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Simon Smit

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Simon boasts almost five years of guiding, two of them at Londolozi. His photographic work was already catching the eye of the team here for a long time before he joined the reserve, and he was asked to contribute to the blog literally ...

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on Mashaba’s latest litter, LOST.

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Arden A. Zalman
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Leopards were mating all over the place the 1st time I was in Londolozi—2010. Second time, 3/13–saw Mashaba’s young female who I am so happy to see in your blogs. Who know what I will witness in September. Can’t wait.

Wendy0210
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The bush is full of surprises, both happy & sad. We all know that the law of cats that a male who is not the father of them will kill to get to the mother, so let us hope that she will be able to raise this next litter to adulthood then you can share that joy with us! Thank you Simon for the write-up & to you both for the beautiful pictures & video

S.w. Tsang
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Sad indeed

Jill Grady
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I’m really sorry to hear of the loss of the cubs. Such a tragedy. We were at Londolozi in Sept. and were so privileged to see two different leopard mothers with a cub each. They were so beautiful and we could have sat there all day and watched them, they were just incredible. Thank you for the blog Simon and the fantastic photographs Simon and James!

Brian C
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Sad news for Mashaba. She is very young and has done so well to have successfully raised one daughter to independence already. It is a tough job being a parent but especially for leopard mothers! Male leopards, lions, hyenas and baboons are so dangerous to the cubs. Maybe before the end of the year you will have more wonderful photos of Mashaba with a new litter!

Jenifer Westphal
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Oh Simon, that’s so sad! I too hope more cubs are on the way….

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