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Ndzanzeni 4:3 Female

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Rob Jeffery

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Rob joined the Londolozi team at the start of 2017. Having grown up on a farm in the Cape and spending many holidays traveling Southern Africa he developed a love for the outdoors and an appreciation for the natural world. After completing a ...

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Marinda Drake
Master Tracker

Amazing video. Fantastic that the cub is safe.

Andrew & Daniel Bolnick
Senior Digital Ranger

Right place at the right time. Great photography and video. Thanks Rob

Suzanne Gibson
Guest contributor

Oh my word! Thank goodness the scuffle ended without any apparent injury. I’d never realised how much bigger Mashaba is compared to Ndzanzeni. Would the fact that the Dudley River Bank female was pretty elderly when she had Ndzanzeni have anything to do with her smaller size?

Vin Beni
Senior Digital Ranger

I had the same thought about the Ndzanzeni’s size Suzanne. My all-time favorite image that I’ve captured is of the Ndzanzeni female drinking from a small pool bathed in golden morning sunlight.

Wendy Macnicol
Senior Digital Ranger

Yes – there is a big difference in size between the two adult leopards. So glad that the young cub kept out of the way and was OK. In fact, no-one apparently was hurt – just a bit of a snarl and spit. Thank you so much, Rob, for a really interesting and action packed video and pics! Wendy M

Darlene Knott
Digital Tracker

Fantastic video, Rob! What an interesting exchange between female leopards. I would have been so worried about the cub if I had been there. I am glad nothing terrible happened! Thanks for sharing
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Mary Beth Wheeler
Guest contributor

What an amazing story and video! Your adrenaline must have been pumping seeing the two leopards fighting (who does one cheer for?!) and realizing the danger the cub was in. So glad everyone ended up healthy!

Vanessa Dean
Explorer

Wow…. fantastic video. Thanks Vanessa

Joan Schmiidt
Senior Digital Ranger

Rob, great blog today. I have never seen two female leopards fighting. I am very surprised that Mashaba female did not take the cub

Callum Evans
Guest contributor

Wow, that is absolutely insane!! I’m glad the cub came out unharmed!

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

Super video chronicling the argument between the two females. I’m surprised the Ndzanzeni female wasn’t even more aggressive considering her cub was up the tree and that Mashaba seemed to have lost interest and walked away. Just proves animal behavior is not predictable. Trust there was some bush coffee served to quell some of the nervous excitement!!

Joanne Wadsworth Kelley
Digital Tracker

Not often we get to see two Leopards fighting much-wise with the notable Mashaba! Thankfully the cub is safe and that neither adult leopards were hurt. Your adrenaline must have been through the roof!

Michael & Terri Klauber
Guest contributor

Rob, Incredible video! Mashaba looked so powerful and was not backing down at all in the fight! Super happy that the cub is safe! Maybe Mashaba was remembering the cubs she has lost and chose not to hurt the cub…

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