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on A Tribute to a True Conservationist: We say Goodbye to the Tu Tones Leopard

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Marinda Drake
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I am feeling so sad right now. Pinky was such a great leopard and so much part of our lives. We had a great sighting of him and Camp pan together on a Impala kill. He was injured then as well, in a scuffle with Camp Pan over the kill. It was always awesome to hear all the stories, and hoping to catch a glimpse of him. Will always remember him.

Blair S
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Never got the chance too see him but he was a real favourite of mine too follow the life of online like his Father and Brother. I will miss him alot. He went too early. RIP.

Mary Beth Wheeler
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In May 2010, we saw Tu Tones, his brother and his mother all resting in a thicket after partially consuming an impala, the remains of which were on the ground in their midst. Suddenly, out of the drainage, appeared a large hyena! Before the 3 knew what happened, the hyena made a quick grab fur the carcass and ran off with it. All 3 leopards stared at the place where their meal had disappeared, amazed it seemed. Then the 2 brothers split right and left and headed into the brush after the culprit. We circled round in time to see a tug of war between Pinky and the hyena, with the leopard grabbing a chunk and quickly heading up a tree! We watched as the hyena made a quick meal of his ilk-gotten gain while Pinky watched from his perch. It was an amazing drama to watch!

SAL
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what a fabulous leopard…we spent many hours delighted by his company…and entertained by his antics. we first met him when he encountered his dad, Camp Pan ,one dusk and their interaction was respectful, no hissing or snarling. and from that moment on he was a joy to behold and a wonderful leopard to view. he will be deeply missed.

David Bourceraud
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Beautiful tribute and photos Andrea. It is always sad to loose a leopard but it is the cycle of life… Thank you for sharing this.

Leslie Backus
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I was privileged to be one of the first humans to see Pinky in October of 2008. Our guide, Sandros told us to be very quiet and soon out popped this little leopard with huge eyes and a pink nose from the rocks. The den site had just recently been found and we saw Mom come out to go hunting. We couldn’t stay long but it was one of my most memorable moments. RIP Pinky

Loretta Z
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My heart is breaking. RIP young Prince.

JB
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We did not meet TuTones, but this post and these pictures express so much of what we loved about our time at Londolozi. Thank you for them.

Evette Hartig
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Helen, what an eloquent and fitting tribute. The passing of Tu Tones brings tears to my eyes and a heavy heart.

Arden Zalman
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Thank you, everyone, for your memories of Pinky. We saw him in 201o, he was a young one who gave us many clicks on our cameras. Yes, he has his own row on our wall. Sad, but understand the wheel of life. He will be remembered.

mike
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R.I.P. Pinky/Tu-Tones/Newington 🙁

Lewis Schneiderman
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I saw Tu-Tones in Sept 2014. He had a scar from a fight next to his right eye. He
It struck me in that he was a magnificent beautiful leopard. I am sad that he is gone.

Jos van Bommel
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We are sorry to hear about the death of “our Pinky”. The name he got when he was a tiny cub. We were privileged to see him grow to a magnificent leopard.
For years he gave us the most incredible photographic opportunities because he was such special leopard.
His picture is the eye-catcher of my business card.

Trevor Patrick
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In this time of real sadness I found comfort reading the wonderful stories about Tu Tones. Helen’s words are a glowing tribute to this amazing Leopard. It seems like Tu Tones enjoyed watching humans from what Tally wrote. At a drinks stop with Rich Ferrier a few years ago, Colleen and I were facing the Landy coffee in hand and Rich was looking over my shoulder. He said softly… “don’t get a fright, but just turn around slowly”. There 12 metres away lying on the side of the tracks was Tu Tones. He had clearly been there when we arrived but we had not seen him. When we turned around he seemed to realize he was busted and sat up and gave his usual yawn. Then after a few minutes he calmly got up and walked slowly into the bushes.

Bev Goodlace
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I am weeping as I write this and cannot see clearly through the tears. A special leopard who we last saw in November 2014 or January 2015, I do not remember which, lying next to the road a bit battered and beaten up and worse for wear. Beautiful leopard. Beautiful memories. Go well Tu Tones.

Brian C
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I did not have the privilege of seeing Tu-Tones, but followed his career from a distance. It is good to hear from people who viewed this fine, big, young leopard. He was gone too soon! It’s also a little sad to realize that Camp Pan outlived this son. RIP Tu-Tones!

Ed Hubbard
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One year ago today we left Londolozi after a marvelous week. A part of each of the last three days was spent with Tu Tones and I have hundreds of photos so I never forget what a wonderful privilege it was to share his life. I would post a photo, if I knew how.

Jill Grady
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I am feeling such sadness. Tu Tones was a beautiful Leopard and he will be greatly missed. Helen put it so beautifully into words and the photos are lovely….thank you for the moving tribute.

Laura Eberly
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What a wonderful Ambassador for his species he was . If only each of us could be as special for ours as he was for his, how much better this place we all call Mother Earth would be.

Marc G
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Sad news.
Goodbye Tu Tones,you will be missed.

MJ
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I am so sad to hear of one of our beautiful leopards dying.. He was a handsome boy and my favorite photo was of him with his father Camp Pan and the Tamboti female.. Sorry we lost him so young.. Thank you for the wonderful tribute.. He has created many wonderful memories.

Steve Gordon
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Wonderful memories of Tu Tones, who graciously shared his life and world with us for a memorable hour last September, bloodied with the scars of overnight battle (Photo on my blog:http://blog.londolozi.com/2014/11/beyond-the-big-5-our-londolozi-experience/) with a deep bleeding laceration on his forehead. Ranger Tom felt he wouldn’t live too much longer and he was right. Saddened that we will never meet this great warrior again

Dale Pedersen
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The first Leopard we met during our visit in February 2014. Easily my most vivid memory of our five days at Londolozi. A wonderful fellow.

Dani Nash
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So moving – we had the privilege of seeing Tu Tones in March this year. He walked within a few metres of the vehicle and lay down next to us. He was magnificent (the first big cat we’d seen) despite a lot of ticks, a cut on his leg and being a little underweight. After a while, he slowly walked off down a track but just before he disappeared he turned and seemed to look directly at us before plodding away into the bush. At the time, we all felt like he was saying goodbye to us – which feels so much more profound and heartbreaking now.

Wendy Hawkins
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What a beautiful tribute to a magnificent Male Leopard. May he RIP knowing that he has left behind his legacy to continue as young blood into the future! Thank you Londolozi guys & guests for all the stunning pictures you have posted of him for us bloggers to enjoy 🙂 <3

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