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Ximungwe 5:3 Female

Ximungwe 5:3 Female

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Flat Rock 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 What Happens When Two Female Leopards Want The Same Male?

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Mike Ryan
Explorer

This is a great blog Amy. You may really recall we saw almost the same behaviour this time last year at the end of the runway with their Mother Mashaba mating with the Piva male and the Nkoveni looking on. It seemed as though Nkoveni was almost asking permission from the mother to move in but this was not given and she would not tolerate it. However the Nkoveni has tolerated her sister.

Amy Attenborough
Media Team

Yes Mike, you’re absolutely right!! So interesting how the lives of these animals intersect!

Prem Wilson
Explorer

WoW!! So awesome 3 Leopards are all together be cool…. I love my favorite Leopards! Thank you for the update and great video Londolozi

Amy Attenborough
Media Team

Thanks Prem!!

Marinda Drake
Master Tracker

It sounds like a soap opera Amy. It just show that there is always something different to see that you do not usually expect in the bush.

Amy Attenborough
Media Team

True Marinda! What was your most unusual sighting during your stay a few days back?

Marinda Drake
Master Tracker

Amy we had a wonderful time at Londolozi. The Tambotie female and her male cub was one of the best leopard sightings we had in a long time. Got wonderful video footage of the cub stalking and playing with his mother. The cheetah in the open areas was another fantastic sighting.

Amy Attenborough
Media Team

So glad to hear it Marinda! Look forward to having you back!

Darlene Knott
Senior Digital Ranger

How very interesting, Amy! I cannot imagine how tired the male got! Hoping there are cubs soon. Thanks for sharing, Amy.

Amy Attenborough
Media Team

True Darlene 🙂 Luckily it seems he was with both the females for just one full day that we know of…

Joanne Wadsworth Kelley
Digital Tracker

Just when one thinks they’ve seen it all! Although rarely seen, the real reasons for the females tolerating each other’s presence certainly may be the reasons you’ve given…also it’s the season and those primal urges become primary. For me this was personal since the young Mashaba 5:3 is my very favorite! She is now on her own, staking a territory and mating….wonderful to see life unfold for her successfully! Very interesting blog and video, Amy.

Amy Attenborough
Media Team

Thanks Joanne! So glad to hear she is your favourite. We have actually been talking as a team about how she will need to be re-named shortly because of all this territorial behaviour. We’ll keep you posted!

Denise Vouri
Master Tracker

That’s an amazing video Amy. I’ve only ever seen lions mating and it was one male and female- three leopards is incredible, especially when two sisters are involved. It will be interesting to see if both sisters end up with cubs…. will the Flat Rock male accept all the cubs?

You have the best job!! Until your next adventure……

Amy Attenborough
Media Team

Hi Denise! Thanks so much! Ya he definitely would. The male is not at all concerned that the females are rivals, he is only concerned that the maximum number of the females in his territory sire his cubs. 🙂

Mary Beth Wheeler
Guest contributor

What an amazing sighting, Amy! If she has cubs, will that be the first for the Mashaba Young Female?

Amy Attenborough
Media Team

Thanks Mary Beth! Yes, it would be. She is still a young leopard only aged 2,5. We will actually be renaming her soon due to all her mating and territorial behaviour…

Henry Kago
Explorer

… I really wonder what would happen if another male chances upon the 3 mating leopards; I know a male fight would ensue but would the 2 females stick around to wait for the outcome ??

Amy Attenborough
Media Team

Yes, I think that’s probably what would happen Henry. It’s such an unusual scenario that I imagine the females would be just as interested in the outcome as you are 🙂

Callum Evans
Guest contributor

To see a wild leopard is extraordinary enough but to see three adult leopards together and mating has to be one of the most incredible things one can experience on a safari!! Unbelievable!!

I was actually lucky enough to encounter a leopard myself today, but in one of the most unlikely places: on foot in Disa Kloof at Harold Porter Botanical Gardens!! I was walking along the path by myself and the leopard was right there 7 metres ahead. In a split second it turned and ran up the cliff. The fact that I saw a Cape leopard so close is still taking time to sink in!!

Amy Attenborough
Media Team

That is amazing Callum! I’m so excited for you!!

Callum Evans
Guest contributor

ThankS Amy, it was absolutely unbelievable and a bit nerve-wracking, considering I was 7 metres away from a leopard on foot!

Michael & Terri Klauber
Digital Tracker

Just goes to show that leopard and lion drama is much more exciting than all those “housewives” reality shows on TV! 😉

Amy Attenborough
Media Team

Haha true that Michael and Terri!

Judy Hayden
Explorer

Talk about have your cake and eat it to!!!! I think I saw that type of behavior on the beach one day. LOL. Mating is a lot shorter than I thought. Great video. The females know that that is their jobs to produce off spring. They are all just awww inspiring beauty. Love this

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