One of Londolozi’s iconic leopards is missing…the Maxabeni Female
The last confirmed sighting of this icon was in the last week of October 2012. That is now 9 weeks ago! A long period of time for Londolozi’s previously most viewed and celebrated female leopard. The sighting, back in October, was unusual to say the least. It was documented in a post that showed how she was caught on film catching and killing a large warthog whilst mating with the Marthly Male. She was drawn far out of her territory in an attempt to follow the male with which she was mating. This meant that she crossed north over the Sand River. A dangerous crossing in itself. It led her into the land of the unknown and into the territory of other, unrelated females. She has not been seen since…
How long must a leopard go unsighted for before he/she is classified as dead?
Her last attempt at motherhood
In September 2012 the Maxabeni Female denned a single cub in the Three-Streaked Donga drainage system. The same area in which she had previously denned before. The cub was seen once or twice and was even moved further north into another densite within the boundaries of the Vomba Female’s territory. This cub has not been seen since early October and is assumed dead. Was it the passing of this cub that her made risk life and limb in an attempt to mate with the huge Marthly Male?
In your opinion is the Maxabeni Female dead or alive? If alive then why has she not been seen for so long? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below…
Written by Adam Bannister