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Senior Moment
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Stunning photos, so jealous

Lea
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Great blog Grant. You are, indeed, very fortunate to be able to see these magnificent cats in their natural habitat. I love leopards, and I take it that the two cubs you photographed saying they were a part of the Londolozi royal family, are the offspring of the leopard named Karula. Karula “The Queen” has not been seen for some time, so all are praying that she is safe and healthy in another area of Kruger. Thanks Grant.

James Tyrrell
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Hi Lea,
No, the Londolozi Royal lineage dates back to the very first leopard to be viewed on a regular basis here, way back in 1979, which was before many of the adjoining reserves were operating as commercial lodges. I don’t know the lineage of Karula but there is always the chance she is somehow descended from that original Mother leopard, since she is from a similar area, and female leopards tend not to disperse too far in this part of the world.
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Gail Mingard
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Beautiful photographs to treasure – thank you!

M
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Wonderful report, I look forward to read more of your glorious days in the bush. Great Shots!

Mishal
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Nice blog .Who is the father of Nkoveni’s cubs ?

James Tyrrell
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Hi Mishal,
We presume the Piva male, but with female leopards often leaving their territories to mate with neighbouring males, it is very hard to say with 100% certainty.
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Lynne
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They are truly beautiful animals ! Thank you for the amazing photo’s.

Jenny
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Unbelievable shots Grant- particularly the leopard leaping. You must have a great eye and a great camera.

Brian C
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Karula is the cousin of Nyeleti female and therefore distantly related to Nanga female. Nyeleti’s mother, the original Saseka, and Karula’s mother, Safari, were sisters (I think not littermates). After raising 10 cubs to independence, 13 year old Karula has disappeared from Djuma since middle of March. We’ve seen a couple of her sons wander onto Londolozi in the past (Kunyuma, Quarantine) so we are hoping she will turn up on a neighboring reserve…I don’t believe she is connected to Mother leopard unless Nyeleti was somehow (I referred to Nyeleti’s mom as original Saseka because one of Karulas’s daughters was also called Saseka–now Thandi— for a period of time. Leopard names and families can be more complicated than the War of the Roses)

Brian C
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CORRECTION: Safari female and the original Saseka WERE littermates, so the connection between Karula and Nyeleti(and Nanga) seems a little closer

Dawn Mann
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Grant, your photos are just spectacular!

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