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Makomsava 4:4 female

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Guy Brunskill

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Guy grew up in Durban, Kwa-Zulu Natal. From a young age he visited the bush each holiday. It was during these early years that his passion and interest was ignited for this incredible environment. After school he gained a marketing degree from Stellenbosch ...

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on Update on the Makomsava Female and Her Cubs

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Marinda Drake
Master Tracker

It is great to see both cubs are doing well.

Francesca Doria
Explorer

Welcome to the world little leopard Kings (or Queens)! They are just adorable. Hopefully the Makomsava female will raise them successfully

Annie.Lane07
Explorer

There is nothing cuter than a leopard cub, what a buzz to see this beautiful family. Sending positive vibes for long and healthy lives. As always Londolozi many thanks for keeping us in the loop.

Callum Evans
Guest contributor

This is fantastic!!! Really looking forward to hearing more about this family!!

Vin Beni
Guest contributor

It will be interesting to follow the exploits of this family moving forward.
We had a great opportunity a few years ago to spend a morning watching a leopard cub learn how to climb a tree. Going up was the “easy” part. Getting down was hilarious as the cub could not easily manage it and continued to go higher in the tree, Mother leopard watched from below the tree. When the cub finally figured it out, it went running to its mother.

Darlene Knott
Digital Tracker

Love the leopard cubs!!! Terrific photos! What a perfect setup for photography! Wishing this female the best of luck with her first litter.

Suzanne Gibson
Guest contributor

Absolutely gorgeous! Thank you, Guy.

Joan Schmiidt
Master Tracker

Guy, loved all the photos🤗

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

Guy, thank you for bringing us along with you on this sighting so we can enjoy viewing Makomsava and her cubs. I’m longing to be there, but in the meantime, there’s my daily virtual safaris. I understand some properties have re-opened and trust Londolozi will be doing so as well.

Marcia Parker
Explorer

Thank you for this informative post with lovely photos!

Johanna Browne
Explorer

That photo of the mother grooming the cub is spectacular. Wow! What a shot. Any idea as to why younger mothers would be more successful raising their cubs than older ones? I would have thought experience would be a big part of success :/

James Tyrrell
Photographic Guide/Media Team

Hi Johanna,
One would think so, but it might be that with first-time cubs the mother is extra cautious and attentive, whereas in later litters she gets a little more blase…

Jennifer Ridgewell
Senior Digital Ranger

Super photos and info – brought many smiles to our faces.

Michael and Terri Klauber
Guest contributor

Guy, great post! How long does it take for their eye color to change and do they have good vision when they are that young?

James Tyrrell
Photographic Guide/Media Team

Hi Guys,
It depends on the cubs, but usually 2-3 months…

Kara Taylor
Digital Tracker

They are so cute…. there are just no words! And fabulous fabulous pictures.

Andrew and Daniel Bolnick
Digital Tracker

Great capture. So precious and since the Mom is relaxed around the vehicles I look forward to more great shots

Cally Staniland
Senior Digital Ranger

Beautiful photos guy 🙏💕, they seem so vulnerable at this stage. Let’s hope the two grow up to give new blood and life to Londolozi 🙏.

Wendy Macnicol
Digital Tracker

Very lovely family pics of Mom and baby leopards! Thank you so much, Guy, for the facts about the growth of Leopard cubs, facts which I didn’t know. Mom certainly seems to have chosen a really nice den and of course this is also good for you guys for pics! Keep it up! Wendy M

Chris Cordon
Explorer

Hi Guy. Who is the most likely candidate to be the cubs father? Did anyone witness mom mating with different males?

James Tyrrell
Photographic Guide/Media Team

Hi Chris,
Most likely the Flat Rock male..

Barbi Evenson
Digital Ranger

What a heart melter! Absolutely great photos… lucky to be at the right place at the right time… mother looks extremely healthy as do her cubs… what a great way to start my day🥰Thank you….

Mama Lioness
Digital Ranger

Just precious captures Guy! They truly made the latter of a peaceful Saturday afternoon extra special and filled with joy.
Your sharing is so appreciated!

Michael Fleetwood
Senior Digital Ranger

Hi Guy! Fantastic photos of Makhomsava and her cubs! Two quick questions for you, if you don’t mind:
1. Any update on the Nanga Female and if she still has her cubs since Pete and I believe it was you saw her with suckle marks?
2. Also, I have seen Makomsava spelled Makhomsava and was wondering if there was a correct spelling or if both work?
Thanks a bunch!

James Tyrrell
Photographic Guide/Media Team

Hi Michael,
Guy’s on leave so I’ll answer for him.
We haven’t seen the Nanga female for a few weeks now, but we’re going to be checking that area a bit more closely in this coming week. It’s a difficult decision to go look for. supposed den when there’s already an active one closer to camp!
On the spelling, I’ll have to confirm that. We generally just copy it straight off our map which has been up on the wall for years, but now that you mention it I don’t know if the original map was correctly spelt.
I’ll ask around.
Best regards

Michael Fleetwood
Senior Digital Ranger

Thanks so much James! Best to you too!

Christa Blessing
Senior Digital Ranger

Great Pictures Guy. My favorite is the one where the mother is grooming her cub.

Victoria Auchincloss
Digital Tracker

Oh my heavens! What a wonderful collection of photos of the baby leopards!! so 😍 Thankyou Victoria

Nicole Bernhardt
Senior Digital Ranger

Such lovely photos

Ana Komljenović
Digital Ranger

Pic 2: Makomsava female looks like a carpet on which the little guy plays

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