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marinda drake
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So sad. Saw her last year in September catching a duiker. An amazing experience to cherish. May she spend her last days in peace

Brian C
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Mike, another well written- but sad- update. I hope DRB ‘s magnificent life ends on her terms. It would be wonderful if her beautiful young daughter kept territory on Londolozi

maxine gaines
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Hi Mike.
Thanks so much for the update.
Makes me feel sad, as I have known Dudley Riverbank since her and her brother
were born. Spent so many happy, privileged hours watching her play as a
cub, in the huge Mahogany trees on Dudley Riverbank with her mom and her
brother. My best leopard memories of all time in my ten years at
Londoz. But don’t write her off so quickly. As you know, She comes
from a lineage of long lived females who were real fighters! I saw Three Four
recover from some serious injuries as she got older when everyone else was
saying she would never make it. Having said that I must say that Three Four had
the benefit of two daughters (Nottens and Dudley Riverbank) in close
proximity to her in her final days and lived out her last year or two in what
had become their territories. (hard fought for by her and her mother (Tugwaan)
before her) So she was fairly safe from territorial clashes with other
leopards. As you point out Dudley Riverbank does not have this luxury. Do you
know where her daughter holds territory. Does she have a territory closeby? It
would be interesting to see if she moves into her daughters territory. Perhaps
that is where she has been when you thought she was gone???? Would love to know
the answers. Leopards are so enigmatic and secretive, even ones as habituated
as the amazing Londolozi leopards. I love Dudley Riverbank so much. She is
like my leopard sister as I always called her mom my Leopard Mother. She taught
me more about life than anyone or anything I know! Please keep us updated and I
hope to all my heart that you are wrong about Dudley Riverbank and that she has
a couple more years of leopard life in her! XXXX

S.w. Tsang
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this is so sad and as a human being , i do feel so bad for her . and this is NOT the way i want to have during my last days on earth nor do i wish on any living creatures unless they are so cruel and evil killers of man and beasts and convicted child molesters. wishing her the very best for whatever time this grand old lady has on earth.

S.w. Tsang
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SHE REMINDS ME OF A DOCUMENTARY ON THE LEOPARD , INDIAN LEOPARD RAISED BY A MAN . SO SHE GREW UP IN HIS COMPOUND WHICH WAS AT THE EDGE OF A NATURAL RESERVE . SHE DID ACCOMPANIED HIM WHENEVER HE WENT TO THE WILD. APPARENTLY SHE WAS ALLOWED TO ROAM FREELY BECAUSE WHEN SHE BECAME ADULT AND MATURE, SHE GAVE BIRD TO 2 CUBS.

SHE NURSED THEM FOR A WHILE UNTIL ONE DAY SHE PICKED UP ONE CUB AND LEFT THE COMPOUND. THE MAN DECIDED TO FOLLOW HER AFTER HER RETURN AND WAS ABOUT TO PICK UP HER LAST CUB . WITH A CAMERA , THIS MAN FILMED THE CAT’S MOVEMENT. WITH HER BABY CUB IN HER MOUTH, SHE WENT ON A TOUR IN THE COMPOUND TO VISIT ALL HER FAVORITE PLACES LIKE THE KITCHEN WHEN SHE WAS A CUB . THE FILM SHOWED HER LEAP FROM A BALCONY TO ANOTHER WITH A CUB IN HER MOUTH. SHE TOOK A TOUR WITH THE CUB.

AFTERWARD WITH HER CUB, SHE WAITED BY THE RIVER WHICH SEPERATED THE COMPOUND AND THE RESERVE. THE REASON WAS SHE AND THIS MAN ALWAYS WAITED FOR SOMEONE TO ROW THE BOAT TO CROSS TO THE RESERVE. THE BOAT ROWING PERSON APPEARED AND TOOK THE MOTHER WITH CUB TO THE RESERVE.

THE MAN WAS MAKING COMMENTS THE WHOLE TIME . AND IT WAS HIS LEOPARD LOOKED LIKE SHE WAS BIDDING EVERYONE IN THE COMPOUND AND HER BELOVED PLACES GOOD BYE FOR THE LAST TIME.

AND HE WAS RIGHT ! HE DID TRACK HER AND THE CUB DOWN. BUT AFTER A MAJOR RAIN, HE LOST HER TRACK AND THE DEN WHICH NATURALLY THE LEOPARDESS HAD MOVED TO A HIGHER GROUND.

IN SHORT, I HAVE LEARNED HIGHLY DEVELOPED ANIMALS LIKE LEOPARD OR ANY BIG OR SMALL CAT HAVE NOT ONLY FEELINGS THEY ALSO HAVE SOME KIND OF HIGHER EMOTIONS OR LONGING FOR THE PLACES THEY CALL HOME ! I SAW A LIONESS’S ENJOYING A SUNSET UNTIL WE, THE TOURISTS SHATTERED HER ENJOYMENT OF PEACE AND THE SCENERY.

THERE IS MUCH MORE IN THEIR BRAINS THAN WE HATE TO ACKNOWLEDGE. THIS WAY WE CAN BE CARELESS AND THOUGHTLESS AND GUILT FREE WHEN WE CHOOSE NOT TO BE FAIR OR HELPFUL

MJ Bradley
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Thank you for the update on the Dudley female.. She was a lovely lady. I remember when Safari was older (she lived to 18) she would hang out around the Djuma area where her daughter Karula still has territory.. She disappeared one day and that was then end of her era..Shortly after her prefferd mate Mufufanyane also passed.. Two wonderful leopards who let a lasting legacy, as did the Dudley female..
May he last journey be a peaceful one.

Dave Finkle
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Mike,
Thanks for a great week, it was a privilege to see this remarkable leopard in the sunset of her sunset. Your article is a wonderful tribute to a beautiful creature.

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