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Nick Sims

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Nick was a ranger at Londolozi from 2018 - 2022. He always had a love for nature. Growing up in Johannesburg, the annual family trip to the bush (particularly the Kruger Lowveld region of South Africa) became an escape from city life. When ...

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Hi folks. I know Mr Tyrell got back to me a while ago with regards to this but I am still unable to view the pictures when I click on them, regardless of what hardware I’m using. This is very frustrating because I use my ohone a lot and need to enlarge the images to view them. This started happening in the last 3rd of 2020 and only with new photos. Older photos that are posted are no problem. Did anyone manage to look into this? Kind regards, Tracey van Dijck (UK)

Hi Tracey – thank you for letting us know. Our technical team is working on it and I will let you know as soon as the problem is resolved. Thank you for bringing it to our attention.

Nick, I loved the leopard🤗

Nick, I loved the Lions🤗

Very interesting reading, Nick! Well written and well documented with pics etc. Such a pleasure to read for 2 elderly folk like us who love the Bush, but who hardly ever can go there anymore! Thank you! Wendy and Neil M

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What an awesome morning, so amazing

Enough excitement in the early morning for a few days.

My goodness that is a beautiful foto of the Birmingham male lion guarding his kill. So glad the leopard decided to go the opposite direction and not get chased by the lions. The lioness looks so intently, so that makes me think he stole their kill. Beautiful foto’s and you three rangers were so likey to see them and take such fabulous foto’s.

Nick, What a great morning! We are guessing that as usual, the females did the work and the male lion got to take advantage of it. It’s awesome to see the image you got of the Tavangumi male. We’re not sure if we’ve seen any images of him before, but he’s a handsome guy for sure! Where does his name come from? How do you get info on nomads like him?

Hey! I don’t think you would have seen him when you were last here. He grew up on Singita so we are able to get information about from our neighbours.

Magnificent pictures of the lions and the leopard, great job Nick.


Hello Suzanne, I am on leave so I am unsure where they are now but they were seen on Mala Mala about two weeks ago.

So glad to see Tavangumi! And the lions eating a hearty breakfast!

That Birmingham male is huge!
It is such an beautiful animal, so proud of it self.
It should have been awesome to see everything so close, thanks for sharing.

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Wow, what a fantastic morning! Thank you for sharing

What a great morning.

Just goes to show you never know what you’ll see or what might happen. The lush green scenery certainly highlights the golden furred animals in the early morning light. Great composition and lighting. So, where is the other Birmingham male. I haven’t noticed the two together in awhile.

The other Birmingham male has been around, he was seen mating with one of the other Ntsevu females.

Hi, I heard of the Hukumuri male leopard, it was so sad that nature and its creatures are wiped off by humans. To see the Birmingham lion and this young leopard and the whole lion dynamics is such a consolation!

Some stunning photos Nick and what a morning you guys had ! Simple perfect 👌🏻💗

A serendipitous morning indeed Nick! Great story and great pictures, and I especially loved the interweaving nature of the narrative. Question: Other that a foolhardy attempt at stealing some of the kill (would a leopard even attempt that with a lion?), what would the conditions be for the leopard to put itself at risk of a lion attack? How close would it have to come? Would the lion simply chase it off, or would it attempt harm? Given that leopards are faster than lions, does it depend on the element of surprise, or who is the quickest to the mark? Thanks for indulging all of this!

Hi Paul, most of the time when a lion and a leopard meet it is down to pure chance. In other cases, either animal might be curious about the presence of vultures or the smell of a kill. Usually leopards will stay away from lions and although lions will chase leopards if they get close, they will rarely go out of their way to kill an adult leopard.

Got it! Thanks so much for getting back to me Nick, and all the best!

Wow what a fantastic morning with the Great Cats!

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