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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 insight and observation of leopard behaviour James. It is true that living in modern times we loose what we are genetically programmed to be. We’ve got to go back to basics and live simply.

Very interesting! Love the leopards!

Interesting blog, James. Nanga has always been a favorite of mine, being one of the first leopards I saw at Londolozi back in 2010. While her territory is now smaller, I’m pleased she’s OK and still in the reserve. Am looking forward to seeing her next visit!

Thank you very much, James, for the patterns of life of mother and daughter leopards. It makes so much sense. We MacNicols have learnt more about leopards than we ever dreamed we would since reading the articles every morning on our Londolozi blog. Wendy M

James – what a great story teller you are. I so enjoyed learning about why leopards concede their territory to their daughters. Have a great day!

I can think of another reason perhaps. An older female whose core territory is surrounded by that of her daughters has ‘buffer’ states. In the case of another, strange, stronger female pitching up on the doorstep, she will have to get past the daughters domain to dispossess the old mother of her territory.

Feasible concepts, James. To instinctively survive individually along with our offspring via giving space and tolerance makes sense. Alas, nature has her mysterious reasons which attracts us all.

Great article on the dynamics of the Mashaba Female, Moya/Nanga, and Makhomsava! Moya/Nanga was seen recently in the northern Sabi Sands (around Arathusa/Elephant Plains area) mating with Hukumuri (male). She recently killed one of the two cubs of Xidulu (the daughter of the Ingrid Dam Female born in September/October 2014).

Thanks for the update Michael

I found this fascinating as I wondered how the female offspring would find a territory and subsequently males to perpetuate their heritage.

It seems the new adult males have a more difficult time in carving out territory for themselves, although the Ndzanzeni male is hanging in there….

Really interesting James! Your explanations of behavior are very helpful. Pictures are easy but these kind of educational discourses really help us relate to what we are seeing. Well done!

James, Your observations are not only interesting, they totally make sense. It is always scary to hear about the cubs when they are new, so it also makes sense that staying somewhat close to “family” is very smart!

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