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Tayla Brown


Tayla grew up largely on a farm in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands, where she developed her love for nature. After completing school she spent time in Botswana before studying EcoTourism management in Pretoria, which served as a springboard into a guiding career at Phinda ...

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What a wonderful intimate moment you were witnesses of… nothing is more touching than a mother and her cub together! Thank you Tayla!

Yes Francesca it was an wondefully intimate moment and I am so greatful to have witnessed it.

what spectacular sighting what a spectacular mum. even though her cub is getting quite big she knew the safest place was in her mouth. As opposed to walking which the mating pair or dogs could have materialized at any moment. Thank you for sharing. hope for new updates soon.

Thank you Kimberly, I was lucky enough to have brief glimpse of the cub just the other day and it looks to still be doing well.

Tayla, I loved leopard

Me too Joan, they are incredible animals.

what an incredible moment!!! 💕I don’t think k we have ever seen that on any visit to Londolozi! good thing she was hiding the cub from other leopards and the wild dogs!!! Victoria

Yes it was an incredible moment, not something you get to see often at all.

Spectacular sighting!

Senior Digital Ranger

Good morning Tayla! All I can say is,.. WHAT A HOOT! The Mama Leopard just paraded in front of you like you weren’t even there! Not to mention that she doddled past you with motherly pride out and about amidst her day doing what she has to do,..
It must be astonishing to see a wild feline act so “Tame” in the presence of human life. – From where I stand from a far, (in thought), .. if I was there, seeing a Leopard for the first time like that, I would be stunned! My heart would be racing while my jaw would be dithering with my breath in the midst of being in awe!
You have truly been blessed with a gift upon this day!

Yes is it quite astonishing to see a wild animal so colse like that, although it may seem that they are “tame” they are far from it. I hope that one day you will get to experience the breath-taking moment of seeing a leopard for the first time.

Senior Digital Ranger

Hi Tayla, Thank you for responding to my comment. It is so fun hearing from you all! – A little added note,.. I adopted a “kitty” from our city shelter here in New Mexico a week before the Pandemic outbreak. – What’s ironic about the “kitty,” is that when looking at her “baby picture,” I SWEAR she looked part Cheetah and part Leopard cub! – Come to find out she’s 5/8’s Savaanah! I knew first off, by her markings. Next came her “behavior.” The only thing that’s “Off” about her is that she was kept “incarcerated” in a cage for over 9 MONTHS! (due to being adopted and surrendered twice) so she strangely doesn’t know how to purr or GROWL. – The main give-away about her being a Savaanah is that she HISSES IDENTICAL to what is stated within the context of behaviors relative to a Savaanah and it’s relative the Serval.
It goes without saying that I am so wanting to see the “real deal.” (being a Leopard and a Cheetah.) Everyday, My heart is calling for me to see South Africa and Londolozi.

Wonderful sighting! We have seen a lioness carry her cub and a hyena carry her cub, but not a leopard! I keep hoping!!!

So wonderful that you have seen both lioness and hyena carrying, holding thumbs that one day you get to see leopard too.

How absolutely wonderful! This was a special and memorable moment indeed.

This is so exciting to see the Ximungwe female and her cub. What a sighting that must of been to see her drag her cub out of the tree and then still to see her carring the cub right in ftont of the Land Rover. You were certainly lucky to see all of that Tayla.

Hi Valmai, yes very lucky indeed.

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thank you for sharing this amazing siting, so so special.

All I can say is, WOW!! That was one incredible sighting. Love the video.

Incredible to witness! Still one thing i would love to see sometime

Tayla, talk about hitting the jackpot! I know from the blogs that to see a leopard carrying her cub is an incredibly rare event, even for you guys who are there all the time. And to see her take it out of the tree like that – you certainly were blessed that day.

Senior Digital Ranger

Oh my goodness – a viewing to be treasured. Thank you.

Sightings like this is exactly the reason why I want to become a field guide. This is awesome so see you are really lucky.

The unexpected surprises in the bush!

What truely magical day that must have been Tayla ! I held my breath through the whole replay of mother and cub strolling past the landi, as if I was there. What an amazing sight 🙏🏻👌🏻💕💕💕

She is moving very fast…..obviously anxious to get out of that immediate area! How wonderful to see a small cubbie being carried by her mama!

WOW!!!! Incredible sighting, photo and video captures, and blog post Tayla!! Thanks so much for sharing this very beautiful and intimate moment in the Bush!!!

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