The Kaxane or Kashane male leopard is one we don’t usually see. His territory falls to the West of our property, and with other big males like the Camp Pan and Marthly males forming a territorial wall in Londolozi, he is not often seen sticking his neck out on this side.
Recently however, in the western grasslands, ranger Mark Nisbet and tracker Like Gumede were slowly making their way through the chilly early morning mist when a dark shape emerged out of the gloom ahead of them, confidently striding down the road. The male leopard usually encountered in those areas is the Makhotini male, yet the leopard they saw before him was certainly not him. After some consultation they realised that it was infact the Kashane male they had found, moving around on the very fringes of his territory.
He was born to the Kapen female in 2005, and upon independence moved south the lower Sabi Sand.
This male is certainly one of the most striking I have ever seen; his almost aquamarine eyes make him unmistakeable.
It may be pure chance that he was in the area, but the fact that he was scent-marking repeatedly as he moved through the grasslands may suggest that he is looking to push East. The Kashane male has clashed with the Makhotini male before, but it remains to be seen if he will become a more frequent visitor to Londolozi.
Video footage from Marriane Wolf – Londolozi guest
Photographs by Vladmir Tisma (Londolozi guest) and Mike Sutherland
Written by James Tyrrell