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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

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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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on The Week in Pictures #296

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James Tyrrell
Photographic Guide/Media Team

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

Ian Hall
Senior Digital Ranger

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

Amy Attenborough
Media Team

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

Darlene Knott
Senior Digital Ranger

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

Amy Attenborough
Media Team

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

Denise Vouri
Digital Tracker

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

Amy Attenborough
Media Team

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. http://blog.londolozi.com/2017/08/14/farewell-to-the-piva-male/. Best, Amy

Mary Beth Wheeler
Guest contributor

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

Amy Attenborough
Media Team

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

Ken Tobin
Explorer

WHEN/ WHERE DID YOU SEE THE SPARTAS? HOW FAR INTO LONDOLOZI WERE THE STYX? I HOPE THE TSALALAS AVOID TROUBLE-
HAVE THE TSALALAS GONE THEIR SEPARATE WAYS? YOU GOTTA LOVE THE SOAP OPERA OF LION DYNAMICS….THANKS

Amy Attenborough
Media Team

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

Jazz Doc
Explorer

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

Amy Attenborough
Media Team

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

Chris Cordon
Explorer

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

Amy Attenborough
Media Team

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

Mike Ryan
Explorer

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 ?

Amy Attenborough
Media Team

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

Andrew Milne
Explorer

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
Andrew

Amy Attenborough
Media Team

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. http://blog.londolozi.com/2017/08/14/farewell-to-the-piva-male/. Thanks again, Amy

Andrew Milne
Explorer

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

Amy Attenborough
Media Team

Ok good! Thanks Andrew 🙂

Eulalia Angédu
Explorer

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.

Amy Attenborough
Media Team

Thanks so much Eulalia!

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