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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 Who Am I? A Leopard Doesn’t Change Its Spots…

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Marinda Drake
Master Tracker

I am sure that it is the Ximungwe female, or as a cub the Mashaba young female with a 5:3 spot pattern. Mashaba and the cub frequented the area around the airstrip when we viewed them. I can be totally wrong. This is an exciting challenge.

Kate Doyle
Explorer

Is it the Nkoveni female?

Ian Hall
Digital Tracker

Photo Number 1 would make my wall any day

Sylvain Villeroy De Galhau
Guest Contributor

Great idea James, we can all pretend we are rangers! I’ll give it a try: the Nkoveni female I guess

Lachlan Fetterplace
Digital Ranger

Ill throw down a guess and go with the Nkoveni female…the double lines under the right eye look kinda right if I imagine they stretched a bit to fit a bigger head.

Chelsea Allard
Explorer

Nkoveni female!

Yves Christen
Explorer

Nkoveni

Darlene Knott
Digital Tracker

I am guessing the Nkoveni female! No tail cut off here! 🤣 I just compared facial spots. The left side has some pretty distinctive markings. This is fun!

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

Perhaps Nkoveni female?

Suzanne Gibson
Guest contributor

My immediate thought was the Ndzanzeni female, but looking closer I’m pretty sure it’s Nkoveni.

Mary Beth Wheeler
Guest contributor

My guess is that she’s a young Nkoveni, daughter of Mashaba

Joanne Wadsworth Kelley
Digital Tracker

Mashaba’s daughter – the Nkoveni.

Wendy Macnicol
Senior Digital Ranger

Whenever I see a leopard now in a photo at Londolozi I start counting it’s cheek spots – and then I have a mental picture of one of them possibly attacking me – and I think to myself I just wouldn’t CARE how many spots and who it is – as long as I could fight him / her off! I certainly wouldn’t be counting spots at that point! Never having been to Londolozi to see your wonderful leopards, it is so interesting to see all these very good photos of them. Congratulations to all concerned. Wendy M

Vicki McGeoch
Explorer

Our guess is also Nkoveni

Al Kaiser
Senior Digital Ranger

Hello James. I was split between the Nkoveni and the Ximungwe. I’m going with Nkoveni.

Joan Schmiidt
Explorer

Nkoveni female

Susan Strauss
Senior Digital Ranger

She and her mom were the first leopards I saw in the wild. Saw her when she was 9 months. ☺️

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