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Anderson 4:4 Male

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Pete Thorpe

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Right from his very first bush trip at the age of four, Pete was always enthralled by this environment. Having grown up in the Middle East, Pete’s home-away-from-home has always been a bungalow in the Greater Kruger National Park, where his family had ...

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Andrew Milne
Explorer

Hi Pete, great article and pictures!
I love reading about the Anderson male, he is a firm favourite Leopard of mine.
However when people say he is big do you guys have a comparison or an approximate weight to put it into perspective for those of us not lucky enough to have seen him in the flesh (I hope to some day)
Thanks
Andrew

Pete Thorpe
Field Guide

Hi Andrew,

It is always difficult to judge the size of an animal without a reference. In this sighting, we were lucky enough to have the Nhlanguleni female as a size reference. The Nhlanguleni female is an average sized female, probably weighing in around 45-55kg. We estimate the Anderson male’s weight to be about 80-90 kg.

Andrew Milne
Explorer

Hi Pete, thanks for getting back to me!
Im in that weight bracket too, so that gives me the answer!
He really is a stunning looking animal! thanks again!
Take care!
Andrew

Denise Vouri
Digital Tracker

Wow! What an amazing sighting you had. Not only the large Anderson male lounging in the tree with his fresh kill, but the witnessing of him peeing on the hyena’s head. Priceless!! The topping of the drive was the mating of these two stunning felines. Pictures are are a wonderful lesson of continued survival in the wild. Here’s to the hope of new cubs.

Ciao!

Ian Hall
Senior Digital Ranger

Oh lucky guests…

Darlene Knott
Senior Digital Ranger

How exciting! Loved the urination story! Poor hyena must have thought there was a lot of pollution in that rainfall! Watching leopards mating is a true privilege! Thanks for sharing!

Judith Guffey
Senior Digital Ranger

What an amazing drive and sighting. Thrilling and memorable.

Mj Bradley
Explorer

What an amazing sighting! Thank you for sharing you little piece of paradise!

Mike Ryan
Explorer

You guys are so lucky five trips and at least 10 drives looking for the Anderson and never seen him. Maybe New Year we will be lucky too ?

Callum Evans
Guest contributor

Knew it was the Anderson male as soon I saw that cover photo! How big is he exactly??

Amy Attenborough
Media Team

It’s very hard to say Callum. A lot of research done on the height and weight of leopards is done in areas where the animals are darted. Because that does not happen here we really can’t be sure. He is a very big leopard though!

Callum Evans
Guest contributor

That makes sense, I’ve never heard of that kind of research being done at Sabi Sands. Would I be on the right track in assuming that he could be roughly 65-70 kgs?

Marinda Drake
Master Tracker

I only got around to reading your blog now Pete. Incredible sightings. Never a dull moment in the bush. Hillarious to read about the leopard urinating on the hyena.

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