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Nhlanguleni 3:2 Female

Nhlanguleni 3:2 Female

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Nick Sims

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Nick always had a love for nature. Growing up in Johannesburg, the annual family trip to the bush (particularly the Kruger Lowveld region of South Africa) became an escape from city life. When he and his brother weren't physically in the bush, they ...

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on How Do You Give Territory to Your Daughters?

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Marinda Drake
Master Tracker

Will the two sisters territories overlap? Will they stay close together in the same area or will they eventually move further apart?

Vin Beni
Guest contributor

Thanks Nick! The interrelationships and dynamics are so fascinating!

Joan Schmiidt
Master Tracker

Nick, what a great story🤗 The Nhlangeuleni female has moved her cubs to the Sand River, Amazing! Why does the female give her daughters free reign? In her territory!

Annie.Lane07
Explorer

Thank you so much for keeping us informed. Leopard dynamics are always interesting and the photographs are absolutely beautiful. Hoping for the best for them all.

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

Morning Nick from San Francisco! The daily blogs are always a highlight in my email stream, but even more so now. The dynamics of the leopard population within Londolozi boundaries are fascinating, and now that there are three more young females living in close quarters with their mothers, it begs the question, how can they co-exist as you have pointed out. You all have a great opportunity to document their behaviors during this quiet period, to see if the young females can survive in their acquired territory from their moms. We’ll be waiting for your continued reports.

Ian Hall
Master Tracker

Fascinating, please keep the blogs coming. So important to remember the natural world

Brian Everitt
Digital Ranger

Absolutely beautiful photos Leopard’s are absolutely amazing cat’s

Wendy Macnicol
Digital Tracker

Hi Nick. What an interesting article. And brilliant and beautiful leopard photos too! Some more additions to my screensavers! If the older daughters kill the later cubs of their Mom’s if they came across them and their mother wasn’t around? For example, when Mom was out getting food? Just wondering …. Wendy M

Suzanne Gibson
Guest contributor

Fascinating family dynamics, Nick. I suppose it’s all guesswork as this situation has never happened before?

Victoria Auchincloss
Digital Tracker

I did not realize how complicated relations were between teenage leopards and their mothers are. It will certainly be interesting to see how it all plays out. Hope the new cubs are safe. Victoria

Darlene Knott
Digital Tracker

Interesting dynamics! Thanks for sharing, Nick! Nice photos too!

Jen Lum
Senior Digital Ranger

As a cat lover, all I can say is that the Nhlanguleni female is a pretty kitty and a beautiful mama. (smile)

Ann Richardson Berg
Senior Digital Ranger

Hello Nick! Interesting article you have written. Beautiful pictures! The first three pictures are really beautiful! My favourite is picture 3/6! It will be very interesting to se what is going to happen in the nearest future for the sisters…
I have a question. I wounder if you se pangolins sometimes?

Mary Beth Wheeler
Guest contributor

Nice shots of the Nkuwa female, Nick! I saw her and her sister and mother in ’18 when they were still small. Grant & Jerry, Bob and I sat for several hours watching them, the only time I’ve seen 2 leopards eating on a single kill, the Nhlanguleni female and one cub at each end of an impala carcass. Pretty amazing!

Cheung Yc
Digital Ranger

Stay safe everyone!

Callum Evans
Guest contributor

Interesting sighting!!!

Brenda Ryan
Explorer

Amazing read!! Thanks so much for sharing 👏❤️

Henk Slettenhaar
Senior Digital Ranger

Interesting development. Beautiful big cats

Maria Deliou
Digital Ranger

I love,love,love the gaze of the Nkuwa female…..

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