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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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Great experience. Lovely video. It is wonderful to see the veld so green.

Hi Marinda, yes the bush is looking great!
We’ve had lots of rain over the past two weeks!

Interesting blog James. Could it be that the larger bull was actually training the smaller ones for future ones when competing for a female? That had to be a great experience to sit and watch the playful action. Thanks for sharing with us. I love the ellies.

Fabulous photography! What a treat to have been so close to all the action

Since there’s a matriarch to lead each family, doesn’t it follow suit there’s a patriarch for the bull elephants. As I was lead to believe, the bulls tend to be more solitary, but there are exceptions as your observations and images illustrate. In this case I’d think the largest one is the boss, especially if a female is in oestrus. The photos are a good representation of the playful side of elephants. Love the video!!

❤️🐘. And it’s so green!!

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