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James Tyrrell

Photographic Guide/Media Team

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 The Week in Pictures #397

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Marinda Drake
Master Tracker

Awesome pics this week. Love the Rhino.

Andrew & Daniel Bolnick
Senior Digital Ranger

James, What a great week in pictures you bring us. Especially the beautiful male lion next to the Vehicle. I could feel the rush of adrenaline myself. Wish I were there with you now. Thanks again

Vin Beni
Digital Tracker

Exciting week to be visiting.
The buffalo herd charging the watering hole was incredible. The cheetah sighting and unsuccessful chase of a springbock was thrilling. That was followed immediately by the rhino and cub, with the latter consistently emitting a whining sound. There were multiple sightings of the Mashala. Unbelievably, we came upon a pangolin.

Only day 3 of 7!

love animals

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

Another informative TWIP. Learned something new about male ostriches, when looking to mate – beak color change as well as forelegs. Good to know the Tsalala lioness is taking care to protect her three cubs by continuing to hide them in the river places.

So what was the bird identity from earlier in the week?

Joan Schmiidt
Digital Tracker

James, wonderful photos this week. I especially like the one with Tsalala cubs and Mom.

Bob & Lucie Fjeldstad
Guest contributor

Seeing the Birmingham male walk right past the vehicle reminds us that the most frequent question we get asked is why the lions et al don’t just hop into the vehicle and devour all of us. My answer is usually that we are essentially part of a big non-threatening “boulder” that moves around, probably much like an elephant. You probably have a much better answer!

Awesome selection of photos James, as always! Couple of quick questions:
1. Which Birmingham Male was with the Tsalala Lioness and her three cubs on the buffalo she killed, or did I misunderstand the article and he fed separately from them?
2. Haven’t done spot comparisons but do you have any idea as to the whereabouts of the young Thornybush cheetahs (the son and daughter of the one-eyed female who raised them last year on Londolozi and Mala Mala? I haven’t seen anything in weeks and am concerned

Thanks for any info!

Am also wondering if the Tsalala Lioness will allow the cubs to suckle for a bit longer than normal since she is a single mother and there will be added pressure on her to provide for the cubs?

Wendy Macnicol
Senior Digital Ranger

Some truly lovely pics, James! And such interesting descriptions – especially the blue eyed buffalo! Thank you! Wendy M

Declan Porter

Fantastic week in pictures! The buffalo cow drinking surrounded by the herd is my favourite. Did I miss the answer to this week’s “What bird is it?” on a different blog post?

James Tyrrell
Photographic Guide/Media Team

Hi Declan,
Woops, totally forgot to put it in!!! It was a Juvenile African Hawk Eagle…

Declan Porter

Great, thanks James. Looking forward to the next one!

Ian Hall
Digital Tracker

Ah the Tsalala lioness looks so relaxed, but her position (and that of the cubs) must remain precarious for some time yet. Fingers crossed

Doug Hammerich
Senior Digital Ranger

Another fantastic TWIP. Loved the lion strolling past the Rover. I had that happen several times, but with leopards. Seems Ranger Kevin always knew where to go.

Leonie De Young
Senior Digital Ranger

Hi James, I have just finished reading an article in Earth Touch News and it featured Londolozi. I know it has nothing to do with This Week In Pictures – which are beautiful, but wanted to share the article with all at Londolozi. You may be aware of this or have seen it, but just in case. Enjoy!!

Leonie De Young
Senior Digital Ranger

Hi James, I sent a link to an article that appeared in Earth Touch News, however, upon checking, it was an oopsie. I am therefore sending another link. My sincere apologies for my senior moment.


Henk Slettenhaar
Senior Digital Ranger

Nice pictures! What a great story of the Tsalala lioness.

Cheung Yc

3 cubs all look good.Hmm is she alone, or there are some other lions could help her ,single mama is not easy !

Brian Love

Gorgeous lighting on the first pic of the buffalo/s drinking. Excellent control of exposure and colour rendition!

@Joan Schmiidt, hyenas are bad I don’t like them

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