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Xidulu 2:3 Female

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Liam Henderson

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Liam was educated in the Eastern Cape for high school and Stellenbosch for his university days where he obtained a bachelor’s degree in environmental development and conservation. His love for the bush grew from a year spent in East Africa between high school ...

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Vicky Auchincloss
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How incredibly wonderful in so many ways! Victoria

Darlene Knott
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What a superbly written blog! We felt like we were sitting in the vehicle with you! The excitement was palpable. It is so wonderful to know that this beautiful female leopard has survived to further her species. Beautiful story and photos. Thanks for sharing, Liam!

Liam Henderson
Field Guide

Thank you Darlene, it was pure excitement amongst us! We hope to have many more encounters with this young female in the future.

Lea
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What a nice surprise for the three of you Liam. She is a really beautiful leopard and hopefully she will go on to being a good mother – as was her mother. A nice blog Liam, thank you.

Liam Henderson
Field Guide

We hope that she finds herself an area to call her own within Londolozi and that we have many more similar encounters of jumbled words and flying sunglasses at the sight of her.

Pranav
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You guys do a fabulous job. Love your writing. Not just Liam, but the rest of the team too. Thanks again.

Liam Henderson
Field Guide

Thank you for your kind words and we are looking forward to keeping you up to date with the young females development.

Senior Moment
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Great story

Barbara Bethke
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Thanks for the lovely story of that missing female cub. Delightful baby face but self-confidently, hope she will survive.

Liam Henderson
Field Guide

It was a phenominal morning that the three of us wont forget. Looking forward to our next encounter with this young female.

Wendy Hawkins
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Oh Liam welcome to the Londo Blogs! I did have a good chuckle at your “muddle of words” in excitement! I don’t think there is one of us who hasn’t!! I am so glad that you have found this beautiful young leopardess & hope that her brother is safe too 🙂 Enjoy your drives & training & look forward to more from you trainees 🙂

Liam Henderson
Field Guide

Thank you for the kind words Wendy, it really was a morming that the three of us wont forget. We hope to find her brother soon and have a similar experience.

Gillian Evans
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that’s great news! So happy that the female cub is surviving on her own! Lovely last photo on the termite mound. Any news on the other cub?

Liam Henderson
Field Guide

It really was a fitting end to see her up on that termite mound. No sign of the young male as of yet but we are remaining hope after her discovery.

Gill Cederwall
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I LOVED reading this post. I have a happy heart for reading this! Thank you.

Liam Henderson
Field Guide

Thank you for the kind words, this young female definitely had an impact on the three of us.

Carol Sturgeon
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This makes me very happy and looking forward to more photos and stories of her and her story to be told on Londolozi! I hope you find her brother.one of these expeditions. So excited and exhilarated to know she is moving in her mother’s footsteps! She is lovely!!!! Londolozi is on my bucket list! Don’t know if I’ll ever have funds to make it happen, but I can learn about the cats and all living wonderful animals and beautiful scenery and other creatures through your blogs! Thank you.😊!!

Liam Henderson
Field Guide

Thank you for the kind words and we will do our very best to keep you up to date with her development and growth if she decides to call Londolozi her home.

Cam
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Don’t know how familiar you are with the northern Sabi Sands leopards but do you know if Karula is still around

James Tyrrell
Photographic Guide/Media Team

Cam sadly she’s not.

Jill Larone
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Liam, thank you for the wonderful update and beautiful pictures of young Xidulu. It’s fantastic to see her doing well and I’m really hoping her brother is out there somewhere, doing equally as well.

Liam Henderson
Field Guide

We will be on the look out for her brother and hopefully a similar discovery will be had, sunglasses remaining intact this time.

Judy Hayden (Corpus Christi, Texas)
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This is wonderful news. With the loss of this young girls mother, I was so worried. Now to find the brother. Please bring us good news one day. You all are wonderful. I am living my wildlife dreams through you all.

MJ Bradley
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I love that Young Xidulu is doing wonderfully.. I think some mothers are extraordinary at teaching their young about the world around them.. Karula’s two cubs now 17 months old are also doing well since their mothers disappearance 4 months ago.

Mike ryan
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Hi great story, at what stage will you name her for identification. We have not heard one the mashaba young female for some time hope she and mother are flourishing.

James Tyrrell
Photographic Guide/Media Team

Hi Mike,
We’ll name her once she shows signs of establishing territory, although we can’t yet be sure that that will be on Londolozi.
The Mashaba female is doing well. She’s expanded territory to the west and ceded to the Nkoveni female in the east, and is about to give birth we think.
The Mashaba young female is still hanging around although we don’t see her that often. She has been spending a lot of time in the donga system to the west of the airstrip. IN fact we just found a drag mark with female leopard tracks heading in there now and suspect she made a kill during the day.
Best regards

Melvena Conradie (Dudley)
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We actually came across her in the early evening on July 2nd, not far from where you found her. We were quite confused about how young this leopard seemed, and why she was on her own. Especially as we had just heard about three female lions being close by. She was quite skittish but very curious, so we got to enjoy her company for a few minutes. It is quite amazing to read this story, and now understand why she was on her own and what she has been through. I hope we will see much more of her in future!

James Tyrrell
Photographic Guide/Media Team

Hi Melvena,
Thanks for your comments. We’re also hoping she sticks around! Best wishes, hope Kampfees was lekker!

Mike Ryan
Member
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Thanks James that is so great to hear, we have a huge black and white photos of the young female on our living room wall and so see her every day

Amanda Ritchie
Marketing Manager

Great blog, Liam… glad you got to see her again! Looking forward to more blog posts from you.

Kim Heckman
Explorer

Fascinating and very exciting news!! She is beautiful!

Mike Beder
Explorer

Any news on her brother?

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