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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 Virtual Safaris: The Week in Video #40

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Amazimg videos and sightimgs this week. Lovely to see the veld so green.

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James. You said to feel free to comment. Is the mating attempt with the young lions at the end of the video normal for two young “male” lions?

Hi Camille,
Well noticed; I probably should have mentioned something in the video. Yes this is fairly common behaviour, and not just in lions. The mounting of one male by another is often used to display or try and exert dominance. I don’t know the exact ages of the two young males but I suspect the one doing the mounting would be slightly older and trying to establish a pecking order; this will grant him better access to mating opportunities and the like if they are successful in establishing a territory…

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Thanks, James, always fun to join you on a Sunday morning.

Thank you James. Regarding the Xinzele female, which male would cover her usual territory – presumably she would mate with that male 1st ?

Hi Suzanne, the Flat Rock male does cover a large portion of her territory so it’s likely she simply followed him out of it. I believe the Hukumuri male also covers part of her area, and there’s a skittish male in Othawa who she may also encounter…

Excellent! I think there are two elephant calves mounting each other too trying to establish hierarchy. Wonderful leopards and lions sequence also baby impala

James, I loved the video🤗 Keep them coming!

Spectacular videos.

Another good Sunday morning video. It’s always nice to see videos captured during the week again as well as a couple of new ones. Is is reasonable that the young Styx and Nkuma males could form their own coalition?

Hi Denise, yes, that is most likely what they’ll try and do…

Hi James, it is definitely the Styx and Nkuhuma Males. The Nkuhuma Male got that wound from a wildebeest he killed on Othawa (a kill he was later seen on with the Hairy-bellied Matimba Male at the end of November). Glad to see he and the Styx Male regrouped.

Great, thanks very much for the info Michael!

Interestingly, they are half-brothers or cousins (essentially related in some way) through the Birmingham Males, who are the fathers of both. The young Torchwood Male is also fathered by the Birminghams but he’s always been far from the other two in terms of distance.

Another amazing video — always the highlight of my week.

A nice virtual safari and a great mix of animals. Lovely to see the green grass and leaves. Thanks for showing the lilac breasted rollers 0 they are such a pretty bird. Thanks for sharing with us. Be well and stay safe to all at Londolozi.

Great video, I enjoyed the Lilac Breasted Roller family, the Leopards and Lions

James, you are such an entertaining storyteller! The videos this week are wonderful, and it is great to see the young female leopard working her way towards motherhood!

Another incredible WIV!!!

A great week of video, and as always, your commentary is a highlight, James!

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