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Tamboti 4:3 Female

Tamboti 4:3 Female

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Piva 3:2 Male

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Amy Attenborough


Amy worked at Londolozi from 2014 to 2017, guiding full time before moving into the media department, where her photographic and story-telling skills shone through. Her deep love of all things wild and her spiritual connection to Africa set her writing and guiding ...

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Amazing photos Ames!
My favourite has to be the Piva male hunkering down watching the giraffes and wildebeest in the distance!!

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Wonderful photos, I especially thought the crocs and the leopard cubs were real wall candy. For many visitors once in a lifetime shots

Thanks Ian. The photo of the crocodiles is rather hilarious hey? I had never seen crocodiles acting in what appears to be a rather affectionate way. All my best, Amy

Wow, Amy, these are beautiful photos! I love leopards, so the cub photos are particularly gorgeous! Thanks for sharing!

Thanks Darlene. They’d have to be a firm favourite of mine too. All my best, Amy

Beautiful, amazing photos Amy. You have a great eye and I really appreciate your adding the settings you used. The leopard cub photos are priceless- they’re irresistible. Also found the picture of the leopard trying to keep a low profile in the midst of the giraffe DT al brilliant. Wish I was there v

Thanks so much Denise! I don’t know if you’re aware but that photograph was of the Piva male who sadly died a few days after that post was published. Here is a link to the blog if you’d like more information. Best, Amy

So fun to see Tamboti’s cubs! The last time we saw her she was VERY pregnant. So special….

Fingers crossed she has better luck this time Mary Beth! We know that she mated with the Inyatini male so let’s hope the death of the Piva male leopard doesn’t affect the chances of her cubs. Many thanks, Amy


Hi Ken. The Spartas were seen very briefly along the Sand river in a portion between us and Mala Mala. They only popped on for a day, following a herd of buffalo. The Styx were also seen on our boundary with one of the Birmingham males for a day in our north eastern corner. And yes, the Tsalala’s have gone their separate ways and since the surprise arrival of the Matshipiri male for a day seem to have been able to steer clear of any males. Thanks for your interest. Cheers, Amy

Can someone please tell me what the ratio following the name means, e.g., Piva 3:2 male? Thanks!

Hi Jazz. It refers to a spot pattern on their faces that we use for identification purposes. Specifically the highest line on their cheek, read from left to right if the animal is facing you. Although different individuals may have the same number of spots, the shape, size etc will always differ from animal to animal meaning that it’s a very reliable way of telling them apart. Many thanks, Amy

I’ve heard rumors that reports out of Mala mala state that the Piva male is dead, mauled by lions. Is this true?

Hi Chris. Sadly the reports are true. The Piva male was found dead in Mala Mala yesterday. We will be posting a blog soon with all the details. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news. Many thanks, Amy

RIP Piva one of ort top sighting was him mating with the Mashaba female with her daughter Nkoveni watching at the end of the runway. Think you were there Amy? This will make raising her cubs all the more difficult. Was she seen mating with any of the other males ?

Mike, we do know that Mashaba mated with both the Inyatini and Flat Rock males. We’re pretty sure that the Nkoveni female mated with the Flat Rock male but we’re not sure about Inyatini so we’ll have to hope that the Flat Rock male moves into that portion Piva’s territory for the safety of those cubs. Many thanks, Amy

firstly I want to say how sorry I am to all the rangers and guests that were lucky enough to see him, about the passing of the Piva male. He was one of my favourite leopards and I love that this photo shows him in such a beautiful light.
I don’t want to admit that he has gone far too soon, but I look forward to reading what I am sure will be a beautiful farewell to him in the next blog.
best wishes and deepest sympathies to you all

Thank you Andrew! That was the very last photograph I ever took of him. Crazy to think that it was just a few days ago and that when we left him that morning, we never imagined it would be for the last time. Here is a link to our post on the Piva male in case you missed it. Thanks again, Amy

Hi Amy, I read it as soon as I saw it was out on Instagram.
Lovely tribute to an amazing animal!

Ok good! Thanks Andrew 🙂

Amazing pictures you have there.The tsalala pride just excite me.Thank you for the article and the pictures.You’re very skillful,the elephant eye in close range is a very impressive picture and all the others.When a picture brings out many thoughts and almost valid conclusion i.e. Elephants have a calm nature,then the photographer is approaching a very dangerous awesome level.Good post Amy.

Thanks so much Eulalia!

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