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James Souchon

Field Guide

James started his guiding career at the world-renowned Phinda Game Reserve, spending four years learning about and showing guests the wonder of the incredibly rich biodiversity that the Maputaland area of South Africa has to offer. Having always wanted to guide in the ...

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on Three Rivers Female mates with Senegal Bush Male

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Marinda Drake
Master Tracker

James, her brother was never seen again? Did he move into Kruger?

James Souchon
Field Guide

Hi Marinda, that is correct we are not sure what happened to him after he dispersed.

Marc Grawunder
Explorer

Is the Inyathini male still around or is he gone ?

James Souchon
Field Guide

Hi Marc, we are not too sure as there have been no sightings of him recently. Considering his age and the fact that the Senegal Bush male is seen in his former territory we assume he has moved off our traversing area. Male leopards in their older years will slowly shrink their territories to avoid conflict.

Marc Grawunder
Explorer

Thanks for the info,James. I knew he lost huge parts of his territory and was just curious if he had been spotted recently.

Kara Taylor
Digital Tracker

Beautiful shot by Bruce of her on the boulder !

Darlene Knott
Digital Tracker

I watched the Three Rivers female with her mama and brother. Loved that sighting and she became my favorite living leopard. (Legadema in Botswana was my favorite for many years). LOVED this posting!

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

Great news! Looking forward to mini leopard paws later this year. Did her brother survive?

James Souchon
Field Guide

Hi Denise, her brother could definitely still be alive but because of the vast expanse of wilderness that he has at his disposal we do not see him on our traversing area which means he most likely dispersed out of the area in which he was born.

Christa Blessing
Senior Digital Ranger

A fascinating story and beautiful pictures.

Mary Beth Wheeler
Guest contributor

We so enjoyed watching the Three Rivers female (long before she was named) and her brother play fighting and tree climbing while Xidulu was off hunting. It was not long after that she was killed and they were on their own. It ‘s wonderful to see her grown and well.

Cally Staniland
Senior Digital Ranger

What handsome couple. Three rivers female is such a pretty little lady….I hope to see the outcome in the future. 🙏🏻💕

Paul Canales
Digital Tracker

What a cool development. Please keep us posted on their progress!

Francesca Doria
Senior Digital Ranger

How wonderful! I am looking forward to visiting the area and leopards in Londolozi sooner than later. It is simply great to be able to track their genes in a pedigree! Very important for their conservation and the stories of the different characters are like a family saga.

Wendy Macnicol
Digital Tracker

Thanks James S. As usual a really lovely set of pics with the video. Excellent quality. And a good and interesting article to go with them. Really good. Christmas Cubs Pending? We will see. Wendy M

Lisa Antell
Senior Digital Ranger

As the Senegal Bush Male (Kunyuma) is a son of Karula the most famous and successful leopardess of the Sabi Sands, any cubbies produced would have a fabulous genetic lineage on both sides of their parentage!

Suzanne Gibson
Guest contributor

Thank you James, really interesting. I was lucky enough to see her when she was about 3 months old, along with her brother and Xidulu – a very special sighting. The Senengal Bush male is a very busy boy – having just finished mating with 3 Rivers he’s moved onto Mashaba!

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