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James Tyrrell

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James had hardly touched a camera when he came to Londolozi, but his writing skills that complemented his Honours degree in Zoology meant that he was quickly snapped up by the Londolozi blog team. An environment rich in photographers helped him develop the ...

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on Is the Maliliwane Female Dead?

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Leslie
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Do you know if this females is known as Ostrich Koppies females elsewhere? If so, I believe she also raised a male cub from 2014 who is seen there. Last reported seen Feb 26. I have tried to follow the Ostrich Koppies female since I first saw her at about 9 months old. I believe her mother was Campbell Koppies female. If she did indeed finally raise two cubs that would be wonderful!

Wendy MacNicol
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That’s such a sad little story, James. Let’s hope this youngster will survive and be able to have litters as well.
It is a hard life in the Bush, isn’t it? Wendy

MJ
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So sad to hear of a loss of one of our leopards.. Recently in the more northern part of SS, the Kwatile Leopard was seen in extremely poor condition on the top of a termite mound.. It is thought she is now gone and of course without her the two young cubs would not survive. I hope Maliliwane’s daughter lives a long and fruitful life.

Blair S
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No she’s Kwatile in the north

James Tyrrell
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MJ that is correct from Blair; the Maliliwane female is known as Kwatile in the northern parts of the Sabi Sand.

Leslie
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Thanks for letting me know.

Brian C
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Leslie– Ostrich Koppies (b 2004) is Maliliwane’s(b 2007) older sister. They share a territorial boundary on the MM side (to the east). When Campbell Koppies/Ntima (mom) was alive all 3 shared territorial boundaries and had some interesting interactions— I am worried about OK female as she has not been seen since the end of 2015 by MM (her independent son is still around, sort of like what happened with Vomba). It would be a sad day if both daughters of Campbell Koppies are gone.

Brian C
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Things appeared to be going well for her in the last year at least as far as what had been posted …I heard (second hand) a snake bite was most likely cause of her sudden and rather shocking demise
Maliliwane or Kwatile (or Mlowathi female) made me laugh more than any other leopard and now her probable death is making me rather sad. Here is a link to some video “Golden Kwatile” of her rolling in buffalo dung (with obvious delight). The ranger narrating seems to be a former Londolozi ranger who notes her pale golden coat and a resemblance to Vomba (her aunt):

http://wildearth.tv/videomark/golden-kwatile

Of course Mashaba and Tutlwa are her cousins… Although there are few posts/photos of Maliliwane/Kwatile on the Londo site, one of the best was by Rich Laburn and a guest in August 2011. It featured Maliliwane/Kwatile with her first cub, a male. It’s a little confusing because at that time she was known as Campbell Koppies Young Female. The cub was sired by Emswagen (according to MM or Arathusa or both, I have to go thru my downloads for the references). She nearly got him to independence. If he had lived, he would have been half brother of Anderson male. Anyway the photos are outstanding—

http://blog.londolozi.com/2011/08/the-campbell-koppies-female-and-cub/

The Queen of the Borders with many aliases is no more!

Leslie
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Brian, thank you for that info. I knew she hadn’t been seen for a while. She was a beauty. I’ll be hoping that her cub continues to do OK.

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