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Ximungwe 5:3 Female

Ximungwe 5:3 Female

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James Tyrrell

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James had hardly touched a camera when he came to Londolozi, but his writing skills that complemented his Honours degree in Zoology meant that he was quickly snapped up by the Londolozi blog team. An environment rich in photographers helped him develop the ...

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on The Ximungwe Leopards and the Zebras

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Cheung Yc
Explorer

Nice story and nice photos

Andrew and Daniel Bolnick
Digital Tracker

Great photos. Wish I was there right now

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

7 letters- amazing!! That would register as a supreme Safari sighting. Looking forward to more adventures as the rains continue to nourish everything in the veld.

Joan Schmiidt
Digital Tracker

James, what a wonderful blog – I have never seen zebras chasing leopards!

Deborah McBride
Digital Ranger

I so enjoyed the photos of the leopards and zebra! Beautifully captured! So glad to hear that y’all (I am from Texas, can you tell??) have had rain.

Michael and Terri Klauber
Guest contributor

James, What an awesome sighting! The cub is getting pretty big too! When will the cub get pushed out on it’s own?

James Tyrrell
Photographic Guide/Media Team

Hi Michael and Terri. It’ll probably still be around for 6 months or so with its mother. Males tend to stay with their mothers longer than females…

Michael Fleetwood
Senior Digital Ranger

Hi James, what a sighting this must have been to experience! A couple quick questions regarding the leopard dynamics and the Leopards of Londolozi
1. Is the Ximhungwe Female and her cub under any threat from the influx of new males pushing into the territories of the resident Londolozi males?
2. How far has the Senegal Bush Male/Kunyuma been seen inside of Londolozi compared to the Mala Mala boundary
3. Do you know if the Ndzandzeni Female is possibly pregnant or denning?
4. Regarding the male dynamics, would it be possible for you to do a post highlighting where the males are moving in relation to one another on a map? I know you are probably busy with guests and other duties, so understand if you aren’t able to do so.

James Tyrrell
Photographic Guide/Media Team

Hi Michael.
Good Questions…
1. So far they seem ok. We’re fairly confident that it was either the Flat Rock or Inyathini male that fathered the cub and the Ximungwe female is confining her movements to close to the Londoz Camps – maybe because of the arrival of new males.
2. He’s been seen all the way to the centre of the reserve, ie. halfway to Singita.
3. We think she is pregnant, but hasn’t dropped yet. (The Nkoveni female also looks pregnant)
4. Absolutely, I’ll put one out soon.
Best regards

Michael Fleetwood
Senior Digital Ranger

Thanks James! Appreciate the replies!

Victoria Auchincloss
Digital Tracker

What an incredible day of watching this game of tag!! Glad everyone escaped but am sad I didn’t get to see it live. Victoria

Vin Beni
Guest contributor

As always, great photos, especially the backlit leopard, capturing the raindrops.
Also interested in the movement of the Senegal Bush Male.

Callum Evans
Guest contributor

What an incredible sighting!!

Joanne Wadsworth Kelley
Master Tracker

Surprised to see zebras and leopards challenge one another for so long! I’ve never thought of a zebra being that aggressive. Interesting images of the sighting.

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