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

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Marinda Drake
Master Tracker

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.

Annie.Lane07
Explorer

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.

Vin Beni
Guest contributor

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

Andrew and Daniel Bolnick
Digital Tracker

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

Riandi Appelgryn
Digital Ranger

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

Ivy Wilensky
Digital Ranger

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.

Mj Bradley
Senior Digital Ranger

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.

Ian Hall
Digital Tracker

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

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

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!

Bob and Lucie Fjeldstad
Guest contributor

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

Joan Schmiidt
Digital Tracker

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?

Michael and Terri Klauber
Guest contributor

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

Leonie De Young
Senior Digital Ranger

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.

Mike Ryan
Explorer

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.

Mauricia Neeley
Explorer

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.

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