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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 The Wildebeest Calves

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Francesca Doria
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Hi James thank you so much for showing those wildebeest calves they’re a symbol of life in a difficult time. The images are beautiful in the luxury vegetation and the newborn calves are just cute… hopefully someone will survive

Marinda Drake
Master Tracker

Summer in the bush is an amazing time with all the newborn babies.

Joan Schmiidt
Master Tracker

James, I loved photos🤗

Vin Beni
Guest contributor

Having traveled to Africa only July-August, We never have had the opportunity to see what spring brings to the continent. One of our most incredible experiences was seeing the great migration in Tanzania. (Wildebeests can be very noisy!)

Christa Blessing
Master Tracker

It is truly amazing how these young animals can walk and move only minutes after being born. A beautiful article!

Wendy Macnicol
Digital Tracker

Remarkably quick on their feet, these babies, aren’t they? It is quite incredible. When one thinks how totally helpless a human baby would be in the bush after being born there (should this ever happen). Wendy M

Mary Beth Wheeler
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We once watched transfixed as an impala ewe gave birth to her lamb, cleaned it, and the lamb wobbled to its feet and followed her off toward the herd! An unforgettable thing to see…

Kara Taylor
Master Tracker

An amazing thing to behold a newborn take it’s first steps!

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

It’s truly remarkable how quickly the herbivore calves go from ground zero to standing and then walking in minutes. I was fortunate to see a wildebeest begin the birth process whilst running with her herd, calf’s feet protruding until she found a thicket to complete the birth. We caught up to her and watched from a safe distance the cleaning of the afterbirth and then the many attempts by the little one to stand. I had a video camera and recorded most of it- we were laughing, crying and cheering until it’s victory, finally standing and then they took off. Unforgettable!!

Michael and Terri Klauber
Guest contributor

James, Those babies need to learn quick! Amazing that they can get moving so soon after birth!

Joanne Wadsworth Kelley
Master Tracker

Amazing how nature adapts to reality. Thanks, James!

Paul Canales
Master Tracker

Very cool post about the wildebeest calves! Rooting for their successful maturation, especially the little guy you photographed!

Valmai Vorster
Master Tracker

It is astounding to think within 15 min the calf can stand up and be by it’s mother’s side. One day old and it is running and stretching it’s legs. That is nature at it’s best.

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