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Xidulu 2:3 Female

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James Tyrrell

Photographic Guide/Media Team

James had hardly touched a camera when he came to Londolozi, but his writing skills that complemented his Honours degree in Zoology meant that he was quickly snapped up by the Londolozi blog team. An environment rich in photographers helped him develop the ...

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on Another Missing Leopard Cub Found Alive!

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Wendy Hawkins
Senior Digital Ranger

Woohoo what stunning news!!! Thank you James 🙂

Darlene Knott
Senior Digital Ranger

I have photos of this little gal when she was playing with her mama! I love her and am so happy she is still alive. Thanks so much for sharing her story of survival, James. May she continue to soldier on and find her own territory before long. What a beauty!

Marinda Drake
Master Tracker

This is wonderful news James. Is it that female leopards are more resilient than male leopards? It seems as if female cubs have got a higher survival rate than male cubs.

Joanne Wadsworth
Digital Tracker

Exciting news on the new sightings! I had never thought of mature, older females as being considered a threat to younger females of another mother. Mistakenly I assumed the females banded together or at least tolerated others whereas the males would be the agressive one.

Jill Larone
Explorer

Wonderful news, James!! Now, if only her brother would also come wandering out as well…it would be so fantastic, wouldn’t it? It’s great to see this little one has survived and grown into such a beauty! Hopefully, she will continue to thrive and have a good, long life! 😊💕

Victoria Auchincloss
Digital Ranger

We are keeping our fingers for this beautiful young leopard. Victoria

Aaaaah what an exciting story!

Callum Evans
Guest contributor

Fantastic!!! I knew that she’d make it! I have heard of a similar story too: a leopard cub from Mala Mala in the 90s (dubbed the Airstrip Female), whose mother was killed when she was nine months old, managed to survive and establish a territory on the reserve. Hope that the Xidulu Young Male has just moved.

Denise Vouri
Digital Tracker

Fantastic news on the sighting of Xidulu ‘s female cub. It’s always heartening to learn of the survival of such a special animal, considering the perils of the bush for such a young motherless cub. Albeit, your comment that female cubs are more advanced than their male counterparts when they reach that twelve month mark suggests they have a better chance of surviving if left on their own, but considering the territorial reign of your aforementioned longtime residents, that she survived by somehow flying under their radar is a miracle.

Great story – I’ll be waiting for your follow up.

Mary Beth Wheeler
Guest contributor

What good news! We enjoyed hours of watching her and her brother playing and wrestling last year, just before her mother was killed. Hope she can eke out a territory.

so happy she is back

Kelly Bernard
Explorer

Epic tale!!!!!

Since I am new to this website, I was wondering if someone could give a summary of where the male and female leopard territories are in the Londolozi area and the same for the lion prides and males? Thank you

James Tyrrell
Photographic Guide/Media Team

HI Stephen,

For leopards, visit leopards.londolozi.com for territorial info on all the resident individuals. The site is currently being updated, so within the next few weeks we should have it as current as possible.

For lions we don’t have a similar resource, but we’ll put out a blog in the next few weeks detailing which pride operates where.

REgards

Susan Strauss
Digital Ranger

Get out!! That is amazing news. (I believe) I saw her, her brother and mother together last April just before mom passed away. So wonderful!!

Malavika Gupta
Senior Digital Ranger

This article is so full of hope. I hope the little cub survive well into adulthood. I look forward to seeing her on our next trip. Do you have periodic meetings with other camps in the area, informing each other of new wildlife additions – cubs, a new adult female, adult males etc? Do you also exchange photos so the other camps can easily identify any new animals that have been brought to their attention?

Michael & Terri Klauber
Digital Tracker

James, We love hearing good news about cubs! Will she get her own name soon?

James Tyrrell
Photographic Guide/Media Team

Hi Guys,
Probably not for awhile, at least until she looks like she’s going to stick around…

Paige Dissanayake
Digital Ranger

Absolutely wonderful to hear!! I love tracking these leopard stories online – it makes me feel like I’m on safari again!

I hope that one day I can experience the wildlife in Londolozi – definitely one for the bucket list. I was blessed to visit the Botswana wildlife reserves, and I loved it so much that I was inspired to write my own blog about my experiences in the wilderness. Please do check it out if you have the chance! All photos are my own. Here is a link to my most recent blog post about the leopards that I encountered on safari there:
http://paigingdoctor.com/spotting-the-elusive-leopard/

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