Where is the Tutlwa Female’s Den Site?
The Tutlwa female gave birth to a leopard cub at the beginning of August. Towards the end of August this cub was seen for the first time by some of the Londolozi Rangers. Anticipating a great story we went out yesterday evening to look for the young cub so that we could film it and put it up on the blog, however luck was not in our favour…
For the last 6 days the ranging and tracking team have been unable to relocate the cub. It appears that the Tutlwa female leoaprd has moved her den site, an action commonly undertaken by female leopards to ensure the security of their offspring. No tracks, no signs, no kills and no contact calls have been picked up by any of the Londolozi rangers or trackers….as such I want to know if you have any suggestions as to the potential whereabouts of this new cub.
Below is a map of the Tutlwa female’s territory. The blurred edges are areas out of her territory and as such the new den site must be somewhere inside of this. The points dotted red are potential densites including the Original Den Site and the Manghen Drainage Line where she was seen a few days prior. I drove a loop around the river yesterday evening and found no evidence of leopard movement.
- Tutlwa Female Leopard’s Den Site Key
- 1. West down the Manghen
2. Marthly Drainage Line up from Sand River
3. Woodlands next to the Lookout
4. Marthly Drainage Line next to Sand River
5. Manghen Double Crossing
6. Sand River Rocks
7. Thin Drainage Line next to Sand River
8. In front of Taylors
9. Original August Den Site
10. Pioneer Camp Rocks
11. Ximpalapala Koppies
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