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Chris Taylor

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Chris was born and raised in the Kwa-Zulu/Natal Midlands where his family inspired his early passion for the natural world. Exploring Southern Africa as he grew up, this passion was allowed to develop and his curiosity to expand. After high school, Chris spent ...

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on Could We Be Witnessing the Fall of the Inyathini Male?

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Penny Tainton
Senior Digital Ranger

What awe-inspiring photos of this majestic big cat! Absolute self-containment and raw beauty captured beautifully.

Jim Davis
Explorer

Good report..enjoyed it. Thanks, Jim

Andrew and Daniel Bolnick
Digital Tracker

Chris a well done piece on the state of the male leopards. Nothing says “everything in life has an expiration date” more than your observations on these beautiful animals

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

This piece was extremely fascinating Chris, reporting the continued loss of territory of the Inyathini male to the younger marauding leopards. It’s a shame the father/son duo could not continue their “partnership “ as it were as they would have been a commanding force in the territory. But a leopard’s life is not ours to manipulate, which makes for great future blogs.

A question- are the ladies not as aggressive as it seems leopardess’s Female offspring seem to take over part of their mother’s territory……? As Ximungwe’s son reaches adulthood in a few months, is it likely he will leave Londolozi in search of a territory beyond your borders?

Counting the days now until my stay in March to hopefully see more leopard activity, and perhaps cubs…….

Chris Taylor
Ranger

Hi Denise,
Female leopards do still defend their territories with aggression but are at the same time still willing to offer their female offspring the opportunity to establish themselves within/adjacent to their own territory. Future meetings between mothers and their offspring are therefore not often hostile but both are a lot more likely to be aggressive towards unrelated females that enter the area. With that being said, they will not defend the the area as a single territory but rather as individual territories.

As for the Ximungwe’s male cub; it is very likely that he will leave his mother within the next year. Whether or not he leaves Londolozi is difficult to say and will be largely dependent on the intensity of male leopard competition in the area at the time but it is certain that ties will be cut between the two when the cub reaches 2 to 2.5 years of age.

Joan Schmiidt
Master Tracker

Chris, what a great blog today – I would be remiss if Inyathini Male lost his life.

Ian Hall
Master Tracker

Suspect you are right, there is an adage in boxing 🥊 that youth must be served, suspect that also applies in leopard 🐆 dynamics

Marc Grawunder
Explorer

Hope he manages to retain at least a small territory. I remember the beautiful pictures of Inyathini’s interaction with the cub last year. Must’ve been stunning to see that live.

Michael and Terri Klauber
Guest contributor

Chris, WOW, that’s a lot of potential drama heating up! It always amazes us with the leopard’s territorial movements. You are right though. Competition is increasing from a younger generation, and it will be sad to see the powerful Inyathini meet his demise!

Very interesting read. Thank you for posting.

Jen Lum
Senior Digital Ranger

Very interesting story in concision and update!

Michael Fleetwood
Senior Digital Ranger

Hi Chris, thanks a bunch for this post on the male dynamics! I really enjoy delving into population dynamics and getting familiar with where the leopards and animals are operating. has the Tortoise Pan Male been moving westwards again or has he been seen in other places as well?

Chris Taylor
Ranger

Hi Michael,
The movements of the tortoise pan male have been very erratic over the last couple of months. Initially he moved off into the western sector of the Sabi Sands but then some weeks later returned to Londolozi. We now see him rather infrequently and suspect he is pushing further south into the reserve. Given that he is still quite young he may still disperse for good one of these days.

Joanne Wadsworth Kelley
Master Tracker

We knew a territorial shake up would occur. Hard to see a old timer lose his rank to age, but now it seems he’s up against so many. Interesting point of traversing 7.5 miles in one night…endless patrolling. Thanks Chris for superb images.

Cheung Yc
Digital Ranger

For a solitary life cat, age is their biggest enemy ……

Brian Everitt
Digital Ranger

Absolutely beautiful leopard pics . I hope he finds a nice area where he can retire in he’s absolutely gorgeous. Keep up the great work love the blogs. Thank you

Rick Igloo
Explorer

Inyathini male was spotted 3 days ago on malamala, just seen him eating a young zebra. then had it stolen by hyenas.

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