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Makomsava 4:4 female

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James Tyrrell

Photographic Guide/Media Team

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 Why Leopards are Like Hermit Crabs

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Marinda Drake
Master Tracker

It is fantastic that both cubs are still alive. Makomsava must be a good mother.

Michael and Terri Klauber
Guest contributor

James, We are always praying for the safety of the cubs. Sad to hear that our Mashaba lost her cub… 🙁

Kara Taylor
Digital Tracker

It really is surprising when one survives to adulthood. I take it that a great many don’t… I wonder what the statistics are ?

James Tyrrell
Photographic Guide/Media Team

More than 50% don’t make it through their first year sadly…

Joan Schmiidt
Master Tracker

James, I loved all the photos, especially leopard cubs🤗

Mary Beth Wheeler
Guest contributor

I loved this blog, James, weird analogy and all! The banner photo of the cub peering out of the den was so sweet. It’s always seemed to me that Nanga’s cubs had the bluest blue eyes and it appears that daughter Makomsava’s do too!

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

What an interesting analogy – I never thought about cubs outgrowing their den and needing to move to another space. I had always assumed it was for safety reasons. I always appreciate information like this.

Paul Canales
Senior Digital Ranger

Regardless of the differences, your analogy is apt James!!

Christa Blessing
Senior Digital Ranger

Very interesting theory; I think you are right that cubs outgrow their dens.

Francesca Doria
Senior Digital Ranger

Great news on Makomsava and her cubs! Being a mother in the bush must be so hard especially for a leopard who’s alone.

Darlene Knott
Digital Tracker

Quite an interesting comparison! It is hard to face some of nature’s ways. Killing that tiny cub makes no sense to me, but is a way of life for the Senegal Bush Male.

Lisa Antell
Senior Digital Ranger

Just hoping that her cubbies will be safe and sound and grow up quickly!

Cally Staniland
Senior Digital Ranger

Love your analogy James..I’m certainly rooting for the Makomsava cub’s 🤞🙏💕

Mj Bradley
Senior Digital Ranger

I think you have come to a logical conclusion. There may be many factors that contribute to moving den sites but I think this should be considered as one of them. Thank you for sharing

Interesting and cute!!!

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