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Chris Taylor

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Chris was born and raised in the Kwa-Zulu/Natal Midlands where his family inspired his early passion for the natural world. Exploring Southern Africa as he grew up, this passion was allowed to develop and his curiosity to expand. After high school, Chris spent ...

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Tammy Hynes
Explorer

How did her male cub die, so dad I hate that part of nature cubs that die

James Tyrrell
Alumni

We’re not sure, it simply disappeared…

Valmai Vorster
Digital Tracker

She is certainly a beautiful leopard, hopefully she is nursing cubs and that is why you are not seeing her. She is elusive and it looks to me she only wants to be seen when she allows it. Pity that two of her cubs from the previous litter did not make it. Please let us know when you see her again.

Paul Canales
Digital Tracker

Thanks for this interesting update on the Tatowa female! Wishing her the best with whatever she’s up to, and hope you cross paths with her sooner rather than later!

Francesca Doria
Digital Tracker

Thanks for the news on this lovely and interesting leopard! But, given that she is so elusive, it must be difficult if not impossible to know about her progeny and trace a phylogenetic tree?

Chris Taylor
Ranger

You’re quite right, it can be rather difficult when the leopard is as elusive as her but we are more often than not able to gather enough information to make a well educated estimate.

Joan Schmiidt
Master Tracker

Chris, I loved all leopards🤗

Christa Blessing
Master Tracker

An interesting story about this elusive and beautiful animal.

Vin Beni
Guest contributor

Very striking eyes. We were fortunate to see her and cub (very briefly) in 2019.

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

I appreciated the update on this female Chris. From the included photographs, she seems rather petite with more delicate, fine features. She reminds me of the Ingrid Dam female… any sighting of her lately? I know she lives in the north and given all the rain you’ve had, perhaps you’ve not traversed her territory often.

Chris Taylor
Ranger

Hi Denise. You’re quite right, both the Ingrid Dam female and Tatowa female are rather small females and we suspect they share the same mother (the Ximpalpala female) which might explain it. We have never had full certainty as to who the mother of the Ingrid Dam female was but our best guess is that it was her.
We haven’t had any sign of the Ingrid Dam female for quite some time now. She may well have passed away but she could have also shifted her territory further west into Ottawa. We’ll ask around and see if any of the neighbouring reserves have had any sign of her…

Suzanne Gibson
Guest contributor

I was lucky enough to have 2 incredible sightings in Oct 2017 of Tatowa and both of her cubs (then I saw her newly independent male cub a year later). She’s brought me luck as well, as I was fortunate enough to win a weekly travel photo competition (Sunday Times UK) last month with a photo from 1 of those sightings!

Chris Taylor
Ranger

Thats fantastic Suzanne. Sounds like you must have had some incredible sightings with her!

The father of her cubs (when she will have them) would be the Mawelawela male, right?

Chris Taylor
Ranger

We can never be certain as to who the father is due to the fact that females will mate with several males but there is a good chance that the father would be the Malwelawela male. The other most likely possibility would be the White Dam male.

And what abot the Ingrid Dam female?

Chris Taylor
Ranger

Hi Gabriele, we haven’t had any sign of the Ingrid Dam female for quite some time now. She may well have passed away but she could have also shifted her territory further west into Ottawa. It may well be worth our while to do some investigating so we’ll ask around and see if any of the neighbouring reserves have had any sign of her and I’ll be sure to get back to you…

Cally Staniland
Digital Tracker

Wonderful update on the Tatowa female leopard who I hope to see one of these days ! Thanks Chris ❤️🙏

Al Kaiser
Guest contributor

Thanks for the update Chris. I was thinking of her the other day – reminiscing of the effort Jerry and Grant put in mid-2019 looking for her and her cub. We were eventually rewarded.

Chris Taylor
Ranger

I’m glad you have a fond memory with her, Al. And that you were witness to what would have been an amazing track and find I’m sure! We hope to see you back here soon.

Carly M
Senior Digital Ranger

Thanks for the article Chris. Do you know what happened to the Tatowa female’s male cub, what he died from? Thanks!

Carly M
Senior Digital Ranger

Oh all good, just saw a response below that he just disappeared. That’s so sad. 🙁

Lisa Antell
Digital Tracker

Go looking for her and keep us updated, please! She is gorgeous!

Wian Eloff
Explorer

Thank you for the update.

Corne Pruis
Explorer

Beautiful pictures👌

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