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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 Safari: The Week in Video #54

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Always enjoy these videos. glad to see the rains have come and replenished the water

James, keep them coming🤗

I think the Ximungwe young male was doing a class in how not to hunt!

That hippo bull really enjoyed himself displaying his hugemungus body and jaws, quit spectacular. Huge elephant bull in musth, something to always look out for as they are known to be irritable at times and grumpy. But he was very placid and the ele cow walking past with her two previous little ones. The leopard off course was my favourite animal in the video today, he has a lot to learn still. Good to see water seeping through over the road, as you said James it is a good sign that the table is full, meaning the bush is healthy and has plenty to offer the herbivores. Wonderful video.

Thanks Valmai

What a wonderful virtual safari this week! Every segment was informative and beautifully shot. Thx for explaining the elephant collar. As it was approaching I saw it and wondered what it was. The young leopard stalk was really a treat too!😄

What wonderful footage of the hippo👏 Great way to start my morning in Hawai’i. Hamba kahle.

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Wow James that hippo was showing you his nashers saying, see these, they are dangerous, so keep your distance! I think that Blister Beetle is also called a CMR beetle, very nasty, especially when I put fruit out for the birds! 😢 Thank you for sharing. Have a good week ❤️

Hi Wendy,
Yes, ‘Blister Beetle’ is more a generic name for the group and there are a number of species it includes.
Best regards

Your blogs are all very informative .

Thanks James

Terrific video this week, especially the hippo.

Thanks William!

Fascinating as always! That bull elephant that was in musth was quite ‘laid back’! Love your videos! Thanks so much for doing them!

Thanks for the nice peaceful and interesting virtual safari – just what we need these days. Enjoyed it.

What an incredible video James, your videos have kept me sane in lockdown and can’t wait to return to Londolozi in October.

loved the hippo one man show! You so seldom see that much of a hippo at one time. You can’t help but feel a bit for the young leopard, however he is learning. Thanks for a fun blog! Victoria

That hippo footage was awesome!! And all the information you shared James, regarding their mating and movement cycles was fascinating – sent me on a deep dive into hippos, their predators, and hippos and rhinos! The young leopard will figure things out through this mistakes, and I love the tidbits about little things with “small tricks” that allow them to survive and be part of the bush ecosystem!

Another wonderful video….loads of variety and interesting facts, showing off the incredible diversity of the region. Thank you!

Fantastic as always!

I am so happy about the rain. We have bad drought here in Arizona.

Enjoyed seeing the young Ximungwe male. James, I can attest to Blister Beetles and cigarette burns being very similar.

Yup! Haha not pleasant!

Super to catch up on all the action James. That lone hippo bull certainly had some serious teeth, wouldn’t like to meet him on a dark night! As he seems to have a waterhole to himself, would he be as agreesive to other animals coming to drink or is it just the 2 legged ones that get him agitated? Fab variety as always..thanks James.🙏🏻❤️
Seems the Ximungwe Male still has a lot to learn, he remember, fondly, his antics when he was still with his mother 😂.

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