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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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on What Happened 5 Years Ago? #8

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Marinda Drake
Master Tracker

Wonderful memories. I am today going through some of the photos that we took at Londolizi 10 years ago. It bring back wonderful memories and I realized that some if our best sightings in the bush were at Londolizi. It reminds me of all the great experiences we’ve had.

Ian Hall
Master Tracker

Fascinating the ebb and flow, or wax and wane of the predators .

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

It’s always interesting to read about what happened five years ago for those of us who have limited knowledge of those times. Knowing the Nkoveni female has ceded most of her territory to her daughter, is this typical behavior? It seems it doesn’t work that way if the surviving cub is a male who has to make his own way. Saying this, I recall the Finfoot female and her sister are struggling to maintain any type of territory as their mother has new cubs and is chasing them away. The dynamics are fascinating to say the least v

Andrew and Daniel Bolnick
Digital Tracker

Nice look back James. While my first visit was in 2017 I have tried to get up to speed on the bloodlines. Seems one thing is clear. It’s always changing

Joan Schmiidt
Master Tracker

James, loved all the photos – I even saved some to my favorites.

Joan Schmiidt
Master Tracker

Hopefully we can come in 2020 we will be celebrating our 50th wedding anniversary on Sept 5

Irene Nathanson
Guest contributor

Such a wonderful collection and story to follow. I am wondering how old Nkoveni’s cub is now?
Also I remember being on drive with Trevor we saw Marthly male and the Tutlwa female was sitting on the rocks could be the same one pictured in this photo. I wonder if that was the same time. Trevor tracked marthly up onto an area in the dry river bed Sept/October 2015

Wendy Macnicol
Digital Tracker

Hi James. Do you happen to know why there was a Buffalo carcass in the river? Did something kill it? Or did it die from natural causes on its own? Wendy M

Victoria Auchincloss
Master Tracker

amazing how different and similar these sightings are. how marvelous that you can trace their ancestry and see how they are thriving!! leopards particularly are such a part of Londolozi, it is great to look back and learn a bit of history. Hope you are still safe and well, Victoria

Darlene Knott
Master Tracker

Interesting times! It is really something the way the dynamics change over time. Thanks for sharing a little history!

Judith Guffey
Digital Tracker

I have many photos of the leopards of 2015. We were with you in November. Have plans to be there this November…now that’s up in the air although our place in Founders is confirmed. Be well.

Rick Lusk

Great memories, great times. The Piva Male was one of my favorites from 5 years ago.

Paul Canales
Master Tracker

So cool to learn this history and how things have progressed at Londolozi!!

Suzanne Gibson
Guest contributor

Ah, love these walks down memory lane! The Marthly male, with his torn ear – and wasn’t he presumed to be Nkoveni’s father? And the Gowrie male, with his strikingly orange eyes. I saw the Island female at about 6 months old with her mother, hopefully she’s still well – don’t suppose you get much info on them , especially if they move east?

Henk Slettenhaar
Senior Digital Ranger

Nice photos!

Callum Evans
Guest contributor

Amazing how much the dynamics can change in just a few years!

Lisa Antell
Master Tracker

Interesting how the female leopards seem to be ceding their core territories to their young daughters, instead of simply moving over a bit…..but it is nice to be able to see Finfoot and Nkuwa and Plaque Rock on Londolozi!

Cheung Yc
Digital Ranger

The Sparta pride currently has one old lioness and one cub, hope the cub could reach her adult and rebuild her pride!

Michael and Terri Klauber
Guest contributor

James, Thanks for ride down memory lane! Loved seeing all the different leopards and shot action shot of the lions in the river is really great!

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