Footage from yesterday clearly shows the Dudley Riverbank 5:5 Male challenging the dominant male leopard in the area. We followed him for over an hour watching him scent mark, urinate, scrape and call numerous times as he proceeded to walk deep into the territory of the Camp Pan Male. By the time he reached Fluffies Pan he had worked himself into a frenzy. Calling for the Camp Pan Male Leopard to come and face his challenge. He was readied for combat!
Interesting is that this male comes from the far southeastern corner of Londolozi and is still, in leopard terms, relatively young. Camp Pan, on the other hand, is on the other side of the spectrum. Aged over ten and built like a tank. But many rangers believe his days of total dominance may indeed be drawing to a close.
Already, over the past year, we have witnessed him lose territory in the north to the Marthly Male (aka Tyson) and now he may be facing his toughest test yet. We watch in interest to see now the notorious Camp Pan will handle having a young up and coming male on his doorstep. Are we witnessing a change in arms, or is this merely yet another temporary intruder, I’d be interested to hear your thoughts and comments below…?
Incredibly, the 5:5 male was adopted as a cub by his grandmother, the 3:4 female, and raised by her to adulthood.
Filmed and Photographed by: Adam Bannister
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Just yesterday, 3 April 2011, the Dudley Riverbank 5:5 Male was seen with the Vomba Young Female. He had chased her up a tree and was sitting at the base waiting for her to come down. There has been no more interaction between the males.