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Ximungwe 5:3 Female

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James Tyrrell


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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Nice story and nice photos

Great photos. Wish I was there right now

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.

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

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.

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

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…

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.

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

Thanks James! Appreciate the replies!

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

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

What an incredible sighting!!

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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