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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 One Whole Winter Later: Nature Still Knows Best

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Camilla Coffey
Explorer

❤️

Marinda Drake
Master Tracker

Lovely blog James.

Francesca Doria
Explorer

It had happened everywhere in the world especially where there are hotspots… I am amazed at the crystalline sea and the amount of life in the sea of compared to the years before. I am sure it is the same in South Africa and especially in Londolozi.

Irene Henkes
Senior Digital Ranger

Amen to that! You are very right, thank you for the blog.

Andrew and Daniel Bolnick
Digital Tracker

Londolozi is love for the animals and our environment

Suzanne Gibson
Guest contributor

I’m amazed that some people really think it’s an “unnatural experience”, surely they haven’t actually been there? Perhaps they think you bribe the leopards – e.g walking up close to the vehicle nets them 1 juicy impala, mating a few yards away qualifies them for 2 impalas each – obviously this would have to be factored up for a large pride of lions such as the Ntsevu! The reality of course is the wildlife flourishes independently of you all at Londolozi , because of Dave and John Varty’s work with Dr Ken Tinley on repairing the land all those years ago.

Cally Staniland
Explorer

So true James that we, in Europe, have noticed a massive change in our surrounding wild life and sea creatures all because we continue to encroach on their ground. It has been wonderful to see unusual sightings after so many years and one hopes that politicians will start to make the environment a priority! Without nature we will surely perish, without humans, nature will thrive. Thank you to Londolozi and all reserves for helping to keep the balance in favour of nature.🙏🏻💕

Joan Schmiidt
Master Tracker

James, I loved the blog today🤗

This is for all these reasons we – and many others – are “addicted” to Londolozi. Thanks James and all!

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

Thank you James for your candidness relating to human impact in private game reserves and the effect they have on the animals and trees/vegetation.
As a safari participant since the late ‘80’s, I’ve yet to witness any overt behavior by any property that would impinge on the well being of all species within their boundaries. It’s a very real experience for me to observe animals up close, so close I’ve felt and smelled the breath of some ….. they had no idea who I was or why I was there-that’s true, uncompromised nature.

Christine Evans
Digital Ranger

Where I live in Alberta, Canada, there are 2 National Parks – Jasper & Banff. Both have substantial elk herds which learned that it was safer to be “in town” where all the people were than further out where their natural predators were. Since lock down and less people in the towns, the predators have been coming in more frequently. So in this case, man has definitely altered the order of things. On one other note, although this has nothing to do with covid it does has something to do with how man changes the nature of things. In Jasper, the trains carrying grain would often stop in Jasper & some of the grain would trickle out onto the tracks. Once the elk discovered this, they would head to the tracks to feed. The park moved a herd of elk to another park up in northern Alberta & the elk were so habituated to finding grain on the railway tracks that many of them were killed when they were hit by trains. I commend Londolozi for all their environmental practices & their low impact on the land. It really does make a difference & some day I plan on coming & visiting & experiencing it for myself. Thank you for all you do.

Darlene Knott
Digital Tracker

Very true, James!

Christa Blessing
Senior Digital Ranger

Every afternoon I am looking forward to a new Londolozi Story; it’s one of the highlights of my day. Today’s is again very interesting and I can only completely agree with you, James. On my many trips to the bush I have often come across such “unrealistic” sightings of all kinds of animals, especially leopards, my favorites.

Ian Hall
Master Tracker

Thank you, I have been wondering – I suppose the big concern for all of the Kruger is poaching .

Best wishes and I hope that at some point the guests start to return

Bob and Lucie Fjeldstad
Guest contributor

Well done indeed!

Kara Taylor
Digital Tracker

Well said!

Mary Beth Wheeler
Guest contributor

Interesting thoughts, James. It’s comforting, in some ways, to know that the cycle of life continues, with us or without us; that we are all truly lucky to be able to peek into that unchanging world and share it if only for a short while. Man really does to need to tread lightly on the earth to ensure that the cycle continues unhampered.

Michael and Terri Klauber
Guest contributor

We agree James, There is no doubt that the rehabilitation of the greater reserve has increased the natural environment for the wildlife – truly a testment to those two young Varty men and their insatiable dreams!

Victoria Auchincloss
Digital Tracker

So fall is ending and winter will gradually arrive. And before you know it spring will be here!! I have to say it never occurred to me that anything in the park was not nature at work!! Extremely bizarre! Thanks for one more wonderful morning!! Victoria

Leonie De Young
Senior Digital Ranger

A nice thought provoking blog James. I am certain that you all miss the guests, but to the animals it matters less. As you say, life goes on in the animal world. We live in uncertain times right now and who knows when things will return to normal – whatever normal will be once this virus is stopped. Thanks for keeping us up to date on the happenings in the bush. To all at Londolozi – take care, be well and stay safe.

Wendy Macnicol
Digital Tracker

So true, James. It is a comforting thought that if you took Man away off the planet, it might just heal itself until OUR Footprint would eventually vanish too most probably, difficult thought that may seem to us who think ourselves SO VERY important. Wendy M

Barbi Evenson
Digital Ranger

Londolozi… once you have been… you will never be the same. ❤️ Thank you for being a part of my heart & soul. There couldn’t be anything more really…

Barbi Evenson
Digital Ranger

Another great week ‼️

Nicole Bernhardt
Senior Digital Ranger

Great blog, thank you!

Paul Canales
Senior Digital Ranger

Brilliant, and an excellent reminder!!

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