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Mashaba 3:3 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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on Londolozi’s Newest Leopard Cub

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Francesca Doria
Master Tracker

Let’s hope brave Mashaba Mum will be blessed with luck and her cub contributes to the precious Londolozi leopard lineage. Amazing and moving picture thanks

Kara Taylor
Master Tracker

Hi James
Can you clarify the number of leopards – is it really only 200?

Christa Blessing
Master Tracker

So great! I hope the mother will be able to bring up this little cub. It certainly helps if the cub is stowed well away in a secure spot.

Joan Schmiidt
Master Tracker

James, I loved all the photos🤗

Lisa Antell
Master Tracker

James, I do believe that Brent Leo Smith found Hosana and Xongile (Karula’s last litter of cubbies) in their den within 12 hours of their birth in Feb 2016. He had seen Karula the day before heavily pregnant and moving around the den site, and the next morning he went back and found them!

Marinda Drake
Master Tracker

This is great news. Lets hope that the cub survive. Would there have been only this one cub, or did she have two and one died? Does leopards sometimes have only one cub?

Wendy Macnicol
Digital Tracker

Hi James. The baby looks remarkably bleary eyed at present and is obviously a very, very young arrival on Mother Earth! However, what a joy to see such a new baby on Londolozi! We wish Mom and Baby well. Thank you for the news! Wendy M

Paul Canales
Master Tracker

Best wishes for the Mashaba female and her leopard cub!! Please do keep us abreast of their progress!!

Mary Beth Wheeler
Master Tracker

What an amazing discovery! Such a tiny cutie – it’s not surprising that young leopard cubs are so vulnerable. Let hope that Mashaba is successful at raising this little one!

Mama Lioness
Senior Digital Ranger

Oh My goodnness woudness! Just adorable! Amazing captures James!

Leonie De Young
Master Tracker

Let us hope that this precious little angel makes it to adulthood. Nice blog James. Thanks for sharing with us. Trust you are all well and staying safe.

Trish Monck
Master Tracker

Thank you James, what a special sighting! Hope the cub is safe and strong for many years and look forward to more photos of them together!

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

James, fabulous news and two amazing photos of this tiny fur ball. Rooting for Mashaba and her cub just as I did for the puppies of the wild dog pair. Did you mean 2000 leopards? That would make more sense….

Darlene Knott
Master Tracker

Such a cute little cub! Love the pics!

Suzanne Gibson
Master Tracker

Thanks for the update James – enchanting! Fingers and paws crossed that Mashaba has better luck with this litter.

Thank you for sharing the beauty of creation.

Michael Fleetwood
Master Tracker

James, do you think this cub will be easy to habituate in terms of access or will the long stretch in between sightings of the Mashaba in the last few months be an indication of it being a tough habituation process? Also, any news on the Ndzandzeni Female?

Michael and Terri Klauber
Master Tracker

Great news James! Let’s hope this cub makes it! We remember riding with you a few years ago and finding some super young cubs in the reeds. Can’t remeber which Leopard it was, but we were able to get a couple of peeks at the little ones!

Congratulations Innocent! great job…

Sam Lovett

Cute leopard cub

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