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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? #10

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Gillian Evans

How lovely to look back on 5 years ago! Especially love the photo of the Mashaba female with her young female cub (who were the first leopards we ever saw on Londolozi)… Also nice to revisit the Tsalala pride as they were and of course the Tamboti female who we miss. Thank you for the trawl through the archives!

Vin Beni
Guest contributor

We had the good fortune of seeing the Mashaba female and young Ximungwe female five years ago also!

Suzanne Gibson
Guest contributor

I love these trips down memory lane too – James, you’re almost ready to start them for 10 years ago!

James Tyrrell

Now that’s a scary thought!

Tino Armando

Great old memories James. Thank you very much for sharing!

Michael and Terri Klauber
Guest contributor

Thanks for the memories James! We love your throwback posts and enjoy seeing the Tsalala pride when it was at its strongest!!

Joan Schmiidt
Master Tracker

James, I saved the leopard caring leopard cub, and timboti female🤗

Christa Blessing
Master Tracker

Great photos, James. I also remember seeing the tailless mother and daughter as part of their pride when I was at Londolozi for the first time in 2013 . It’s really great how one can remember lots of the sightings, maybe it is because of the photos taken, though not only because of that.

Lisa Antell
Master Tracker

Such beautiful photos of the spotted kitties! I am also waiting for the very first time that I get to see a leopard carrying her cubbie…..

Joanne Wadsworth Kelley
Master Tracker

So wonderful to look back, remember and see how things have changed. All interesting memories and more to come!

Mary Beth Wheeler
Guest contributor

What happy memories to relish! Tamboti is a special one to me having spent many hours with her in the sands of Maxabene riverbed. My albums are full of her images…

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

Thanks for the trip down memory lane!

Kara Taylor
Master Tracker

Excellent throw back! Neat to see the Ximungwe female as a young cub after seeing her as an adult.

Linda Deutsch
Digital Ranger

James….I hope someday you will pen a novel about your extraordinary life at Londolozi, with a prequil of course! I so enjoy all your posts and wish all there thanks and safety.

Marcia Parker
Digital Tracker

Often an assessment of the past guides the way forward.

Ian Maclarty
Guest contributor

Hi James, Without taking away anything from the many wonderful rangers and trackers we have met over the last 50 years, Tom Imry still comfortably retains his place in the top drawer. Truly the genuine package and a role model for any aspirant ranger. We visited Londo’s in 2015, about 6 months before your pictures were taken (pre-wedding visit) and I am sure that I have pictures of a leopard kill in that self-same Jackalberry. I will check! Thanks for the memories

James Tyrrell

Hi Ian,
Couldn’t agree more about Tom! Truly one of the Londolozi greats!
Would love to see the pics of that leopard if you can find them.
Best regards

Francesca Doria
Master Tracker

very precious and moving images. Thank you

Cally Staniland
Master Tracker

How wonderful to have a bank full of memories like this! I too can picture scenes as clear as day that I witnessed 50 years ago in the bush but for you, to follow the family line over time, must be very special indeed.💕 Just love the Mashaba female playing her cub ! 👌 Fab James 🙏💕

Paul Canales
Master Tracker

Great trip down memory lane James! Thanks for sharing these unique photos!

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