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Anderson 4:4 Male

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Pete Thorpe

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Pete was a Field Guide for Londolozi for 4 years, contributing to the blog as a fantastic writer as well as photographer. Right from his very first bush trip at the age of four, Pete was always enthralled by this environment. Having grown ...

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Hi Pete, great article and pictures!
I love reading about the Anderson male, he is a firm favourite Leopard of mine.
However when people say he is big do you guys have a comparison or an approximate weight to put it into perspective for those of us not lucky enough to have seen him in the flesh (I hope to some day)

Hi Andrew,

It is always difficult to judge the size of an animal without a reference. In this sighting, we were lucky enough to have the Nhlanguleni female as a size reference. The Nhlanguleni female is an average sized female, probably weighing in around 45-55kg. We estimate the Anderson male’s weight to be about 80-90 kg.

Hi Pete, thanks for getting back to me!
Im in that weight bracket too, so that gives me the answer!
He really is a stunning looking animal! thanks again!
Take care!

Wow! What an amazing sighting you had. Not only the large Anderson male lounging in the tree with his fresh kill, but the witnessing of him peeing on the hyena’s head. Priceless!! The topping of the drive was the mating of these two stunning felines. Pictures are are a wonderful lesson of continued survival in the wild. Here’s to the hope of new cubs.


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Oh lucky guests…

How exciting! Loved the urination story! Poor hyena must have thought there was a lot of pollution in that rainfall! Watching leopards mating is a true privilege! Thanks for sharing!

What an amazing drive and sighting. Thrilling and memorable.

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What an amazing sighting! Thank you for sharing you little piece of paradise!

You guys are so lucky five trips and at least 10 drives looking for the Anderson and never seen him. Maybe New Year we will be lucky too ?

Knew it was the Anderson male as soon I saw that cover photo! How big is he exactly??

It’s very hard to say Callum. A lot of research done on the height and weight of leopards is done in areas where the animals are darted. Because that does not happen here we really can’t be sure. He is a very big leopard though!

That makes sense, I’ve never heard of that kind of research being done at Sabi Sands. Would I be on the right track in assuming that he could be roughly 65-70 kgs?

I only got around to reading your blog now Pete. Incredible sightings. Never a dull moment in the bush. Hillarious to read about the leopard urinating on the hyena.

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