A few weeks ago we put together a post which showed the first images of the latest leopard arrivals to Londolozi. You may remember that the magical thing about these cubs was that fact that we did not even know that we had a pregnant female, let along that she had denned in northern Londolozi. Out of the blue they were found. Three precious little leopards tucked away on Ximpalapala Koppie. Their mother is the ever-elusive unnamed female whom secretly patrols the north-west of Marthly.
It has been a while since we have managed to get another view of the little ones…until now. The cubs have reached the age whereby they are starting to move around with their mother. The other morning we managed to find tracks of the entire family. We followed the tracks and were led to the koppie once more. Perfect granite boulders provide the ideal home for a playful cat.
Sitting there in all their glory, basking in the morning sun sat two of the leopard cubs. Not only was the sighting superb, but it was made all the more special by the fact that we were able to get fairly close to the one youngster and at least two of the trio of cubs were very relaxed! I say this with a delighted smile on my face as their mother is the one leopard who certainly is not relaxed. Enjoy these pictures…
Written and photographed by Adam Bannister