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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 Just How Much do Different Species “Talk” to Each Other?

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Andrew and Daniel Bolnick
Digital Tracker

I’ve been known to talk to myself too. Actually I noticed when alarm calls went out not all the prey responded as I thought they might. So yes situational awareness seems evident.

Joan Schmiidt
Master Tracker

James, wonderful blog today, I think the herbivores talk to each other🤗

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

Fascinating blog. I’ve listened to alarm calls but have wondered how far they extend within the herbivore population. As previously stated, the calls seem to be situational. Thank you for another informative blog.

Johanna Browne
Explorer

I agree with you that animals do indeed talk with one another. As an animal communicator I have experienced this many times first hand. However humans created language about 4K years ago and we separated ourselves from being able to hear other’s thoughts. If a lion is going after impalas and the kudus don’t respond, it is probably because they are hearing the lions thoughts and focus, not on them, as well they would know if it is their’s or one of their herds ‘time’. We must understand that animals are neither stupid nor lesser beings. It is humans that ignorantly and arrogantly feel we are above animals and that don’t feel as we do, have emotions, or even understand when their time has come. We are now so sadly mute in this world, however they are not. You said you like Anna Breytenbach’s work. There is an interview with her where she talks about following a pack of wolves all day as they follow a deer herd. When they finally act and separate from the herd a fawn, the alpha male wolf stands nose to nose with the fawn for 20 minutes and no one moves. He then walks away and calls the other wolves away with him. Anna understood that he knew the fawn’s time had not come. These stories exist over and over and to be open to them, listen to them and not judge our fellow beings by so called scientific rules, we shall better understand ourselves and appreciate this planet with fresh and conscious eyes.

Lisa Antell
Senior Digital Ranger

Very interesting…..and UC Davis is my alma mater! So the higher the population densities, the more likely that someone ELSE will get eaten, thus, I don’t need to worry quite as much!

Leonie De Young
Senior Digital Ranger

An interesting blog James. I think animals do communicate with each other, however, maybe if the situation is not too dire they alarm in a different way than they would if the danger was very close. What I mean is that there are maybe different alarm calls for certain situations. Hope this makes sense. Thanks for sharing with us.

Mark Sadler
Explorer

Thanks James. I loved reading this well written piece. Keep them coming please 👍

Brian Everitt
Digital Ranger

James, great blog today awesome job please keep up the great work with these blogs really appreciate it and enjoy them. Thank you

James Tyrrell
Photographic Guide/Media Team

Thanks for the kind words Brian. More on the way…

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