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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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Let us not jinx it James, but it will be amazing if they den at Londolozi. Are the pups born in June?

Haha! Love your new approach, James! The pups are fun to watch for sure. Loving your photos!

Keep working at it James–we’ll be there in July!

We viewed the den several times in 2010. That was the year that we followed the adults hunting two honey badgers with Byron and Adam driving like maniacs. There was only going to be one winner there – the honey badgers! I know you are the fount of all knowledge on Londolozi but could I beg to differ on your 2015 date when the dogs denned on the North West Border. Again we visited the den several times and I’m pretty sure it was 2014 when Andrea (Campbell) was our ranger. That was the year Emma did the ice-bucket challenge in the sand river courtesy of a couple of topless rangers wearing bow ties!

Hi Richard, you’re 100% right, it was 2014, not 2015.

James, this is a great article. We saw a pack of wild dogs while in the Serengeti, they were demolishing a kill they had just made – unfortunately we were not there for the kill.

It would be fantastic to have. a wild dog den on Londolozi property, let’s just keep our fingers and toes crossed. Keeping the good thoughts, Victoria

Arrived in August 2014 the day wild dogs moved their den onto northern Londolozi. Spent an incredible late afternoon with Don Heyneke and Judas Ngomane at the den while the adults were off hunting. As the light started to fade Elephants arrived just as the dogs arrived with the remains of a grey duiker. A dramatic encounter ensured as the dogs tried to feed the pups with the Elephants trying to chase the dogs away. Watched the brief video of it just the other day. Think Don was a bit nervous that we were potentially trapped in the bush with agitated elephants all around us. I was just enthralled……perhaps naively!
Two days later Don found and then followed the pack through the bush in the late afternoon as they eventually caught a warthog. A superb wild dog experience with an outstanding guide and tracker partnership.

Fingers crossed the dogs will den within your perimeters, or if not, then your neighbor with whom you have reciprocity (Singita perhaps?)

I’m hoping to see some photos of puppies in the not too distant future!!

Dear James. Even as a Londolozi reader of articles every day, Neil and I will be hoping and praying that you guys will find your Wild Dogs denning on Londolozi sooner than you think! At least you have seen them in the wild. We MacNicols, in all our long lives of bush holidays, have NEVER seen a Painted Wolf! Although we have seen an Aardwolf who carefully did a poo in the soft earth in front of our Landrover, covered it up and trotted off, and Aardvarks a few times. So I suppose that should count for something ….. Wendy M

Hello James!
I wish you the biggest luck that they will make their den at Londolozi! I have never seen wild dogs. I would love to do that! What a privilege!! They seem to be very smart and lovely animals!

Please nobody jinx this!!!

Fingers crossed for you James!

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