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Amy Attenborough

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Amy worked at Londolozi from 2014 to 2017, guiding full time before moving into the media department, where her photographic and story-telling skills shone through. Her deep love of all things wild and her spiritual connection to Africa set her writing and guiding ...

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on Spring’s Gift: Introducing New Leopard Cubs

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Marinda Drake
Master Tracker

I love your beautiful blogs Amy. The first leopard we viewed at Londolozi was the Mashaba female, then the Vomba young female. She gave us lovely sughtings last year with the Mashaba young female. This is so special with the three cubs.

Michael & Terri Klauber
Digital Tracker

Amy, We are so excited to see the cubs! What a magical sighting! The images are amazing and the video is so beautiful – seeing Mashaba playing with one of the cubs while the other two wrestle with each other is so special. We hope that all three make it through! Thank you!

Mary Moy
Explorer

I am so thrilled to see the Mashaba Female with her cubs

Denise Vouri
Digital Tracker

Amazing! Thank you so much for sharing the story and beautiful photos/video of mom and her cubs. Whilst I’ve spent quality time with leopards in both RSA and Botswana, I’ve yet to experience the joy of watching the little ones. Next time…….

S.W. Tsang
Explorer

love it ! thank u

Mary Beth Wheeler
Guest contributor

When we were there in late April, we saw Mashaba also mate with Inyathini and Piva! She “covered all her bases,” for sure and will be able to keep her beautiful cubs safe! Wonderful video, too!!

Amy Attenborough
Media Team

Thanks for the added info Mary Beth, that’s really great to hear! Let’s just hope that there are no new males that push into the area with the ever-changing dynamics. Many thanks, Amy

Judy Hayden
Explorer

That was a beautiful video, made me smile. I pray for safety of those babies and mom. Keep up the wonderful work. I look forward to the next interesting, exciting blog from you guys over there.

Ian Hall
Senior Digital Ranger

Does anybody remember the days of Fuji Velvia or Ektachrome, where you could only take 36 shots , it did make you think of composition and waiting for the right shot?
Magic moment though

Darlene Knott
Senior Digital Ranger

Oh, my, how exciting, Amy! Leopards are my favorite animal. Three cubs–what a blessing! Thanks for the photos and the video taken by Grant! Love these!

Mj Bradley
Explorer

What a sighting!! Another once in a lifetime! Thank you for sharing, and I hope all three grow to independence

Karen Millman
Explorer

Thank you soooo much for posting this! The Mashaba female was my first leopard sighting last month and it is such a treat to not only hear about her, but to SEE how she AND her cubs are doing! As you stated, there is a true connection between all of us and them. Please keep the updates coming! Thank you!!

Susan Strauss
Digital Ranger

I am watching this sitting in a restaurant alternating between laughing and crying….un-frickin-believable!!! My girl+3 ❤️❤️❤️❤️

Susan Strauss
Digital Ranger

I read this tonight sitting in a bar, waiting for my friends to arrive for happy hour…alternating between beaming smiles and tears of wonder. It only became my experience by you sharing. My girl +3❤️❤️❤️❤️

Amy Attenborough
Media Team

I knew you’d love this one Susan 😉

Mauricia Neeley
Explorer

what an incredible & special sighting. thanks for sharing it with us.

Wendy Hawkins
Senior Digital Ranger

Thank you so much Amy & Grant for sharing these awesome pictures! I hope & pray that they will be kept safe to grow up big & strong in that wild world. What an amazing mother she is & the patience with those three lively youngsters is going to keep her busy.

Rich Laburn
Head of Digital

Amazing video and pictures. Thank you for sharing

Thanks again Amy for sharing such a great story and pictures. I love see the world of Londolozi through your eyes. Hope to see you, the mother and her cubs in November.

Callum Evans
Guest contributor

Now that has got to be one of the most special sightings I’ve heard of!! Everything just looks so perfect. It’s great to know that the Mashaba Female has a new litter of cubs, and what’s more there’s three!! It would be an incredible achievement if all three survive to independence. I have heard of it being achieved in the Mara, so if it is possible there it’s possible in Londolozi! Wishing them all good luck!

Bruce Finocchio
Explorer

Does anyone know the sex of Mashaba’s three cubs?

Amy Attenborough
Media Team

Hi Bruce. No, we’re not sure yet. It’s still very hard to say when they’re so young. Thanks, Amy

Leonie De Young
Explorer

Beautiful blog Amy and so glad you and Grant had the privilege of seeing these adorable babies and their mother. I pray they will all make it to adulthood. Thanks for sharing the pics and video with us.

Eulalia Angédu
Explorer

The Mashaba female and her cubs are simply amazing.Am always thrilled to get their articles and pics.Thank you Amy.Keep them coming please.

Callum Evans
Guest contributor

Just watched the video for the first time now, those three cubs made me laugh when they attacked their mother! That looked like such a precious sighting!! It also almost made me cry, not just because it was so beautiful but also because those cubs are now gone. Really hope that the Mashaba female has another litter soon.

Also, I’m curious to know what the cub survival rate is at Londolozi on average. I know that it varies from leopard to leopard and that various factors (like the death of the Piva Male) can influence things significantly, but I would still be interested to know if possible.

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