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Nick Sims

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Nick always had a love for nature. Growing up in Johannesburg, the annual family trip to the bush (particularly the Kruger Lowveld region of South Africa) became an escape from city life. When he and his brother weren't physically in the bush, they ...

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on An Afternoon with the Xinzele Female

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Alessandra Cuccato
Digital Ranger

She is gorgeous! I saw her twice as a cub with her mother during drives with Nick. That was the 2nd sighting ever of her 🙂

Andrew and Daniel Bolnick
Digital Tracker

Magnificent Cat

Vin Beni
Guest contributor

Wonderful images Nick, seeming to capture many “moods.”

Joan Schmiidt
Master Tracker

Nick, I saved the Xinzele leopard, and I also saved also saved leopard on the rock, also saved the leopard on the rock🤗

Darlene Knott
Digital Tracker

What fantastic photos!!! A leopard resting on boulders—perfect!

Jennifer Ridgewell
Senior Digital Ranger

Great photos of the Xinzele female Nick – particularly like composition of first photo with the curve of her back against the contour of boulder and the final, with pensive expression, anticipating the hopefully busy night you suggested. Thank you.

Leslie Kaye
Explorer

Xinzele Leopard …….wow …. she is just beautiful and her poses may be her just doing what she wants to do to get comfortable but she is regal and confident and awesome and she knows it!!!!! Just hanging out with her mate the Flat Rock Male ….doing what comes naturally ….the photography is superb….thank you so much …. made my morning here on Long Island, NY where the temps are only in the 40s this AM and the leaves all all coming down now. Perfection all around.

Wynn Derr
Explorer

Bird ID Challenge answer from Monday?

James Tyrrell
Photographic Guide/Media Team

Hi Wynn, it was a thick-billed cuckoo…

Lisa Antell
Senior Digital Ranger

Xinzele is every bit as beautiful, and fond of termite mounds, as her older sister, Xidulu! We also found her on a termite mound on the northern border of Londolozi in July 2019 and she posed for some nice photos before slipping away to hunt in the dusk!

Francesca Doria
Senior Digital Ranger

Simply perfect. Such a lovely day and a marvellous creature

Jennifer Horne
Explorer

What an amazing tracker Life is! The Xinzele female is a beautiful girl. She seems to be posing in the last photo, looking quite demure. How old is she now and to where do you think her mother has gone? Thanks Nick for keeping the dream alive.

Nick Sims
Contributor

Hi Jennifer, we are not 100% sure where her mother has gone but it seems as though the Ingrid Dam female has moved west towards Othawa. The Ingrid Dam female was born in mid-2017, making her just over three years old.

Christa Blessing
Senior Digital Ranger

How beautiful these pictures are! Leopards are just the most beautiful animals, I think.

Eugene Dopheide
Digital Ranger

Great photos, love the leopards!

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

It’s so good to see more photos of the Xinzele female, although I do miss seeing the Ingrid Dam leopard. She was quite beautiful as evidenced by the many photos I took of her in a tree. So happy you and your guests were able to spend time with her daughter.

Jenny Clover
Explorer

One would think the Xinzele leopard was on a modeling shoot and was loving every minute of being in the spotlight- spectacular

Jean Maguire
Explorer

Nothing like a leopard in the sun on a rock, gripped by an overwhelming urge to stroke her 🙂 silly human!! We have been wondering for some time how the various leopards an lion prides on the reserve get their names?

Nick Sims
Contributor

Hi Jean, apologies for the late reply, I have been on leave. We usually tend to give the prides/leopards their names based on a well known feature in their territory. For example, the Xinzele female was named after a road in Londolozi that goes through her territory.

Annie.Lane07
Explorer

She is an incredibly beautiful leopard and the photographs are simply stunning. Thank you so much.

Cally Staniland
Senior Digital Ranger

What a incredible days viewing Nick 🙏❤️. Thanks for sharing with us ☺️

Kara Taylor
Digital Tracker

Stunning pics of a beautiful Leopard !

Nicole Bernhardt
Senior Digital Ranger

Great photos Nick, she’s magnificent.

Victoria Auchincloss
Digital Tracker

incredible pictures. All the light contrasts were super! thank you. Victoria

Paul Canales
Digital Tracker

Wow! Stunningly beautiful photos of this gorgeous leopard!! The light is amazing, and the dark clouds behind her in several of the photos adds the beauty of the images!

Michael Fleetwood
Digital Tracker

Any sign of her having cubs Nick? Does she spend most of her time on Singita or Othawa?

Nick Sims
Contributor

Hey, sorry about the late reply, I’ve been on leave in the Kruger. No sign of her cubs yet, we saw her mating about a month ago so we will have to wait and see whether it was a successful bout of mating. She spends a lot of her time on Othawa as well as Marthly and will also traverse parts of South Western Arathusa.

Carly M
Explorer

Wow Nick, what EXQUISITE pics!!! So stunning, she’s a beautiful girl! So serene and elegant, just mesmerizing!

Michael and Terri Klauber
Guest contributor

Wow Nick, What a fantastic set of images of a beautiful leopard! How great that she kept changing positions to give you all her best angles!

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