Virtual Safari: The Week in Video #46 | Londolozi Blog

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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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Marinda Drake
Master Tracker

Fantastic videos this week. Loved the elephants.

Joan Schmiidt
Master Tracker

James, keep them coming🤗

Jennifer Ridgewell
Senior Digital Ranger

Some great footage of rapturous Eles and beautiful light. How do Leopard fare in such enormous downpours (cyclones/rainy season) – do they generally spend more time aloft, (or in dens), coming down or out mostly in order to hunt? Do they hate the rain like domestic cats?

James Tyrrell
Photographic Guide/Media Team

Hi Jennifer,
If they see something to hunt they’ll actually usually take advantage of the noise and confusion in order to hunt. It makes it much easier for them. If they see nothing and it’s absolutely bucketing, they’ll usually just hunker down…

Suzanne Gibson
Guest contributor

Absolutely wonderful, James – and it looks like it’s HOT. I’m trying to imagine I’m there, but that’s difficult as right now it’s snowing here in southern England (near Salisbury). I’d swap places with you in a heartbeat!

Chelsea Allard
Digital Tracker

It’s always so fascinating to me that despite being huge, clunky animals, elephants can stop, drop and roll on a dime.

Wendy Macnicol
Digital Tracker

Hi James. What a lovely Virtual Safari, if an extremely wet one! The ellies REALLY love the water, don’t they? Felt sorry for Junior Leopard but I am sure he and his Mom won’t starve. Eloise certainly has left its mark over a large chunk of S.A! Wendy M

Christa Blessing
Digital Tracker

Absolutely amazing videos of the elephants and the leopards. The elephants are just great, how they are enjoying themselves in all that water.

Linda Deutsch
Digital Ranger

JOYFUL! I realize that the debate over whether animals experience emotion will continue forever, one cannot help but think that those elephants were having FUN!!! Oh well I’ll allow emotion over evidence and just enjoy watching them. Absolutely wonderful……. thanks so very much,

Leonie De Young
Senior Digital Ranger

A nice virtual safari James. So many ellies and flat cats. Glad you got some rain, though I guess it was a bit overwhelming. Thanks for sharing with us. Be well and stay safe.

George Prior
Digital Ranger

Stunning video — thanks for sharing.

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

This is definitely my favorite virtual safari to date highlighting two of my favorite animals-elephants 🐘 and leopards 🐆. While viewing the elephants splashing and playing in the water, I felt joy knowing they were so content in this waterhole. The leopard family is so unusual to see so that was a bonus. With the amount of rainfall you had, it seems to bode well for a lush summer and hopefully will leave a good base for fall/winter. Thanx so much for the final drone footage as it really shows the scope of the rainfall.

Valmai Vorster
Digital Ranger

What a spectacular sighting of all those elephants having the time of their lives. They surely enjoyed that and it looked as if they could not get enough of it. Certainly the best video ever of the elephants playing in the water. Surprising to see mother, father and cub leopard all together in one tree. Also a wonderful sighting and a highlight for me. I can’t get enough of leopard sightings and love them all. That little cub is too beautiful for words. Thanks James excellent video. How on earth do you distinguish between the leopards, for there are so many of them, and you know them all by name. Who gets to name the leopards?

Cally Staniland
Senior Digital Ranger

Gee talk about a mass meeting !!! Those Eli’s looked as if they might squash each other in their excitement! In fact there was a young one that I kept my eye on for awhile thinking it would surely be squashed 😂. ..and if that wasn’t enough not 1 but 3 leopards in a tree. Seems the rain has brought everyone out ..no stopping the action at Londolozi ! Such a great end too, to this week, with that drone view of the surrounding landscape and the sounds of all the birds. Magical XxxxX

Paul Canales
Digital Tracker

Another wonderful week of video. The elephants were incredible, and it was fascinating to watch the leopards!

Lisa Antell
Senior Digital Ranger

Those fantastic leopards of Londolozi! James, when we were there in early August 2019 with Byron, we saw a fabulous sighting of Nhulanguleni, and Finfoot and Nkuwa when they were still dependent subadults, on an nyala carcass in the river bed. One of the young females was eating while her mother and sister rested. Flat Rock strolled in to the sighting and gently, very NON aggressively, pulled the carcass away a bit from the female. No claws or teeth or snarls. She moved away to groom herself. Flat Rock ate awhile and then just before dusk he hoisted the carcass up into a tree, descended and strolled away. Nhulanguleni then went up to feed. Then 2 hyenas came into the area and both young females dashed up into the tree. One of them fed as her mother and sister draped themselves and slept as full dark came on. Flat Rock was just about 50 yards away. It was simply remarkable how relaxed everyone was, and how he had hoisted the carcass for the females before the hyenas arrived. Family dining at its finest! So the leopards don’t always read those (damn) books! They do what they are going to do….whether they are following the “rules” or not!

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