The Nkoveni female was once a commonly seen leopard on Londolozi. Her territory centered around and extended to the east of the Londolozi camps. She raised two cubs to about nine months of age in 2017, which were unfortunately lost when the Flat Rock male took over the late Piva male’s territory.
A young female that lives to the east and south of camp. Easily recognised by her 2:2 spot pattern she is often to be found in Marula trees.
A leopard who took advantage of the death of the 4:4 male in 2016 to grab territory to the west of the Londolozi camps.
It did not take long for her to start mating with the Flat Rock male and in March 2018, she female gave birth to a single cub in the Sand River.
The now independent Plaque Rock female was initially very shy and would run and hide from vehicles, even when her mother was calling her out. After many months of viewing from a respectful distance, the Plaque Rock female is now as relaxed as her mother. She has taken over the section of her mother’s territory east of the Londolozi camps. In turn, her mother has pushed further east and is now seldom seen.
News from our neighbours of her mating with the Flat Rock male filtered in. Every couple of weeks we would have a brief view of her, but nothing like the frequency of sightings that we used to have. Rumours of her looking pregnant started arising in January this year, however it can be difficult to distinguish between a pregnant and a very full leopard. Having been seen mating several times and through optimistic views, we decided that she must be pregnant…
We couldn’t have asked for a better view to gain confirmation! The skin is hanging loose under her belly and her teats show clear evidence of where cubs have been suckling. This is wonderful news for us but still questions remain…
There was a period of about ten minutes when she disappeared in a small but well-hidden gully while we followed her. Our hopes were high that she may be denning in there, but it was a false alarm as she came out and continued along her way.
So we know she has a new litter now. But how many cubs does she have? Where is she denning them?
We will be doing our best over the next while to try and answer these questions…