I’m happy for Mashaba. I saw her cubs September 2017. It was fantastic, magical!
It was so sad to read at the blog that they had been killed.
I hope that these will have long, happy and healthy lifes!
Fantastic photos!

Victoria Auchincloss
Master Tracker

How fabulously exciting!!!! Fingers crossed for their continued health. Victoria

Betty-Lou Luijken
Senior Digital Ranger

Indeed, what a wonderful way to start the new year. I hope they are in for a long and happy life. They are so vulnerable now, so let’s keep our fingers crossed they will one day be able to start their own family.

Laura Eberly
Digital Ranger

Truly a gift from God! May they have a Blessed Life, Thank you for sharing.

Ian Hall
Master Tracker

Wonderful that you have such strict protocols

Jennifer Ridgewell
Senior Digital Ranger

Spectacular news -wishing them a long and happy life.

Marc Grawunder
Senior Digital Ranger

Gorgeous little guys.

Suzanne Gibson
Guest contributor

After losing all 3 cubs of her last 2 litters, let’s hope 3rd time lucky! How far away is this den site from the Ndzanzeni young male’s usual area, and is the dominant male the Inyathini?

Phil Schultz
Senior Digital Ranger

My girl…

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

Brilliant discovery of the Christmas cubs. Sending good wishes that her choice of the den site will prove to be secure enough to keep them safe. Speaking of den sites, how are the Ximungwe (sp) cubs fairing in that rocky nook. They seemed quite secure in their little cave, although one was daring and curious enough to expose itself in the “courtyard “, a quick but thrilling view of such a tiny leopard. I could have the female’s name incorrect but I know it began with an X. Needed to use binoculars but the experience was priceless!!

Joan Schmiidt
Master Tracker

Awesome news.

Joanne Wadsworth Kelley
Master Tracker

Mashaba gifted three Christmas Cubs. What a blessing and I pray they survive!

Marianna Gdanis

How wonderful! We can’t wait to possibly see these little cubs when we visit soon – Mashaba is a wonderful leopard mum, so I hope these can make it

Cynthia House

So tiny so vulnerable. I sincerely hope their mother moves them to safer ground soon and manages to rear them to independence. Just a wonderful start to 2019 indeed.

Vin Beni
Guest contributor

Another example of the concern for the “residents.” Very impressive. We learn something new with each blog entry!

Henk Slettenhaar
Senior Digital Ranger

Good story. The little ones are cute. I hope they reach maturity.

Sweet! Great picture. Thanks for posting.

Brian Love

Awesome! Congrats!

Wendy Hawkins
Senior Digital Ranger

Oh my goodness me, how precious are these little ones! Please keep safe 🙂 Thank you for sharing James & photographer 🙂

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