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The Mashaba young female is one of my favourite leopards as is her mother. Is the south west not the open areas? Are there any drainage lines where she can establish a territory?

Fascinating James. The need to establish one’s own territory seems an difficult job for the offspring of those already in residence- where to go, how to slide under the radar, finding a partner…. it seems the lives of felines are more complicated than those of Impalas, for example. I’m truly fascinated by leopards and the reporting by the staff of Londolozi keeps my intrigue fueled. I look forward to hearing more about the Mashaba young female.

Going to be interesting to see where she settles. I wonder if she will encounter any of the other resident leopards.

Very interesting and I always enjoy the maps. I visited for a period over 18 months where I never saw the Mashaba Young female and was grateful for the sighting in New Years to see her mating with the Inyathini male. Any additional info on the new male?

Hi Al,
He’s the son of the Hlaba’nkunzi female from the west, born in December 2015…

It’s quite sad to think that space is running out. Would she not establish her territory north of her mothers, or is the river a boundary for her?

Hi Kelly,
The north is also effectively occupied by other females, namely the Nanga, Ingrid Dam, Nhlanguleni and Piccadilly females, so there isn’t really a lot of room for her there either.
The river wouldn’t be a barrier to movement, although leopards will often use natural features like rivers as territorial boundaries…

Hi James, awesome thanks so much for the response! I have hope she’ll do well!

Looking forward to seeing where she finally settles and to see if her mating has been successful. Interesting she has chosen to go to the SW potentially. Is the area north of her mother leopard territory?

Hi Nicki, very much so. The north is also effectively spoken for, but if she inherits her mother’s size she will end up as a big female, and it may be possible for her to push smaller females out…

James, Thanks for the update! It has been fun watching her grow up and we look forward to hearing where she finally settles. Of course her Mom is our favorite too!

Haha her mum is one of mine too!
We’ve just renamed the MYF by the way. Announcement coming soon… 😉

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