Still licking his wounds from an epic battle with Camp Pan no more than 3 weeks ago, the Dudley Riverbank 5:5 Male appears to be well on the mend. His neck and face still bears evidence in the forms of cuts and scars but at the end of the day success, in leopard speak, is judged by the territory you occupy and the females you mate with. So far so good for the 5:5 Male! He is currently strutting his stuff in the eastern sections of Londolozi and mating with the Vomba 3:2 Female.
One take on this development is that Vomba is merely trying to keep this young male happy whilst another suggest that she is viewing the 5:5 male as the dominant male of the area when she potentially gives birth in 3 months, and that he is the best suitor to protect her cubs. Could this be yet another sign that the legendary Camp Pan Male is losing control? Does this experienced 11 year old female know what she is doing mating with a male 5 years younger than herself? What do you think the reason for her mating with the 5:5 Male as opposed to Camp Pan is? Let us know in the comments section below…
Incredibly, the 5:5 male was adopted as a cub by his grandmother, the 3:4 female, and raised by her to adulthood.
The Vomba female was a leopard with an instantly recognisable rich golden coat. She spent much of her life around the Londolozi Camps.
Written and Photographed by: Adam Bannister
Filmed by: Rich Laburn