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Anderson 4:4 Male

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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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on The Anderson Male Leopard: Gone Forever?

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Marinda Drake
Master Tracker

It is sad. So many older males lost in the last few years. It is nature, but still diffucult to accept.

Marc Grawunder
Explorer

He was such an impressive leopard. Hurts to see him in that condition. Farewell,Anderson.

Andrew and Daniel Bolnick
Digital Tracker

While I am a newer visitor to Londolozi this leopard appears to of lk have brought many great sightings and joy to all. I was fortunate enough to see him in action.

Vin Beni
Guest contributor

A sad but expected end to a legend.

Dina Petridis
Senior Digital Ranger

there is a time to come and sadly enough a time to go

Irene Henkes
Explorer

I seem to remember a FB-post by EP about him, being seen there recently………….. Or do you think there is another Anderson male as well??

James Tyrrell
Photographic Guide/Media Team

Hi Irene, this would be great news if true.
Do you know when the post was from?

Irene Henkes
Explorer

Not more than a week ago, James. He was lying on a big rock, I remember. So when you meet EPs, perhaps they can tell you. Anyone with traversing rights in their direction?

Joan Schmiidt
Digital Tracker

James, so sorry to hear the Anderson Male Leopard has gone forever. We saw him in 2017 when we were with our granddaughter, and her parents.

Mj Bradley
Senior Digital Ranger

While you are most likely correct, that Anderson has passed into memory, I have to tell a story of another leopard, who not so long ago was thought to be at deaths door. Tingana male now age 13, was 11 when he became extremely emaciated and weak, we all thought he was not long for this world but after a time he started to recover and within a few months had returned to his dominant self. While losing territory and getting older he is still looking rather well. I hold out some slight hope that maybe Mr Anderson will find his way back also. Thank you for keeping us updated. It truly is sad to loose one of our icons..

James Tyrrell
Photographic Guide/Media Team

Let’s hope so MJ.
We haven’t seen him for a while or heard reports of him but maybe he is still around…

Mary Beth Wheeler
Guest contributor

What a shame to see such a magnificent animal so deteriorated. I am glad that we finally saw him during visit #5; he was impressive even at rest and in sleep! Will his genetic line continue in any of today’s leopard residents?

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

Well, as always, it’s disheartening to learn that such a massive and charismatic leopard may have passed into the great leopard colony in the beyond. Whilst never experiencing his presence, through photographs, I feel like he’s an old friend and he will be missed by all of us. Do you know if he has any offspring still in the territory?

Scott Ferrier
Explorer

So sad to read this, We have been following the blog almost daily since we visited Londolozi in 2018, and were fortunate enough to spend a few hours in the very close company of the Anderson male who was almost a mythical figure.
He was very impressive sight, enormous and had a very ghostly appearance with his very light eyes.
Thankfully I was able to take some memorable photos of him, static, on the move and also up a tree feeding on a carcass.
I love the way Londolozi keeps their visitors constantly involved with the wildlife on the concession through their blog.
Can’t wait for the next TWIP.

Martha Myers
Explorer

The Anderson male occupies a special place in my heart. It was my first visit to Londolozi in late 2016 and he was the first leopard I saw on the property. It was a proper sighting, too, as he was mating with the Ingrid Dam female, and the disparity in their size struck me forcefully. Hopefully his genes were transmitted to the next generation, and he is still with us.

Bob and Lucie Fjeldstad
Guest contributor

Sad. He is/was truly a force in the Londolozi hierarchy.

Sugar Sean
Explorer

Typical ages range from 12-15, or so I’ve read, so you would expect the biggest guy out there to have another year or two. Or (like humans) do females live longer and the 12-15 is an average age for both sexes?

Joanne Lofthouse
Digital Ranger

This is truly heartbreaking, I knew that he was declining but I never gave out hope that he would turn around. This is truly a sad day. RIP.

Michael Fleetwood
Senior Digital Ranger

Sad to think that Anderson has slipped into the realm of great Sabi Sands leopards, but I personally believe that his size caused the aging process to take hold much more quickly than it would on a smaller male, in addition to genes playing a role.

Brian Everitt
Digital Ranger

Sad news he’ll definitely be missed. R.I.P Warrior

Leonie De Young
Senior Digital Ranger

Thanks for the update on Anderson James. Tears in my eyes reading your blog. I realize that this is the bush and we all must go to the happy hunting grounds eventually, however, he was a magnificent cat and one can only hope and pray that the end came quickly and painlessly. Thank you so much for sharing with us.

Linda Ferraro
Explorer

So sorry to hear that The Anderson Male Leopard has possibly passed. He was such a Beautiful Creature, hopefully it was quick!❤️❤️

Al Kaiser
Guest contributor

A sad commentary indeed James

Callum Evans
Guest contributor

This is really sad to hear, he truly was a legendary cat

Victoria Auchincloss
Senior Digital Ranger

The Anderson male was a magnificent Leopard and it do spas to say goodbye! Victoria

Because hosana what looked like had an advantage and beat him in the previous fight between the two, could Hosana take over his territory because he clearly had him beaten and protected his kill?

Such a beautiful leopard

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