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Dean de la Rey

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Dean grew up in Johannesburg and it was from his very first trip to the bush at the age of two that he was captivated by this environment (he claims he can remember that far back!). He attended school in Pretoria, thereafter completing ...

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on The Nkuwa Female Leopard

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Francesca Doria
Digital Tracker

Hi Dean she’s absolutely gorgeous! What a stunner, very well done!

Marinda Drake
Master Tracker

A beautiful name. Lovely blog Dean.

R Jr Caromna
Explorer

Great job! She’s gorgeous.

Joan Schmiidt
Master Tracker

Dean, I loved all the photos, especially Leopard tree🤗

Vin Beni
Guest contributor

Portrait shot shows a much darker overall skin tone, leading to an easier camouflage.

Christa Blessing
Master Tracker

Wonderful photos of this beautiful leopard ; I love especially her portrait.

Cally Staniland
Digital Tracker

Isn’t she a beauty !!! 💕 Just love the closeup you got of her Dean. I look forward to hearing and seeing more of her in the future. .. Perhaps, with luck, through my own eyes🙏😉

Michael and Terri Klauber
Guest contributor

Dean, Thanks for the wonderful story about the Nkuwa female. Since her area is close to the Ximpalapala koppie, one of our favorite places, we look forward to seeing her when we return in July! We don’t see her in the leopard cards and don’t remember who her mother is?

Lisa Antell
Digital Tracker

Nkuwa and Finfoot are so pretty….we saw them in August 2019 right before they went independent! They were feeding with Nhulanguleni and with Flat Rock immediately nearby, on a carcass quite peacefully. So glad that she is still in the area and doing so well!

Linda Deutsch
Digital Ranger

What glorious photos, especially the head shot of this magnificent creature!!! Stunning! Thank you.

Suzanne Gibson
Guest contributor

Loved your portrait photo of her, Dean. I saw Nkuwa when she was about 6 months old, with her sister and mother. Wasn’t Finfoot seen several times around the camp some months ago?

Paul Canales
Digital Tracker

Stunning images Dean! The first portrait could easily be a painting!!

Jennifer Ridgewell
Senior Digital Ranger

Dean, what a beautiful leopard she is and the portrait shot is just fabulous – hard to stop looking at it! Thank you.

Valmai Vorster
Digital Tracker

The Nkuwa female is so special and she really has to defend her territory from her sister the finfoot female and the other leopards. I am sure it is a beautiful sight to see her ascending and descending from the marula trees in the moment, the photo’s would be astounding to see. Where here territory bounds by the Ximpalapala koppieis, is absolutely breath taking. I could live in Londolozi forever with the animals and beautiful scenery. I watched the fight on video taken by Dan on the 19th Dec, it was certainly a warning to her smaller sister to stay away. She loves the Marula trees and rightfully so, as her name derives from the those trees in Shangaa. Thanks Dean for the wonderful story on Nkuwa female, she is so beautiful.

Raisa 5044
Explorer

Oh, she is so beautiful! Any idea of her father? Does her litter sister remind her? Waiting for new photos of this young gem. Thanks!

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

You’ve posted a beautiful portrait of her and I hope to capture one during my trip at the beginning of April- fingers crossed the airport doesn’t shut down! 🤞🤞😎📷. In the meantime, cheers to you and Ray and good sightings.

Wendy Macnicol
Digital Tracker

Super, Dean! Beautiful photos. The Trees and the Bush is so beautiful right now after all the rain, isn’t it? Love to just drive through the Bush itself – but to see a Leopard as well – Wow! My aunt used to make a lot of Marula Jelly on the family farm in the Waterberg. Mabula Lodge bought the farm and now call that portion “Mokaikai” where all the sole owners live. My husband, Neil, tried to make Marula Liqueur years ago in the farm kitchen. It was NOT a big success! We still drank it though to be polite! These Leopards are all stunning cats. Absolutely fascinating …. Wendy M

Marcia Parker
Senior Digital Ranger

Lovely photos, esp Nkuwa in the tree.

Callum Evans
Guest contributor

Interesting, this is the first time I’ve read about this particular leopard.

Kara Taylor
Master Tracker

Amazing portrait of this Leopard! Wow!

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