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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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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.

Is it the Nkoveni female?

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Photo Number 1 would make my wall any day

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

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.

Nkoveni female!


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!

Perhaps Nkoveni female?

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

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

Mashaba’s daughter – the Nkoveni.

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

Our guess is also Nkoveni

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

Nkoveni female

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

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