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Tom Imrie

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Tom is the voice of wisdom, reason and logic on the Londolozi Ranging Team, as well as all the other facets that go hand-in-hand with being an intellectual far beyond the realm of most mere mortals. There are very few subjects under the ...

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on Who has seen the Vomba female?

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Geri Potter
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So sad. I hope it’s a premature ‘Goodbye’. If not, I wish her a successful hunt and sweet sleep with her predecessors.

Francis Mander
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We really hope Vomba turns up soon. I so enjoyed my stay at Londolozi all those years ago, back in 1977. Struan Murless was a game ranger, and my cousins Lance and Bridget Japhet organised the long weekend trip from Joees. Their son is Miles Japhet who lives quite close to you. Catch up soon. Best wishes Francis Mander and family.

Laura
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Beautifully written Tom – you should write more often!
I loved Vombie – end of an era..

MJ
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I hope her end journey was swift and painless. She was a beautiful leopard. I breaks ones heart to loose such a leopard as she.. What a wonderful legacy she has left the Sabi Sands and beyond.
Thank you for writing this for us Tom.. My hearts wish is that she proves we were all premature in wish her a good journey from this life.

John Holley
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Incredible piece, thanks Fountain

Zoe
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Oh no, I do hope she is just on an extended vacation. She, along with Camp Pan are my two favourites at Londos. I know she will be greatly missed!

Tracey Katz
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Beautifully written Tom! We will miss her too.

Babot M. Joseph
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We were sad reading this. My family and I enjoyed tracking the Vomba Female one golden afternoon
last May with ranger Dan. Have great, wonderful shots of her. Thank you for the beautiful words. Privileged to have encountered her that day.

Tony Goldman
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Fabulous article,Tom,she will certainly be missed,but the circle of life continues as we saw her male cub last week and he seems to be doing well and looking good despite being left to fend for himself at a younger age than expected.

Merle
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The ending photo caused tears to well up as I read the fitting comments about the Vomba female and the compliments paid to your tribute. I will miss the opportunity of seeing her this December…but hope springs eternal….

Suzanne Myers
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It is always so sad to see our favorites leave us. They become such a large piece of our lives and heart…. You word so beautiful!!! Thank-you for the update… hopefully soon another with good news!!!!!

Mary Beth Wheeler
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Oh no! We had such a beautiful afternoon in May with her and her son, climbing trees together, mutually grooming, tails intertwined. I too hope this memorial is premature, but if not, I am thankful to have seen and photographed her!

Arden Zalman
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She is remembered

Wendy Hawkins
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What a magnificent Leopard, lets hope that this is premature & that she will just walk through the camp once more & surprise you 🙂

When you say that the fig tree used to grow, does that mean it has died, or was washed down in the floods??

Beautiful narrative & pictures of a really stunning dark coated Queen. Thanks Tom

Shveta
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She is my favourite leopard in Londolozi…hope I will be surprised by her return on our visit in a couple of weeks.

Sandy Johnson
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This news breaks my heart. It’s sad to lose any of the wonderful animals at Londolozi but especially so when it is one you had the pleasure of meeting in your short time at this amazing place. I’ll remember you always beautiful Vomba.

maxine gaines
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Ah no Tom!!!!! Not Vomba. Had such wonderful sightings of her and her young male on our last visit to Londoz in April. She looked so well. Will be holding thumbs with all of you that she turns up in camp soon. Healthy and strong.

Beau Bethune
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Tom, that last photo of the Vomba female is unbelievably moving, to say the least. Observed she and her cub for a few hours one day during our visit back in May. I sent some of those photos to Dean and Talley earlier today – they aren’t masterpieces, but I figured that you all might want to add them to the archives. Thank you for a very moving update on such a wonderful animal. Hoping for the best here…

Martin Clarke
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I know how easy it is to fall in love with a beautiful leopardess.

Kim Johnson
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Wonderfully shared, Tom. She was an absolute beauty from these pictures. So very sorry for yet another goodbye. Please continue to share with us, we want to hear your voice.

Anna
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Brilliantly written as always Tom. Thank you.

mike
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R.I.P. VOMBA

Heidi
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I’m so sad. I had the privilege of seeing her. I will always keep her in my thoughts!

Brian C
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NO! I love old lady leopards (and lions), especially the daughters of Sunset Bend and 3:4. This has been a tough year! Vomba was an exceptional huntress and mother, as we have learned over the years from this blog. Strangely, in the last 3 months, Vomba’s sister Ntima (aka Campbell Koppies) has also disappeared, to the northeast of Londolozi. I would prefer to think the two sisters met up and are on a bender together in Kruger Park- but not too likely!
This means only two Sunset Bend daughters are left (that I know of), Tamboti and Xidulu. On the 3:4 side, Dudley Riverbank and Nottens female are pretty old. I better plan on visiting Londolozi in the next year if I hope to see these iconic ladies.
Of course there is always the new generation of leopards… Mashaba and Tutlwa seem to be following in their mother and grandmother’s footsteps.
Peace and love to the Vomba female and all her offspring!

Sue Prince
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Such sad news Tom, she was wonderful, great pics and review, here’s hoping you may see her paw prints very very soon!

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