The Makomsava female has only recently been attracting the amorous attention of the area’s male leopards.
She was viewed attempting to mate with the Flat Rock male a month or two ago, but nothing seemed to come of it. Generally when a female is young, males realise – most likely through pheromones – that she is unlikely to conceive, and as a result the male leopard won’t want to waste his time mating with her.
A leopard who took advantage of the death of the 4:4 male in 2016 to grab territory to the west of the Londolozi camps.
A couple of weeks ago, a sighting of the Makomsava female again with the Flat Rock male led us to believe that she is now possibly ready to have cubs. She is over three years old, so it is certainly possible that she could conceive soon.
Take a look at Ranger Guy Brunskill’s photos of her from the recent sighting of the pair:
This is the second leopardess that the Flat Rock male has been seen mating with in as many months, but he almost certainly won’t be the last that the females will seek out. In an effort to confuse the paternity of their cubs, they will follow and attempt to mate with as many males in the area as possible, so we can certainly expect to see similar scenes in the coming weeks.
Given her territory, we can predict that the Anderson and Hukumuri males will likely mate with the Makomsava female soon, and possibly even the Hosana male, although he might still be too young…