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James Tyrrell

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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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Marinda Drake
Master Tracker

It is wonderful that the two sisters both survived. I sometimes think that if it is a brother and sister that the male is first killed by another predator. We probably observe only a small part of a leopard’s life and more young leopards might live together that we are just not aware of.

Joanne Wadsworth Kelley
Master Tracker

I do celebrate them both and am glad they are peacefully together. Sweet and encouraging to see. As time passes they will part ways. Until then, enjoy!

Lisa Vickers
Explorer

Such beautiful leopardesses!

Ian Hall
Digital Tracker

I once stopped with someone who now runs a tracking school in East Africa and a quarter of a century later I can still remember him telling me exactly what James has said and word for word it was “Lions don’t always do what the books say” especially when there are other pressures . Sadly the other pressures in this case was man, specifically trophy hunting in an area adjacent to a national park

Annie.Lane07
Explorer

Such beautiful young leopards. Interesting, informative and thought provoking commentary coupled with stunning visuals makes this video an absolute delight. Mind you, I enjoy and appreciate all of the uploads. Many thanks.

Michael & Terri Klauber
Guest contributor

What a great story! It will be interesting to see if they stay together. Wonder how the mating will go? Could be challenging when they are ready!

Doug Hammerich
Senior Digital Ranger

That photo of the two leopards is almost worth framing.

Joan Schmiidt
Digital Tracker

James, great that the 2 sisters survived – I hope they are still around when we come in Sept 2020. I agree with Marina Drake, we probably observe only small part of a leopard’s life!

Jim Davis
Explorer

Good report as usual. Beautiful girls. Hope they can make it to full adulthood.

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

The only constant in studying wildlife is that there are always surprises and behavior that deviates from the expected norm. I would think this is what makes your job so fascinating – certainly never a boring moment. Hopefully the sisters will continue to thrive like their mother.

Victoria Auchincloss
Senior Digital Ranger

They are absolutely adorable. The pictures are wonderful. Hope they continue to prosper. Victoria

Callum Evans
Guest contributor

Interesting behaviour, I definitely haven’t heard of this happening with leopards before but then again, as you said, many litters don’t make it to independence intact.

This is wonderful for them both. Would be great if they continued to not read the book. The first leopard coalition or I guess we should say pride. 🙂

Bob & Lucie Fjeldstad
Guest contributor

Well said … a wealth of riches (leopard-wise). We’re just thankful that they’ve made Londolozi their home because photographing them is a real treat!!!

Sean De
Explorer

Anyone who knows me, knows how passionate I am about this big cats. Notwithstanding their incredible beauty, I find their behavior mesmerizing. Having seen these two females earlier this year and being privileged to see some incredible interaction between them and their mother, I get goose bumps reading your blog. Clearly there is so much more to Leopard behavior that isn’t covered in the text books. I’m hoping the authors penning the next generation of books will not classify these cats as “solitary” and include some of the incredible interactions being witnessed in the Sands. I’m not sure if it is the density that is driving the behavioral “change” or the fact that these cats are so comfortable being observed and as a result, their secretive life is now being exposed – probably both and a host of other factors.

Stan Watson
Explorer

They are the most beautiful of creatures. Thank you, for the photos.

Reema G
Digital Ranger

Great to learn these about these two gorgeous sisters.
Hope they continue to be in each other’s company for some more time before establishing their own territories. 🙂

Susan Strauss
Senior Digital Ranger

So cool!!

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