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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 Male Leopard Sets up Territory South of the Sand River – What does this Mean for the Marthly Male?

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Marinda Drake
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Interesting leopard dynamics. Great pics

md
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Marthly male will not go without a good scrap.
A few weeks ago he still kicked Tu Tones ass over a warthog. Lamula/Gowrie male is not that massive so I expect he has to wait a little longer.

Gowrie male was pushed out by bigger males in the North, Mvula male and Tingana

Jill Grady
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I love the Marthly Male…so beautiful and regal, so I hope it is not the last we see of him Simon. I know it is nature but I find it so sad when the end of a reign comes and then one day we no longer see them. Your photographs are all stunning and really show the Gowrie Male’s beautiful orange eyes.

Mary Beth Wheeler
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Does Gowrie have any Londolozi ancestors?

Brian C
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Very Interesting. The Gowrie male is being sighted less and less in his northern territory (off Londo). Would be great to see some more orange eyed leopards, right? However, I do think the Marthly male will not give up his territory without a fight.

Richard Allan
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Last August the Marthly male was the first leopard we saw at Londolozi and only our second ever. He came to a buffalo carcass after all the hyenas left and we then followed him as he patrolled his territory on a great bush drive. Later that day we saw Tu Tones on an impala and the next day witnessed Gowrie mating with the Tutlwa female.
7 months ago life seemed pretty good for these guys now all are under pressure.
Great following the dynamics of the bush thru the blog.

TED SWINDON
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HI SIMON,
I TRUST THAT YOU ARE WELL FRIEND. GREAT BLOG AND SOME VERY NICE SHOTS!
THIS IS VERY INTERESTING BUT NOT UNEXPECTED AS I HAVE HEARD FROM A FRIEND WHO VISITS THE LODGE TO THE NORTH THAT HE HAS BEEN UNDER A BIT OF PRESSURE FROM THE MALES IN THE NORTH!
THE LEOPARD DYNAMICS WHICH WILL DEVELOPE ARE INTRIGUING AND I WILL BE BACK IN JULY FOR 10 NIGHTS TO HOPEFULLY WITNESS SOME OF THESE DYNAMICS.
HOW MUCH INFORMATION HAS BEEN GATHERED REGARDING THE POSSIBILITY OF THE NANGA FEMALE CUB/S IF ANY? I AM VERY INTERESTED TO HEAR WHETHER THERE IS ANY NEWS REGARDING THE CUBS WHICH WE SAW IN FEBRUARY!
KEEP WELL AND HOPE THAT YOU WILL BE AROUND FROM THE 16TH JULY?
KIND REGARDS, TED.

Rich Laburn
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Thank you for the update Simon, its so great to see this Male continue to go from Strength to strength. I believe the Marthly male will put up a fight, however so long as the Campan Male becomes less dominant in south central Londoz, the Marthly male may just allow himself to drift into this old territory of Camp Pans.

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