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Mashaba 3:3 Female

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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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on The Week in Pictures #485

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Vin Beni
Guest contributor

Loved the buffalo bull photo and glad to see the Mashaba female. We haven’t heard much about her lately, given the plethora of leoprds being seen regularly.

Suzanne Gibson
Guest contributor

Wonderful news, Chris. I was thinking about Makomsava and her cub the other day, how old would her cub be now?

Chris Taylor
Ranger

Her cub would be about 6 months old now, Suzanne. We have only had one sighting of the Makovsava female in the last month or so but we did see tracks of what we presume to be her and her cub about a week ago. We think that she may be spending a bit more time further north of our northern boundary having been pushed out there by the Xinzele female.

Victoria Auchincloss
Digital Tracker

Goodness what an exciting week !! Looking forward to more news about the leopard Cubs!! It is always fun to see elephants playing in the water and great to see all is well St Londolozi!! Thank you Victoria

Doug Hammerich
Senior Digital Ranger

Wonderful shot and comment on the buffalo bull!

Irene Henkes
Senior Digital Ranger

nice beard, that dagga boy……………….. 🙂

Valmai Vorster
Digital Tracker

Chris the scops owl is so beautiful with those huge eyes. Loved the mother rhino and calf, so good to seem them breeding. I am overwhelmed with joy to hear there are so many leopard cubs. Hope they all make it to adulthood. Even the Ntsevu lioness had 5 cubs,so good to hear that there are lion cubs as well as all the leopard cubs. Beautiful foto of the buffalo bull. Thanks for the foto of the Mashaba female, she is my favourite leopard. All round gorgeous foto’ of all the animals.

Callum Evans
Guest contributor

Such an incredible gallery!!

Joan Schmiidt
Master Tracker

Chris, I loved all the lions

Francesca Doria
Digital Tracker

Fantastic photos!! I loved them all especially the leopard cubs but also the lions the rhinos the hippo the elephants and the lovely dragonflies. You were great to catch the pair! Looking forward to knowing more of the babies… Good luck to the mums!

Cally Staniland
Digital Tracker

Wow Chris, So many cubs to enjoy in the future!! Amazing reading about the Amur Falcon .. incredible the mileage some birds fly to nest, breed or feed 💓. We have many migrating birds that rest onboard our yacht when we are miles from land….some for a few hours, some to hide from other predators attacking them (witnessed off Cyprus enroute to Lebanon)., and some that will even stay a few days till they see land.

Linda Rawles
Senior Digital Ranger

I found myself clicking almost all of these as favorites! Bravo! (And we do owe that buffalo something – all of us humans need to take better care of animals and the planet!)

Lisa Antell
Digital Tracker

So many leopards and so many cubbies! And I hope that the Styx and Nkuhuma boys will find their space to hold onto with their father(s) harassing them!

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

All in all, fantastic TWIP! Leopard cubs, lion cubs-what could be better….. although I’ll be there in a few days, I’m hoping finally I’ll fulfill my dream to view a leopard cub, at a safe distance. 🤞the elephant trunk detail was one of my favorites. See you soon!!

Mary Beth Wheeler
Guest contributor

Have a wonderful visit, Denise! Sorry I’ll miss you this time…

Karin Webber
Explorer

Lovely photos! Absolutely love the dragon flies!!

Ian Hall
Master Tracker

What super photos, the dragonflies, owl, buffalo, especially the hippo .

Darlene Knott
Master Tracker

Loved ALL the pics! The dragonflies are beautiful! What a perfect shot. And I loved the chameleon shot. Wow, what a spot by Euce! The Scops owl was also impressive! The Lion dynamics continue to intrigue! Thanks for a great TWIP, Chris!

James Laurie
Explorer

Some lovely photos. Thsnk you.

Ed Dixon
Guest contributor

Some wonderful shots Chris. Brings back memories of our trip last February.

Ed Dixon
Guest contributor

Meant to say last January, 2020.

Paul Canales
Digital Tracker

Terrific week in photos Chris. As always, the diversity in subjects, settings, and composition are appreciated! Keep ‘em coming!

Michael Fleetwood
Digital Tracker

Hi Chris! Not sure if you are aware, but the Makhomsava Female has been seen north of Londolozi and was seen yesterday morning tailing the Tortoise Pan Male and Xidulu (daughter of the Ingrid Dam Female born in 2014) who are mating at the moment. She’s also been seen on her own and no sign of her cub with her.

Chris Taylor
Ranger

Thanks so much for this update Michael. We had suspected that she was spending more time further north. We did have some tracks of a female leopard and a cub along our northern boundary about a week ago and presumed it was her and her cub but we could easily be mistaken! It will be a pity of she has lost her cub but such is the nature of being in a very competitive environment. Please let us know if you hear any further news with regards to her.

Michael Fleetwood
Digital Tracker

Hi Chris! A photographer who was in that sighting said that the Tortoise Pan Male was mating with both Makhomsava and Xidulu alternatively, not taking much of a break between each mating session.

Michael Fleetwood
Digital Tracker

A photographer who was in that sighting said that the Tortoise Pan Male was mating with both Makhomsava and Xidulu alternatively, not taking much of a break between each mating session.

Barbi Evenson
Senior Digital Ranger

Fabulous photos! So many wonderful things to see! Hoping your back is better🙁didn’t know caterpillars bite… ouch

Chris Taylor
Ranger

Thanks Barbi. My back is much better. They don’t actually bite but can leave tiny hairs behind that cause an itchy irritation to our skin – nothing too serious.

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