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Guy Brunskill

Ranger

Guy grew up in the city of Durban, Kwa-Zulu Natal. From a very young age he visited the bush each holiday. It was during these early years that his passion and interest was ignited for this incredible environment. After school he acquired a ...

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on Grandmother, Mother, Grand-cubs: The Mashaba Leopard Dynasty in One Sighting.

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Marinda Drake
Master Tracker

Amazing to see the four leopards together. How old are the cubs Guy? The Mashaba female was the first leopard we viewed at Londolozi and she will always be special to us. We also saw her mother Vomba.

Andrew & Daniel Bolnick
Senior Digital Ranger

Guy thoroughly enjoyed todays Blog. To hear that the female would challenge her own Mother in an effort to protect her cubs and her kill fascinates me to no end. The law of the jungle is supreme. Thanks for today’s contribution

Wendy Macnicol
Senior Digital Ranger

Hello guy. What a fascinating sequence! Very good pics too. Congratulations on capturing the Gran, the Daughter, and the Grand kids too! I am just wondering which one(s) to keep as Screensavers on my computer! Difficult choice. Thank you. Keep it up! Wendy M

Ian Hall
Digital Tracker

Ah, the dreaded camera battery dying…

We’ve all done that , last time it happened to me there was a huge male lion about five metres and walking towards me…

I cannot repeat what I said

James Tyrrell
Photographic Guide/Media Team

If it’s anything like what I say when it happens to me Ian, I’m pretty sure I can guess..

Pam Chandor
Digital Ranger

Fantastic shots and description of a fabulous siting!

Joanne Wadsworth Kelley
Digital Tracker

Guy I found your post to be very interesting to me on several levels. Firstly, the Mashaba female has long been a favorite (like so many others) and her daughter the Ximungue took over that place when she was a cub. To have all three generations present at once had to be an over the top treat! Your pictures of the second hoist was perfection and the image of the Cubs, safely and finally, with the kill was a wonderful way to end your story. I am happy there was no altercation between the two females and am glad to learn from you that close female generations tolerate one another …. for awhile. My thanks for a great Londolozi treat today!!

Michael & Terri Klauber
Digital Tracker

Guy, What an incredible sighting! Mashaba is our favorite and it so exciting to see her daughter doing so well!

Callum Evans
Guest contributor

Incredible example of behaviour!! I wonder if the situation would have bee less tense had the Ximungwe Female not had cubs at the time.

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

That’s an impressive game drive accompanied by stellar photos and prose. Probably a once in a safari sighting!! Sorry about the dead battery….😟📷📷

Bob & Lucie Fjeldstad
Guest contributor

Wonderful story Guy. And it’s always amazing how much you are capable of thinking like the animal you are tracking! Congratulations!

Hi Guy! I just read your post (perfect depiction of the scene)! My family and I were there that day riding with Peter and Bennet! It truly was an amazing experience to watch seeing the cubs exit from the termite mound to the feat of dragging the kill up the tree twice to the altercation. Got great close up of cub in tree trying to hold onto the kill before it fell. So glad second cub got to finally eat. Did you stay and watch mother take it up for a third time? Your post of this made us realize how truly epic this experience was. Thank you!

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