Leopard Cubs Make a Welcome Return
It comes with much relief for me, and the rest of the Ranging team, to know that you, where ever you may be, are sitting reading this blog about the Nanga female and her 2 cubs. For the past 3 weeks they have not been sighted. Tracks of only the mother have been seen on our northern boundary, as well as around Nanga pan, however this left many of us relatively concerned about the fate of the 2 young male cubs she has done so well in rearing until now.
Fire is a natural thing, it is a part of nature and has been for thousands of years. It came before us and will continue long after we return to dusk. In the Northern section of Londolozi, there was a recent fire that burnt through a large part of the Nanga females territory and the area in which she has so successfully raised her 2 young cubs. This fire lead to much concern in our team. “Were the cubs still alive?” “Did the Mother manage to get them to safety?” “Did they fall prey to the flames of ranging beast that takes no prisoners?” Just a few of the questions that flew through my mind.
Their absence has taken a toll here and each day Rangers and Trackers have spent hours in search of them. There has been no success until yesterday morning, Ranger Mark Nisbet and Tracker Life Sibuye together with Byron Serrao and legend Elmon Mhlongo managed to track them down. They were found on the remains of an impala kill, healthy, unharmed and content.
This morning myself and guests managed to get a sighting of them on some beautiful Granite rocks in the Northern reaches of Londolozi. The played, groomed, suckled and drank without any signs of injury, illness or harm caused by the fire a few weeks ago! Relief? Thats exactly what I felt.
We all welcome them back with opens arms and we hope they continue to offer such amazing viewing for all our current and future guests!
Written and Photographed by: Mike Sutherland