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Rob Jeffery

Field Guide

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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on You Scavenge Me, I’ll Scavenge You Back

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Marinda Drake
Master Tracker

Amazing experience.

Andrew & Daniel Bolnick
Senior Digital Ranger

Nicely detailed Rob. I often wonder why a single leopard does not attack the hyena and take back its kill. Can you explain why this is so? Thank you

Rob Jeffery
Field Guide

Hi Andrew and Daniel. My understanding is that is has a lot to do with the fact that leopards and solitary and hyenas live in groups. A leopard is a solitary hunter and by taking on a hyena could risk a bad injury. With enough damage inflicted, which with the powerful jaws of a hyena might not be all that difficult, the leopard may not be able to hunt again and then die. The leopard is also an extremely skilled hunter and would rather kill another impala, for example, than risk taking in the hyena. Hyenas can be bigger risk takers as they can often rely on fellow clan members to scavenge meals and hunt along side allowing the injured member time to recover. For example if a large group of ten hyenas chased a couple of lionesses off a zebra kill, that one injured hyena would get a meal. Hope this helps.

Suzanne Gibson
Guest contributor

What an exciting sighting, and how wonderful to see the leopard stash the kill in a tree – something I haven’t yet seen, but long to. Which leopard was it, Rob?

Rob Jeffery
Field Guide

Hi Suzanne, thanks for your comment. It was the Tortoise Pan male, son of the Nzanzeni female who is part of the lineage of the Mother leopard. The Mother leopard was the first leopard to be viewed on a more regular basis at Londolozi.

Suzanne Gibson
Guest contributor

Ah,my favourite young male ever since I saw him as a young cub. I even wrote a (one and only) blog on him and his mother and grandmother. Hopefully I’ll see him again when I come back in 5 weeks. I’m also hoping to see his mother and her cub , but haven’t read anything about them for a while.

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

Now that was an exciting and profitable game drive for you and your guests. Leopard, hyena facing off over the successful kill of the warthog. Interesting that the hyena walked away leaving half….. not typical behavior?

Wendy Macnicol
Senior Digital Ranger

Hi Rob. What an exciting experience you lot had! So much action and coming and going. Lucky people!
Wendy M

Joan Schmiidt
Digital Tracker

Rob, wonderful story – the hyena steals the kill from the leopard, and leopard steals it back and took it up a tree🤗

Bob & Lucie Fjeldstad
Guest contributor

Rob, definitely some of the best storytelling yet!!! We felt like we were right there racing around in the vehicle with you!!! Very exciting description of a great sighting!!!

Vin Beni
Senior Digital Ranger

Different sighting today–leopard dragging kill to a tree comes down and is confronted by very large warthog. Long staring-scowling contest. The warthog finally left the site.

Joanne Wadsworth Kelley
Master Tracker

Your storytelling is exceptional. I was right with you half way around the world!

Suzanne Gibson
Guest contributor

Guessing the picture shouldn’t have been the Torchwood male?

James Tyrrell
Photographic Guide/Media Team

Hi Suzanne,
None of the pictures are of the Torchwood male. The first photo of a leopard dragging a warthog is of the Tugwaan male and the last one is the Makhotini male.
Unfortunately There were no pictures taken of the sighting in the story, so sometimes we have to use old media to illustrate the points being made.
Best regards,
James

Suzanne Gibson
Guest contributor

Hi James, no, I was referring to the picture at the end of the blog under “Involved leopards” – I wondered if it should have been Tortoise Pan instead of Torchwood? You must have wondered what on earth I was on about!

James Tyrrell
Photographic Guide/Media Team

Haha my mistake Suzanne. I didn’t see that and must have added the wrong leopard by mistake. Thanks for pointing it out!

Callum Evans
Guest contributor

Absolutely incredible sighting!!

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