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Sean Cresswell

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Sean is one of the humblest rangers you are likely to meet. Quietly going about his day, enriching the lives of the many guests he takes out into the bush, it is only when he posts a Week in Pictures or writes an ...

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on Leopard Update: Male Dynamics

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Cameron
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How’s the matimba males doing

James Tyrrell
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They’re fine Cameron. They were seen together to the North of the Londolozi camps this morning.

Ian Hall
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It is a saying “That the only constant is change”

MJ Bradley
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Loved the blog on the male leopards. It is sad to see some pass into memory, but then we rejoice to see the younger generation make their mark. There are some very impressive males and I hope they all do well..

Ezequiel Almada
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What an amazing article.

With Airstrip gone, Maxabeni(Makhotini) is one of my favourite males. A very dominant mlae, and also a great father, like his pop was before him.

Cynthia House
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What a fascinating read, I so look forward to these stories of the dynamics of animal life at Londolozi. It’s almost like being there for me.

Krishna Gailey
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Sean, loved your story on the current hierachy of the Londolozi leopards. So pleased to see that Campan has such a strong influence still in londolozi.He is legendary.

Alex
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Interesting developments in central and southern Londolozi, but in the north Anderson male has no competition.I think that by the end of the year he will dominate most of Marthly.

James Tyrrell
Photographic Guide/Media Team

Hi Alex,
I think a large number of the rangers and trackers here would agree with you…

Jill Larone
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He’s a beautiful Leopard, just as his father was, with his rich, golden coat. It seems fitting that he is back on Londolozi, where he grew up and taking over his father’s territory.

Bev Goodlace
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Thanks for the update Sean. Camp Pan was a great favourite of ours – happy memories of the many hours spent in his company. So looking forward to catching up with all the new developments at Londolozi at the end of the month.

Erwin
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Can I ask about the disappearance of the Maxabeni 3:2/ Tu-Tones male. When he disappeared, the blogs gleaned over the reason but never explicitly stated how he died. I know that he fought a lot with other males, did he simply succumb to his injuries?

Also, although the Cam Pan male was a large male (evident by his lioness sized pads), the Maxabeni female was a very small female. How large is the Maxabeni 3:3/ Makhotini male compared to his competition?

Thanks in advance!

James Tyrrell
Photographic Guide/Media Team

Hi Erwin,

The body of the Tu-Tones male was discovered to the east of our boundary in Mala Mala. He was in an extremely emaciated condition the last time he was seen, and judging by tracks in the area, it is believed that he was killed by a troop of baboons, but without anyone actually witnessing his death it’s impossible to say for sure.

As far as the Makhotini male goes, he is a large male, clearly having inherited his father’s genes. As for his competition, the Inyathini male and Piva males are both large individuals as well, probably similarly so, and it is believed the Makhotini male has been fighting with the Inyathini male recently, judging by fresh cuts and scrapes that both males have sustained on their faces.

Andrew
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Hi James, I hope you are keeping well! I am an avid reader of the blog and have decided to start commenting to get a better and deeper understanding of the leopard dynamics at Londolozi! My wife and I are looking to visit in the near future and it has always been a dream of mine to see a leopard in the wild!
Bit of a side note, but I will try and post nearer the time, I found a couple of pictures taken by Amy of the Tamboti female and they were stunning, so ive decided to get one of the images tattooed on to my leg as part of a sleeve!
Please keep up the fantastic work and I hope one day to get to the reserve and meet some of the team!

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