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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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As the entire world knows, the US is in the middle of divisions on all fronts. We are bombarded every day by examples of hate, mass shootings and political upheaval. It is exhausting and for me beginning my mornings with wonderful photos of the animals at Londolozi going about their lives as natures ordered, good,bad or sad, is a boost to my morale. The stories you all recount provide a few moments of hope and above all calm in what at the moment is a worrying home. Please keep on cheering us up. Thank you! Victoria

Hi James
Let’s keep it simple….Great piece, brought peace to my own thoughts. I fully agree and would further add that the universe neither has compassion nor compromise, it neither thinks nor acts, it simply is and is never failing in its headlong pursuit of perfecting all parts on all parts. Procreation and evolving to stay ahead is the driving force in every living thing. I however, love the simplicity of sitting back, feet up and downing a cold beer on a hot summer day! Cheers

Well said, James. Best wishes to you all for a very happy Christmas and New Year.

James, I loved the picture of the Tawny Eagle – and the picture of the Rhino🤗

Very interesting reading today, I enjoyed it. Thanks

I believe elephants think a lot more than people give them credit for. Just sayin’.

I agree, Doug. They even have funerals. (See mu comment below.)

Beautifully written James. The life of a tawny eagle is relatively simple as you state: find food and perhaps mate. For human beings these needs are basically the same but there are so many more complex issues to deal with like finding a job, housing, dealing with transportation….. who has it best? I don’t know. I love leopards but the daily threat to their existence coupled with finding food every couple of days seems stressful. I think I’ll remain human.

James, Thanks for bringing our thoughts back to earth! You are right that the focus on most of the wildlife is on the here and now. It does make you think about how complicated our lives are – especially with technology going faster and faster every year!!!

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Ah some simple photos, proving that you don’t need leopard 🐆 up trees 🌳. Merry Christmas 🎄 and thank you 😊 for your wonderful blogs. Sat at home in the UK with bronchitis on Christmas Day reading them makes me wish I was miles away.

A nice thought provoking blog James. You are right on the worry thing – we tend to worry too much about things that never come to pass. We should all try and take a positive view in our lives, they are sometimes too short. On the wild animal subject I guess they are too busy trying not to become pray to worry about anything else. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. I wish you a very Merry Christmas and a safe, happy and healthy 2020.

I have to disagree with you on this one, sir. While not tawny eagles, I have seen ravens play and take pure joy in flying. I have seen animals from wildlife to my dogs reason, feel guilt and sorrow, and act altruistically. They are sentient, emotional, intelligent and even spiritual. (Science backs me up on most of this. And many anecdotes.) I respect your view and experience, but I think you are underestimating nonhuman animals. Perhaps they are more “zen” than us – or maybe they just look that way to us – but but they know…oh, they know.

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