The other day the Londolozi trackers managed to track down a pair of mating leopards. Mating leopards are always wonderful to watch…emotional, passionate, loving, lustful, physical, fluid and ever so photogenic.
The male involved was the incredibly dominant and successful Tugwaan Male a.k.a Shorty. This male has been patrolling the south and east of Londolozi for many years. The last time I wrote about him so after we watched him ‘lose’ a fight with his arch enemy; the Camp Pan Male. This loss however does not appear to have set him back too badly. He was after all, found mounting yet another female!
The female however, was not so well known. In fact I don’t recall her having been seen before at Londolozi. She is beautiful and petite, showcasing a very clear 3:3 spot pattern. After spending an afternoon watching this courting couple I turned to the powerful tool of technology to find out who she was. Remember that just a few days ago I had watched an unknown male leopard raid a fish eagle nest of it’s chicks. In that instance I had used the internet in an attempt find out an ID and history. Likewise for this little girl!
As of yet we have had no answers as to who this little girl is. We hope that by posting this piece someone out there reading this may be able to identify her, or at least have an idea of where she comes from! It is fun, however, to see an ‘unknown’ leopard, especially mating with Londolozi’s most dominant males! My guess is that she comes from the deep southern regions of the Sabi Sands! If anyone knows please feel free to post a name or area in the comments section below!
Written, filmed and photographed by Adam Bannister