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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 Waiting for a Decade: Wild Dog Pups on Londolozi

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Fantastic news

Jennifer Ridgewell
Senior Digital Ranger

Fantastic and thanks for sharing this with us – lucky to see in one lifetime, never mind one lock down!

Roberta Drummond

James… you are right.. they are extremely cute.

Chelsea Allard
Master Tracker

I hope they all survive, but even if only a few make it, that’s progress.

Andrew and Daniel Bolnick
Digital Tracker

Making me happy with the news. I adore wild dogs. Pups are indeed and exciting bonus for these amazing animals. Is it possible they decided to den at Londolozi because there is so little traffic these days?

Marinda Drake
Master Tracker

It is really so exciting that the dogs denned at Londolozi after so many years.

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

James, you are correct in stating the birth of the puppies is fantastic news and guests would be amazed and entertained if there, but in the end it’s all about the species and it’s future growth. We all can experience this special event vicariously through your videos and photographs and for now, that’s enough.

Elize Weeks
Digital Ranger

Love the dogs. How wonderful that you could share this with us. I have seen pups in the wild many years ago. They are so playful and inquisitive

Joanne Lofthouse
Digital Tracker

Cute as cute can be!

Nicole Bernhardt
Senior Digital Ranger

“The pack of two dogs and three ears”… LOL

As you mentioned it’s a pity this is happening during lockdown but also rightly pointed out that it’s about them. We are still able to see this and their progression through social media, so for that I thank you. It’s an incredible story and I look forward to many more chapters.

Alison Macleod

Hope to be able to see them soon

Karen Hart
Senior Digital Ranger

How marvelous! Thank you for, as always, sharing your beautiful wild life with us.

Vin Beni
Guest contributor

Incredible discovery–let’s hope the majority survive!
It’s also amazing that you number the existing wild dogs in SA at 500.

Joan Schmiidt
Master Tracker

James, what a wonderful blog today, the pups have located – the one eared dog has given birth🤗

Sharron Gilbert

Amazing news

Richard Houghton

James – you guys are so lucky! We saw pups on Londol0zi in 2012 with Byron/Adam and 2014 with Andrea. Were they born elsewhere and then transferred later to a new den on Londolozi?

Can you tell me if the first pups born this year are at Madikwe, please.

Barbi Evenson
Senior Digital Ranger

Everyone of your blogs is amazing! But the story of this pair wild dogs is so special. And who can’t fall in love with a puppy? Or 10!!!
Londolozi is such a magical place… those dogs knew exactly what they we doing when the chose to mate and have their pups there!!!
And the adventure continues….
Thank you

Mary Beth Wheeler
Guest contributor

So very exciting! Besides being real cuties, these pups represent a hopeful future for the species. Would love to have been there to see them!

Mama Lioness
Senior Digital Ranger

Good morning James, – Amidst today’s story, the most profound thing within it all was the last line, as you stated “I suppose all of us – desperately need: hope.” – This brought me to tears. I would have never considered the idea that the birth of a litter of wild dog (puppies) would bring about the expansion in mind of “Possibility.” – Your love for animals and “your craft” for what you do, goes beyond and to the heart. That final line described more than passion. – For me, it truly resembles your leadership at Londolozi, as well as showing what an amazing person you are.

Kara Taylor
Master Tracker

I’m so thrilled about this – even just to see it in pictures is amazing!

Darlene Knott
Master Tracker

So HAPPY about this! Thanks for this update and any future info!

Kiki Courtelis

Best. News. Ever. Love that they are in the absolute center of Londolozi. Thank you so much for being there during this time to record what’s going on. It means so much to all of us.

Constanze Ulmer
Digital Ranger

Amazing! Congrats on this heartbreaking litter! Love the spirit if these dogs…

Callum Evans
Guest contributor

10 pups!!! That is amazing, I was hoping it would be a litter of around that size (in double figures)!!

Catriona Iverson
Digital Ranger

That is brilliant news, so glad to hear the litter is in Lonodolozi.

Paul Canales
Master Tracker

Great development and story. Looking forward to your reports of their progress!

Ian Hall
Master Tracker

Fantastic news, fingers crossed for them and the Tsalala lioness. Both seem so fragile.

Joanne Wadsworth Kelley
Master Tracker

Best news ever! Congrats!

Oh my, they are so adorable! Thank you for sharing this!!

Christa Blessing
Master Tracker

This is so wonderful, 10 tiny pups!! Amazing that one female can have so many little ones and they are just sooo cute. Lucky Londolozi that it happened in your territory. And maybe it is not that bad that it has happened now with no guests around. Maybe it gives the dogs even a better chance of survival?? I will keep my fingers crossed that most of them will survive and I might see them when everything is fine again.
Of course, I would have LOVED to see these little ones in reality and not only videos or pictures of them.
However the video is great and so are the photos. I am looking forward to more of them.

Michael and Terri Klauber
Guest contributor

Magic, Magic, Magic! Thanks James!

Wendy Macnicol
Digital Tracker

Hats off to the Mom and Dad of this super pack of 10 pups. Also much needed addition to the number of 500 Wild Dogs! They are delightful little pups. And each one of them will have a distinct little personality all of their own. Wonderful new, James! Thank you very much! Wendy M

Carole Esquilant
Digital Ranger

This is tremendous news! Congratulations. Looking forward to updates about these little ones.

Di Metcalf

So great to still be part of such a momentous event. Thank you.

Cynthia House

This birth is so special particularly if there are so few of these incredible animals left in Africa. How can this be I wonder ? Perhaps this will be the beginning of a new pack to swell the numbers…..let’s hope so.

Brian Love

Awseome….I have no words how much joy Painted Wolves fill my heart with joy especially a new generation!

Brian Love

Awesome! I cannot express the joy that fills my heart when I see images of Painted Wolves especially when there is a new generation!

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