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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 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

Is it the Nkoveni female?

Ian Hall
Master 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
Senior 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
Master Tracker

Nkoveni female!

Yves Christen


Darlene Knott
Master 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
Master Tracker

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

Mary Beth Wheeler
Master Tracker

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

Joanne Wadsworth Kelley
Master Tracker

Mashaba’s daughter – the Nkoveni.

Wendy Macnicol
Digital Tracker

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

Our guess is also Nkoveni

Al Kaiser
Digital Tracker

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

Joan Schmiidt
Master Tracker

Nkoveni female

Susan Strauss
Digital Tracker

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

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