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James Souchon

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James started his guiding career at the world-renowned Phinda Game Reserve, spending four years learning about and showing guests the wonder of the incredibly rich biodiversity that the Maputaland area of South Africa has to offer. Having always wanted to guide in the ...

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on The Ndzanzeni Young Male Leopard: From Cub to Adult

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Marinda Drake
Master Tracker

Lovely memories James. They grow up so quick. It is amazing to think at one year old they are teenagers and at, is it two or three they are mature.

Vin Beni
Senior Digital Ranger

My all-time favorite image is of the Ndzanzeni female drinking from a pool as she was basked in early morning sunlight. Guests never fail to comment on it. (It was also my only sighting of the young male cub.)

Wendy Macnicol
Senior Digital Ranger

Hi James. Yes. It is quite an amazing thing to watch the development of the tiny helpless little leopard into a powerful and lovely adult leopard. Like watching ones’ own children grow up from helpless babies to men and women – and remembering the various stages of their development. Makes life very interesting indeed! Best regards. Wendy M

Suecol777
Explorer

Ahhh – that photo of Mom kicking his head. The EXPRESSION in his eyes. ‘Does Mom HAVE to wash my face in front of the camera!’

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

My favorite young male, although he was the only one I saw up close and personal during my Londolozi stay. On this same afternoon. I took this same photo of him in the stare down of the hippo. He’s a stunning male and as he seems to have come into adulthood with both guns blazing, it will be interesting to see how he will insert himself into the dynamics of the various territories. He’s up against his father, the Inyathini male as well as the Flat Rock and Anderson males. I’ve also read that there are a few more contenders for claiming space….. could be quite crowded, so who knows what the future holds.
Would be ironic if the Mashaba female ends up pregnant by Ndzanzeni male, inasmuch as he killed her cubs. Looking forward to more news of this dude!!

Doug Hammerich
Senior Digital Ranger

Spectacular shot of the leopard taking down the nayala.

James Tyrrell
Photographic Guide/Media Team

Agreed Doug! One-in-a-million!

Leonie De Young
Explorer

A really nice blog James. He is a beautiful cat and great to see that he made it from cub to adult. Thanks for sharing with us.

Hello James, I love your story about this young male leopard, especially as I was able to watch his mating partner, the Mashaba female, together with you only ten days or so ago when she was mating with two other leopards. She seems to be a very busy lady. The photos of this leopard as a young cub are sooo cute!

James Souchon
Field Guide

Hi Christa, watching him with the Mashaba female really got me reminiscing about him his early years. It was great that we got to see him with her. I hope you are well.

Suzanne Gibson
Guest contributor

I love this blog, James! I’ve been following him from afar since I saw him as a young cub – he and his sister were playing with his mother’s tail after suckling. The next time I saw him was 2 years later, and he was scent marking and following Mashaba. Hopefully I’ll see him again when I come back in September.

Bob & Lucie Fjeldstad
Guest contributor

For those of us that come and go from the African bush and only catch glimpses of the perpetual circle of life, we envy your ability to see the entire circle and chronicle it in photographs. It is much appreciated by those of us that only see it in spurts!!!

Callum Evans
Guest contributor

The leopard made famous by a nyala kill at the right place and time!!

Dina Petridis
Senior Digital Ranger

Hi James ,
was it the little one we managed to find together with cath?

James Souchon
Field Guide

Hi Dina, it most certainly was! I remember that day clearly when we found them. He must have been a little over 6 weeks old at that stage.

Joanne Wadsworth Kelley
Digital Tracker

So glad you were able to see this circle of life and collect those special memories! I simply love the image of the take down on the bush camera….grow up and coming into manhood for sure!

Michael & Terri Klauber
Guest contributor

James, Great story! Love your perspective on the joy of being able to experience these amazing creatures growing up!

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