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Anderson 4:4 Male

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Michael Harmon

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Michael found his first Londolozi track as a sophomore in college when he picked up Boyd Varty’s Cathedral of the Wild. In it, Michael saw a place that embodied his childhood fascination with the culture and warmth of Africa and knew he had ...

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on Leopard Diaries: An Emotional Moment with the Anderson Male (and the Ntsevu Pride)

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It will be sad when the Anderson male dies. It is always amazing to encounter lions in the night. It just feel different from in the daytime.

So very sorry to hear about the Anderson male. It is very hard not to become attached to these beautiful animals, so much more so for those of you who see them in person and on a regular basis. It is also hard for many of us, viewing via the blogs and from the other side of the world. The Anderson male has become a true legend in the Sabi Sands, strong, powerful, fast and ferocious. He is an absolutely beautiful leopard and I am hoping against hope that he will, somehow, be able to make a miraculous recovery and live to enjoy another couple of years…….Many thanks for keeping us informed.

Have never seen the Anderson male in our 4 trips. We had been hopeful about our next–unlikely now.

Sad to hear. He will always live on in the hearts and minds of his “family” at Londolozi. Please keep us posted.

Oh wow thanks for the article and update Michael.
Any viewing of Anderson since? And speculation to the cause of the gash?

Thank you for sharing your story. It was always my dream to see the magnificent Anderson at least once. I have had to settle for pictures. I have hopes for Anderson that for a little while he may be the leopard he once was.

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It is sad to hear that Mr Anderson is nearing his end. At 11 yrs I thought he had a few more years. I am so very thankful we had the time with him that we did, and thank you Londolozi team for keeping us informed on this very special leopard.

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Very relieved at the short term outcome but longer term looking grim

A powerful blog Michael, emoting the feelings of your “ bumble” entourage. Indeed seeing the infamous Anderson male is a thrill, but to see him injured and apparently weakening takes the air out of the balloon. Good to know he’s still sharp enough to move out of harm’s way….. will be staying tuned to learn what will happen to this bigger than life leopard!

The Anderson male is remarkable in size with dark foreboding eyes. Unforgettable and will be missed when he is gone.

Michael, I saw the Anderson Male on several occasions, he was alive and well – so sorry to hear that he died.

What is the status of the Anderson male? what caused the injury and how serious is it?

Great story Michael. Always sad to hear of one of the ”legends” demise… A close call for sure!

A really nice blog Michael and love the leopard diaries – they really are beautiful cats. What a nice evening you all spent out in the bush and it was fortuitous for you to stumble on the mighty Anderson. Brings tears to my eyes that he is in the final stages of life and sad that he has been wounded. He truly is a legend and will live on in our memories. Such is the circle of life in the bushveld. Thank you so much for sharing with us.

I am in a funny way pleased we never got to see this elusive leopard despite days of tracking. It adds to the mystery of the Bush. I will remember the other presents the Bush gave us when out tracking that were unexpected.

The Anderson Male, a true legend of the Sabi Sands. Fortunately he has offspring that will carry on for years to come. He will be greatly missed.

Understand nature has it’s cycles, but my heart silently breaks. In spite his current injuries, I hope his passing will be peaceful. Thank you for 11 years King Anderson. You were majestic!

How is the Anderson male doing, it will be a very sad day when he passes. I read your blog every day and my hope is that when I do come to South Africa some of the animals that you write about will still be around.

Hi Joanne,
We haven’t seen him in a few weeks and think he’s probably gone, sadly.
We’ll be releasing a post on him over the next few days.
Best regards

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