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Leopards of Sabi Sands

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Dewane male Leopard
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Mvula male leopard
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Dawie Jacobs:
Anderson, very unhappy in the rain

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‘Like night-watchmen they patrol the dark nights; marching with intent and chasing all those unwanted into the shadows…those that do not run are removed’
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Sabi Sabi:
Maxabeni was moving through the reserve this morning, stalking impala. He chased, got close, but was not successful and decided to rest on top of a nearby termite mound.

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Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve:
After his unsuccessful hunt yesterday, Maxabeni was on the move this morning after what seems like a good meal! He was marking his territory after the rain.


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Maxabeni male again, this time waiting for the oportunity to hunt a warthog.
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Sabi Sabi:
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Maxabeni was found yesterday afternoon with a young wildebeest hoisted in a tree. He had consumed a large portion of the carcass and then decided to relax for the rest of the evening. This morning he was a bit more active, climbing into the tree to feed again after chasing off the Little Bush female who had tried to sneak a free meal.


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Tingana male and Thandi female mating. I love to see his sheer size, his neck is amazing.



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I can't tell if he's a giant male or she's a tiny female......
Probably a little of both.
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Mbavala Male Leopard:
Today he was strolling towards S65(Kruger National Park) and heading South. Best condition i have ever seen him, after he was a ghost for 8 months.

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A very interesting piece regarding male leopard behaviour towards their offsprings.
A WEEK IN THE BUSH VOL. 90:
We are so happy to say that Little Bush has been very successful in her hunts and from what we have seen, she has made more than three kills in a week which is pretty much amazing as she managed to tree all of them and her and her cub could finish their well deserved meals in peace.

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It was also very nice to have seen Maxabeni respond to Little Bush’s calls after she returned to her kill where her cub was and there were two hyenas lying around the area.  He made his presence clear and the hyenas moved away!  He is a really good father and will go out of his way to help the females and their cubs.

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I was fortunate enough to have the best sighting of White Dam’s cub!  He was sleeping next to a mud wallow which had a bit of water on the one side where there were a few terrapins swimming around. All of a sudden a terrapin appeared behind the young male leopard, making his way towards the water, but it was too late, the young male was hot on his heals and caught him before disappearing into the mud!  This left the young male’s nose and paws full of mud but at least he got his prize and looked very chuffed about it. Looking at him now, his face looks more and more like his fathers – Maxabeni.

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Aside from this two females named here, he also has cubs with another one, the Lisbon female, and a fourth is said to be pregnant with his offspring as well.
But waht I found interesting was the reference to the job he does parenting, and in this case, he takes after his father, the Camp Pan male, who was a very good father, very tolerant with his sons and daughters.
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( This post was last modified: 02-23-2016, 08:25 PM by Tshokwane )

Inyati Game Lodge:
Dewane and Homelite are fighting in the river. Homelite has his cubs nearby and he knows the seriousness of Dewane learning of their existence.

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The Mashaba young female uses her tail for balance as she ascends this Tamboti tree.

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The Mashaba female and her most recent litter of two cubs.

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Two of the Mashaba female’s young cubs suckle in the early morning light. Countless years spent viewing this leopard has resulted in a trust relationship so strong that she allows us to view her young, vulnerable cubs.

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The Mashaba female laps up water from one of the few remaining pans.

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The Ndzanzeni female snarls as a hyena strolls past.

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The Ndzanzeni female, one of Londolozi’s most difficult leopards to find, evades a brief rain shower in the branches of a Weeping Wattle.

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The Tutlwa female sits high up in the tops of an Apple Leaf tree. She had been chased up there by lions and looks down disdainfully at these bigger cats who don’t stand a chance of catching her in the high, flimsy branches.

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One of Tamboti female’s cubs, from an unsuccessful litter, takes a drink from a waterhole. It is always hard to see these female leopards attempting and failing at raising cubs but there is also huge privilege in being allowed to witness this struggle.

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The Tamboti female reclines on a fallen marula.

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The Marthly male stalks an unsuspecting warthog as it leaves its burrow. This leopard was renowned for hunting warthogs and perfected the art of patience, waiting for the perfect moment before leaping on his prey.

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The Piva male drinking just before the sun set. 

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The Nkoveni female resting in a Marula the morning after our first substantial rain. The sun broke through the clouds for just a couple minutes before being covered by a blanket of grey clouds.

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The Nhlanguleni female watches a distant herd of nyala from an imposing Jackalberry tree.

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That one of the warthog....my goodness, what a photo!
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Tu-Tones male

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4:4 male

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The Piva male rests briefly on a termite mound before sauntering off into the thickets.

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The Tutlwa female in the Sand River. We had anticipated her jumping across this bit of water and waited tensely with fingers on shutter buttons, but she turned around and walked back up the hill…

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A photograph should tell a story. This image speaks volumes; the Tamboti young female dragging her kill away – a young kudu calf. The mother kudu looking forlornly on from the background. The trackers with their cameras, watching as the leopard walks past their vehicle. A sad, yet transient moment in the African bush. Photograph by James Tyrrell

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A final look before moving away for good. The female kudu watches forlornly as the leopard places the carcass of the calf in a thicket, and the harsh reality of life in the bush sinks in.

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The local kudu population has been taking a hammering of late. Very young calves are usually concealed in long grass and thickets by their mothers, but the dry conditions mean that very little ground cover is available for concealment. The Mashaba female has been taking full advantage of this, as evidenced by this kill, her second kudu calf kill in five days. This photo shows her cub looking longingly in the Mashaba female’s direction, as it was struggling to open the kill itself. Eventually it dropped the carcass from the tree – whether by accident or design we will never know – which forced the Mashaba female to approach and feed a bit, allowing the cub to feed more easily thereafter.

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