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Mashaba 3:3 Female

Mashaba 3:3 Female

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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 always exciting to see leopards. If it is just a glimpse in the long grass or a tail hanging from a tree and the best surprrise when a leopard walk down the road straight at you. It is special.

Andrew and Daniel Bolnick
Digital Tracker

James, another very enjoyable blog post. Always enjoy shots of the young cubs

Darlene Knott
Digital Tracker

How very true, James! The thrill of the hunt is a big part of the excitement in spotting a leopard or any of the beautiful animals in that area.

Gina Edwards
Explorer

In leopards do the males kill the cubs to mate with the females like lions do ?

Joan Schmiidt
Master Tracker

James, what a wonderful blog – I already saved the the two Leopards in the tree, and the female with two cubs – but I also saved all the other photos!

Vin Beni
Guest contributor

Great to see that even you have novel experiences to keep you so interested!

Brian Everitt
Digital Ranger

Awesome blog leopard’s are absolutely amazing animals and so beautiful

Valerie Grosset
Explorer

I see that, as with humans, each leopard has its character. Hence the difficulty of knowing more about these magnificent animals. But my faith, a little mystery is not so bad.

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

James, what you’ve expressed in this blog is so true on so many levels. That which comes easily or is expected, does not elicit as much satisfaction or joy as the rare moments when the seemingly impossible comes to fruition- for you that glimpse of the elusive leopard…… patience, determination, knowledge, and flexibility can lead to personal joy. Thank you!

I totally get it! For me it’s the thrill of finding pretty much anything in the bush. Since I was a young child I loved going to the game reserve, sitting in the back seat with my own set of binoculars and a bird book. I was the spotter and back seat driver and I very rarely missed anything. These days I relish anything I find because of my love for wildlife photography, so the thrill has escalated from those childhood days of merely spotting to now spotting and photographing. Some of the best pics I’ve taken have been in the Kruger Park and those sightings and the photographic rewards most often did not come quickly or easily 🙂

With regard to the leopards names, I assume they are mostly named because of the territory they occupy or where they were first spotted? I’m curious about the Piccadilly female, how did she get that name?

Leslie Backus
Explorer

I have the most beautiful picture of the Tamboti Female and her last cub. Shortly after returning home I read the sad news of her death. Is her cub still surviving? Also, thanks for your video postings. I haven’t seen everyone yet but I really enjoy them.

Paul Canales
Senior Digital Ranger

I love these analogies – highly useful in my world… especially at this time in history. And I’ve ordered the Mark Manson books per your recommendation James! Your comments and application of his message ring true in my experience. Thank you.

Wendy Macnicol
Digital Tracker

This is human nature, James. As a child I lived 2 blocks away from the Zoo Lake and about 4 kms from the Zoo in Jhb. I grew so used to this that I very seldom visited them, whereas people living far away used to travel many miles in distance to visit both. I used to go to sleep at night listening to lions roaring and hyena’s “laughing” etc and didn’t think anything about it. My friends who visited used to all remark on this looking startled. Human nature. Never really changes. Lots of wonderful Leopard viewing and people start EXPECTING Leopards and feel let down when they don’t see them perhaps. But you have SO MUCH ELSE to show them! Wendy M

Suzanne Gibson
Guest contributor

I totally understand where you’re coming from, James, the satisfaction is always greatest when it hasn’t come too easily – applies to so many things in life! Has there been any news on Nhlanguleni’s cubs recently?

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