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Tamboti 4:3 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 were well developed, and he was quickly snapped up by the Londolozi blog team as a result. An environment rich in photographers helped him develop the photographic skills ...

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on Where Has the Tamboti Female Gone?

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Marinda Drake
Master Tracker

I do hope Tamboti survive. It is nature but I can’t help to think “not another leopard.” Has her cub been seen?

Gloria Brislin
Explorer

Nature can sometimes seem so cruel. Here’s hoping the tamboti female makes it.

Denise Vouri
Digital Tracker

Fingers crossed for the recovery of the Tamboti female. It’s too soon to hear of another loss of a star in the feline world. Hang in there Tamboti!!

Joanne Wadsworth
Senior Digital Ranger

This is unhappy news. My hope this that she is laying low to heal, however I’m deeply concerned about her ability to hunt and feed. Although the actual attack wasn’t seen, do you think it may have been caused by the Birmingham males? I’m not sure if they share the same territory. There’s been a lot of tough luck with the leopards and their Cubs making it.

James Tyrrell
Photographic Guide/Media Team

Hi Joanne.
Either them or the Ntsevu females, since there is big overlap between the Tamboti female’s territory and that of the lions…
Yip, it’s been a tough couple of years of leopards being lost to lion attack. I make it five off the top of my head, with the Tamboti female being a possible sixth..

Joanne Wadsworth
Senior Digital Ranger

Thanks, James. It doesn’t sound optimistic for the Tamboli. I’m pensively hopeful….is that possible? lol When there is a eventual slow death from an encounter, is a body ever found by a tracker before scavengers step in? Suppose that’s a slim chance. No need to reply to my status question on today’s blog. If there was news, you’d tell us. Thanks James.

James Tyrrell
Photographic Guide/Media Team

Hi Joanne.
I’ll be honest, it’s not looking too hopeful. there hasn’t been any sign of her for a few days; the only tracks seem to be those of the Mashaba female, who has been consistently encroaching…
We’ll put out an update as soon as we know anything.

Best,
James

Peggy Fox
Explorer

The Tamboti is my very favorite Londolozi leopard. We have a beautiful photo of her that we hung in my husband’s study. Fingers are crossed she is okay!!!

James Tyrrell
Photographic Guide/Media Team

We’re all hoping too, Peggy!

Alessandra Cuccato
Digital Ranger

I really, really hope she will recover and be fine. Do you know if her cub is fine? I keep my fingers crossed for both.

James Tyrrell
Photographic Guide/Media Team

Hi Alessandra,
Apparently the cub is fine and has been spending time in the south-eastern section of the reserve. The Xidulu young female was left alone after her mother died and survived just fine, so seeing as the TAmboti cub is slightly older, she has a decent chance of making it, assuming the Tamboti female has gone for good.
James

Mary Beth Wheeler
Digital Tracker

Oh no! Not another leopard lost to lions! I certainly hope not and surely not beautiful Tamboti! I’m hoping that she’s lying low, recovering. Is it likely her daughter can share some kills with her?

Mj Bradley
Explorer

It is always sad to hear that one of our leopards has sustained injuries. I do hope the Tamboti F can make a comeback. I think we have had a very hard time lately with the disappearance and/or death of some of our Sabi Sands Leopards and of course our beloved Tailless Lioness. I hope we will soon have good news regarding the Tamboti Female. Thank you for the update

James Tyrrell
Photographic Guide/Media Team

Hi MJ,
We’ll let you know as soon as we find out anything else..
Best,
James

Callum Evans
Guest contributor

Has she been found again? I’ve always been amazed by the resilience of big cats, so I’m confident that she will bounce back.

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