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Nhlanguleni 3:2 Female

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Al Kaiser

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Born in New York and settled down in Hong Kong for the past 20 years after living in London and Tokyo. I "found" Londolozi in 2009 and have been a regular visitor since. Over that time I have gained a passion for the ...

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Brian Everitt
Digital Ranger

Absolutely beautiful what a tender moment with mom and cub such a special bond. Thanks for sharing

Marinda Drake
Master Tracker

It is one of life’s great pleasures (if it is possible) to sit with a leopard and her cub watching them interact and play.

Al Kaiser
Guest contributor

I couldn’t agree more Marinda

Lisa Antell
Explorer

I agree! Got to spend some quality time in August 2019 with Xidulu (an older daughter of Ingrid Dam Female) and her cub (now called Cara) and it was really magical….and I got some great photos of the whole relaxed encounter!

Annie.Lane07
Explorer

It is so sad when it’s time for a mother to chase off an older cub. The older cub must wonder what has happened after being the apple of her mothers eye for so long. Nature is harsh but that is the way it is in the wild….. Its always such interesting reading here at Londolozi. Thank you.

Joan Schmiidt
Master Tracker

Al, what a wonderful blog, we were there 2011, 2014, 2017, 2018, and we are supposed to go 2020, for our 50 50th wedding anniversary Sept 5

Ian Hall
Master Tracker

Super photos, please keep accounts like that coming. Very sorry that Al did not make it to Londolozi.

Stay safe

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

I have such great memories, and photos of the beautiful Ingrid Dam female taken a year and a half ago. It was suspected she had a cub stashed somewhere, but we weren’t successful in finding it. Fortunately, you did!!
I too was supposed to be in Londolozi but life had other plans, so time to reschedule!! Good luck and keep well.

Al Kaiser
Guest contributor

Thanks Denise. Stay safe and healthy.

Wendy Macnicol
Digital Tracker

Wow! Great pictures Al. And yes, the Bush does turn some people into Bush Fanatics (like me, for example!). Been going there (sadly not to Londolozi – yet) since I was 4 and I am now 82. Wendy M

Paul Canales
Senior Digital Ranger

What an amazing account! Looking forward to visiting Londolozi sometime in hopefully the not too distant future. Thank you for posting Al Kaiser!!

Alex McMillan
Explorer

What a fascinating story, Al. I’d never thought about the mother-daughter-new cub dynamic with leopards. It’s surprising but in the end makes sense that the mother would be fierce in deterring her daughter from interacting with half-sibling (potentially full). Was the young female possibly contact calling for her mother rather than the cub? Only to find that her affections have been replaced?

Funnily enough I have also settled in Hong Kong, having moved here from NYC (although British by birth).

Al Kaiser
Guest contributor

Thanks Alex. She was definitely calling for the cub as her mother was right nearby. See you in HK when the dust settles.

Tammy Hynes
Explorer

Beautiful cats I just love them all if life could be easier for them wow so great. That would mean humans would have to leave the big cats alone all wildlife would be awesome. Everything has a purpose in keeping this planet running smoothly. Ours is to protect care for help and love all animals. Instead humans kill and destroy even with all the warning we get

Ann Richardson Berg
Senior Digital Ranger

Hello Al! Beautiful pictures! It must have been fantastic to see them so relaxed and tender with a strong bond. Thank you for sharing!

Suzanne Gibson
Guest contributor

Shame about your trip Al, have you rescheduled yet? Love your photos, especially the one with mother and cub drinking together – the cub’s blue eyes show just how young it was, wonderful sighting for you. James, do you have any updates on the cub?

Al Kaiser
Guest contributor

Hello Suzanne. I hope you are keeping well. I’m hoping to reschedule for end of July or August. We shall see. It was thought that the Ingrid Dam female had two cubs but we only saw the one. I believe that this cub was lost soon after this visit. As you know, she isn’t seen so frequently at Londolozi.

Joanne Wadsworth Kelley
Master Tracker

It’s so special to see a mother and her cub for an expended period of time. Your images are touching!

Loved the story. Have followed Ingrid Dam for some years now. Thank you for sharing with us.

Lisa Antell
Explorer

So would the older independent daughter be the female now known as Xinzele? We saw her last August 2019 too, but a bit further north on the boundary.

Al Kaiser
Guest contributor

Hello Lisa. I don’t know if Londolozi or one of our neighbors has named the Ingrid Dam Young female now that she is independent.

I will defer to James.

Al Kaiser
Guest contributor

Hello Lisa. You were correct that the Ingrid dam young female is now called Xinzele. Some great photos of her in TWIP.

Callum Evans
Guest contributor

That sounds like it was a truly memorable sighting!!

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