The Piva young male and his focus on the south eastern stretches of Londolozi grow more and more day by day. The promising territory offered by the steep drainage lines of the Maxabene and Tugwaan systems provide great cover while the large open clearings hold many impala to tempt even the most well fed leopard. These factors and the allure of access to prominent females continue to draw him in.
There are a few females in this area that he would potentially come into contact with. The most prevalent and sexually receptive female at the moment would be the Tamboti female. She has just forced the Tamboti young female (her daughter) into independence and has recently been seen mating with the male in question. The Mashaba young female is slowly heading toward sexually maturity as is the Dudley Riverbank young female and these along with one or two other females would be a very tempting prospect if the Piva male could manage to find his way around the large dominant males in the area.
The two males that are in area that potentially would cause a threat other than the male discussed in the last update on the Piva male would be the Marthly male and the Tu Tones male. At present though these two males seem to be more concentrated on one another than anything else. With a recent fight over a warthog kill and then not even a week later another set of blows they seem to be taking care of the Piva male’s problem of competitors in the area for him. If push came to shove the Piva male’s impressive size and youth would weigh heavily in his favour.
The brilliant genes passed on by his large, and in his time, very dominant father the Mhangeni male and the Piva female (distant descendant of the Mother Leopard) he has good backing and should hang onto the territory he has in his sight for many years to come. We will continue to watch with huge anticipation as this young male settles into his prime.
What do you think about this new male’s entrance and do you think the older males will peacefully bow out?
Written and photographed by Simon Smit