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on Family Reunion: Camp Pan, Tamboti and Cub

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Justin
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Nice sighting Si! Had 4 together on numerous occasions in the reaches of the northern sands! Rad sighting though!

Rich Laburn
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Incredible stuff – ive been lucky enough to see three together with the Maxabeni young males and their mother, the Maxabeni female together a number of times.

Simon
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That’s awesome Rich, can you recall what they were doing?

Kate Collins
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They were with their mother most of the time, however I recall them catching a duiker and hoisting it up a tree whilst it was still alive- http://blog.londolozi.com/2009/09/young-mxabene-leopard-attempts-first-hunt/

Alan R
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Outstanding!!

Lynn Rattray
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In September we viewed the Camp Pan male with a mother and cub…male, I believe. I’m not sure which one. He had stolen their kill, but was hanging out with them and was very tolerant of the cub pouncing on him. The cub played with both Dad and Mom. It was an amazing sighting. Miss it all!

Arden Zalman
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Human families should get along as good as these beautiful leopards. So good to see the Camp Pan Male doing his job as all good men should be doing. Fantastic footage. Thank you so much.

Mary Beth Wheeler
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In May 2010, also with JV, we saw the Nyelethi female and her 3 youngsters – but only in close proximity, not interacting. This sighting was so, so special! We saw this cub with her little brother last May, so tiny – and now so grown up!

Marie de Kock
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thank you, will share!

Raihan.T
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A rare sighting. I once had a sighting of five leopards in one area. A female leopard with two cubs about 6 months old, another leopard with them, most probably a sibling from the previous litter. There was an impala carcass stashed low on the fork of a tree not far from them and below, down in the dry riverbed was a male leopard walking a few paces then crouching and staring into the reeds. Looked like he was intimidated by something. After a while he made his way up the riverbank and settled beneath the tree with the carcass. This was in the Kruger, about 2km from Lower Sabie. I saw all of this in half a meter of space between two vehicles. The previous day I saw a mother leopard with two cubs around a similar age, probably a month older in the Timbavati region of the park. I hope I will be fortunate to enjoy more sightings similar to these ones.

Evette Hartig
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We spent some time early last September with these three together. I have some great shots of the Tamboti Cub attacking Camp Pans tail and pouncing on his head. Since the three of them had been feeding on an impala the two adults wanted to rest more than run around, but the cub wanted to play, it was a touching sight! We were lucky on that sighting to also see Camp Pan hoist the impala into a tree. Never a dull moment at Londolozi!

Sauwah
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W ow? He is one tolerant male ! They are so beautiful !

MJ Bradley
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I remember the family gatherings between Karula, Yambilu Jordaan and cubs.. Karula even left the cubs in the care of thier father while she went hunting.. It is amazing how little we really know about these secretive cats.

Simon
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MJ that’s incredible. It would be interesting to see more of this behavior and if it ever got to the point where Camp Pan would be left with the cub. Did you witness any other extraordinary behavior with those cats? You are so right, we are continuously learning about these cats everyday.

Judy Guffey
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Leopard eyes…….beautiful. Thanks for the new posts daily….and with video and sound I can feel like I’m in the vehicle with you. Mahalo.

Bader
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There was a sighting at Londolozi of 4 leopards, which was featured on a recent episode of Nat Geo Caught in the Act. Actually I just saw that episode yesterday. It was two males fighting to mate with a female who was watching the fight and then a 3rd male appeared and just sat down and started watching too.

Zoe
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Fabulous!! I do miss Londos and its leopards! Hope I get to see Camp Pan again!! Can’t wait to get back in the bush!

Jo Lynne Jones
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What happened to the second cub? On our last drive in May, 2013, Enoch found Camp Pan with a kill. When we moved closer, Tamboti was there with two cubs. Camp Pan tolerated them within limits. The cubs antics in trying to follow their mother up to the kill were happily recorded. Four leopards together was astonishing. Good to know he is even more tolerant now.

david wylde
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brilliant footage thankyou

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