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Tatowa 3:3 Female

Tatowa 3:3 Female

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James Tyrrell


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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It is lovely to be able to go back in history and have good memories of what we have experienced. I sometimes read older posts on the blog to get an idea of what happened to a specific leopard or pride of lions. We were fortunate to view the Tatowa female with an Impala lamb kill. Unfortunately we did not see her cubs.

Hi Marinda,
When was this? Maybe the cubs were still too small to be taken to kills. Else sometimes if the kill is very small (like an impala lamb) the female won’t even bother bringing the cubs to it.
Best regards,

Hi James it was in the beginning of December last year. I think the cubs were seen in the afternoon at the kill. We saw the Tatowa female in the morning. It was a lovely sighting with the Impala mother running around close to the tree that the leopard was in looking for her baby.

Hi Marinda,

Wow, sounds pretty dramatic!

Very interesting blog James. Brings back memories for us also. We saw the Ximpalapala cubs in 2013 and were also lucky enough to see the Tatowa female this New Year for the first time. It was great to see how she has progressed.

Richard Houghton

Hi Richard,
Great that you got to see her as a cub! Was it up on the koppie?

We saw Mum and the cubs in the grasslands just to the SouthWest of the koppie as they were getting little bigger.

Wonderful blog entry, James! Leopards are my favorite. This beautiful female is a survivor extraordinaire! And her cubs are beautiful. So hopeful that they both survive! Thanks for checking the archives and coming up with this beautiful story of life in the Bush.

Nice story, James. The ability to follow these beautiful creatures over time sets Londolozi above & beyond other lodges We looked for Tatowa last year but no luck; perhaps in June…!

Hi Mary Beth,

She certainly is one of the harder leopards to find. Since she sometimes get seen for weeks, it’s difficult to know where to start looking!
June will be a good time to look for here as the bush will be a lot more open!
Best regards!

Senior Digital Ranger

Well James, I’ve only been following this blog for 2.5 years, starting prior to my visit to Londolozi in 2016. There’s no question that the blog adds to the experience of visiting Londolozi as visitors can, from afar, keep up with the goings on— the pride politics, cub births, etc. over long periods of time especially as they relate to sightings a visitor had on their own trip. One afternoon in May 2016 spent with the Mashaba female and yearling cub with an impala kill in a tree or a morning with the Matimba male lions and a Tsalala female with cubs gaurding a kudu kill, coming to this blog and reading about these actual individuals over time is like reconnecting with an old friend and reliving the experience. I’ve visited other camps in Africa and I haven’t seen anything close to the quality and frequency of updates of the Londolozi blog so I appreciate what yourself and your colleagues do. Will be back for a second visit in a few months and am taking notes ; )

Hi Phil,
Thanks very much for your kind words!
You’ll be pleased to know the Mashaba yearling you saw in 2016 is alive and well and was seen this morning on a vervet monkey kill.

Don’t take too many notes before your next visit! Just let things pan out the way they are meant to, without any expectations on your part, and I promise you will have a much more rewarding experience!! 😉


Beautiful story,James.The Tatowa female is a survivor,good to see her doing well.I was wondering,do you know if the cub of the Nhlanguleni female is still alive and is the Nanga female the one who has 2 young cubs?

Hi Alex (I have a cousin called Alexander Hamilton!)

We don’t know if the Nhlanguleni cub is still alive. We see the female so infrequently as it is. She was seen on a kill not too long a go but it didn’t look as though the cub was there, although having said that, the area was very thick, and judging by how skittish the cub was when first viewed, it could very well have been there, just hiding somewhere close by.
And yes it is the Nanga female who has two small cubs, although they’re currently being denned atop a Koppie with minimal viewing potential.

Best regards

Your writing skills are so impressive! But most of all what is most noteworthy in your blogs is your love for these amazing leopards! Just love reading your blogs and the love you have for Londolozi and these gorgeous cats and all the animals there!

Wonderful blog James!! Leopards are my favorite animal and I long to see cubs. Perhaps my next trip……

Hi Denise,
Fingers crossed!!! 🙂

She really is an incredible leopard!

Awesome heart warming post!!!!! ♥️♥️

James, It is so awesome that you have all the data AND personal history with so many of the leopards. We always pray for the cubs and hope these make it!

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