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Nhlanguleni 3:2 Female

Nhlanguleni 3:2 Female

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James Tyrrell

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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 ANOTHER Leopard Cub: This One Shouldn’t Exist

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Fantastic news! Good luck to the little one

Ana Komljenović
Senior Digital Ranger

🤗 Yea well it’s Natur vs. People.
They’re both so cute, and the mother looks so proud and cunning at the same time. 🍾🍼

Marinda Drake
Master Tracker

Wow! Fantastic news. Amazing how well the leopard mom’s can hide their cubs.

Vin Beni
Guest contributor

An unusual year which included several surprises!

Linda Mansell
Senior Digital Ranger

What exciting and special news … well done trackers and rangers. And what a beautiful cub – such dense and dark markings. Look forward to further news.

Joan Schmiidt
Master Tracker

James, I loved the photos🤗

Joan Schmiidt
Master Tracker

Will you keep sending the Video

Leslie Kaye
Explorer

Absolutely thrilling and so very beautiful ….took my breath away and I was looking at your photo…I can only imagine your reactions ….your photography is so wonderful and I enjoy your blog every day. Thank you so much for bringing such joy into my life!!!!

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

Unbelievable, but such great news! If she did have a second cub, wouldn’t it have been next to Nhlanguleni like the one seen? When was the last time a leopard raised two cubs to adulthood? Lately, it seems only one survives to independence.

Kris Dirk
Senior Digital Ranger

A case of phantom pregnancy. Beautiful pictures.

Mary Beth Wheeler
Guest contributor

How very exciting! The cub us certainly a cutie, looking healthy and curious! Welcome little one!

Suzanne Gibson
Guest contributor

Oh my word, how fantastic – you will all be on the lookout for this one now! Do you ever see this cub’s elder half-sisters Nkuwa and Finfoot? – I’d love to know if they’re ok and whether they finally went their own ways.

James Tyrrell
Alumni

Hi Suzanne, yes we still see them both regularly; the Finfoot female close to camp (and often IN it!) and the Nkuwa female further west…

Marcia Parker
Senior Digital Ranger

That cub is such a beauty! Those ears!

Kara Taylor
Master Tracker

How great that the bush still has its secrets!

Jennifer Ridgewell
Senior Digital Ranger

What a fabulous surprise! Too beautiful… reading this blog made my day!

Francesca Doria
Master Tracker

Wonderful leopard cub time! What a view!

Barbi Evenson
Senior Digital Ranger

Don’t we all ❤️ Surprises!

Ian Hall
Master Tracker

Wonderful story and pictures

Carly M
Senior Digital Ranger

Wow that is fantastic!!!! What wonderful news that there is another baby leopard cub! Oh man, and those pics are just the CUTEST!!!!!

Trish Monck
Master Tracker

Wow, awesome news!!

Barbara Wallace
Explorer

I love that the animals can still surprise you!! What a blessing.

Linda Deutsch
Digital Ranger

What magnificent photos capturing the absolutely gorgeous mother and baby! Another Londolozi highlight of my day. Thank you, James, as always for your lovely narrative.

Christa Blessing
Master Tracker

Such a lovely cub. The photos of mother and baby are great.

George Prior
Digital Ranger

Simply stunning what a joy to see

Ginger Brucker
Senior Digital Ranger

Best surprise. Hopefully other predators will have a hard time spotting too!

Paul Canales
Digital Tracker

A serendipitous sighting and very good news. Wishing them all the best!

Kenneth Macleod
Explorer

Go Stof!! Seasoned tracker!

Nicole Bernhardt
Senior Digital Ranger

Amazing news! the photographs are really great too.

Cally Staniland
Master Tracker

Fabulous find Chris! Just goes to show how much even you professionals can miss. Reminds me of your blog regarding the collared leopard who zigzagged all over your area and was never spotted. But with so much going on I’m not surprised..you can’t be everywhere all the time. Think of it as a ‘covid’ gift from the leopard’s to all you rangers for safe guarding their lives through this difficult time. Bravo 🙏❤️

Michael and Terri Klauber
Guest contributor

James, Great news! We love surprises like this!

Callum Evans
Guest contributor

Fantastic!!!!

Wendy Macnicol
Digital Tracker

This is so interesting, James! The quiet little Mom and baby living their lives on Londolozi for some months without people even noticing them! So happy they have been discovered now. Wendy M

Michael Fleetwood
Digital Tracker

James, any idea which male (or males) would be a potential for father? The cub’s face (or perhaps it’s the spots on the face) give it a very distinct look. Also, do you happen to have a litter history for the Nhlanguleni Female by chance? Here’s to hoping to more sightings of the cub soon!

James Tyrrell
Alumni

Hi Michael,
Almost certainly the Flat Rock male; they were seen mating earlier this year.
I’l try draw up a timeline of her litters; we do have one saved somewhere but I’ll have to scratch around for it.
Off the top of my head I think this would be her 5th litter. The Flat Rock male killed her first when he arrived in the area. She lost her second quite quickly (we only saw a single cub once) and then the Nkuwa and Finfoot females weer her third.
She lost a litter that we never saw at the start of this year and then had this one… I stand to be corrected on those numbers though.

Cally Staniland
Master Tracker

Fabulous news..Well done Chris for spotting them! You have so much going on at Londo that I’m not surprised you miss the odd thing, it reminds me of the collared leopard that zigzagged its way all over Londolozi and was never spotted. Consider it a gift from the leopards to all the rangers for watching out for them and keeping them safe from poachers, during the lockdown. 🙏🏻💕

Victoria Auchincloss
Master Tracker

What a fantastic discovery!! This has made my day in a day of COVID rises and still in lockdown. what an adorable cub! thank you for sharing. Victoria

Jutta Mielke Nestle
Guest contributor

It`s so wonderful, special, nobody knows it

She is a smart lady and very inventive. Guess it’s Flat Rock’s progeny. Hats off to the beautiful Nhulanguleni.

George Prior
Digital Ranger

Wow — stunning photography and absolutely heart warming to see the cub and Mom — I hope they stay healthy and look forward to seeing them. Gorgeous.

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