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Mashaba 3:3 Female

Mashaba 3:3 Female

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James Tyrrell

Photographic Guide/Media Team

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 Do Leopards Mate in Secret?

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Cameron James
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In several shots it appears a vehicle is quite close to the mating pair. How does this impact their efforts?

James Tyrrell
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Hi Cameron,
A very valid question.
It doesn’t impact them at all. In the photos in which the vehicle is very close, the leopards approached the vehicle, not the other way around. The rangers are well aware of the boundaries they must not cross when approaching animals, and any shot in which animals are in close proximity, the animal has taken it upon itself to go closer.
Most leopards in the reserve have seen the Game Drive vehicles since they were very young, and as we are very sensitive driving near them when they are cubs, they grow up realising the vehicles pose no threat and accept our presence there.
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Callum Evans
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Incredible sighting! Hopefully one day I’ll be able to have one like that!

Susanna
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Please would you post again how the leopards are identified by spots ratio? Many thanks for everything

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