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Ximungwe 5:3 Female

Ximungwe 5:3 Female

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Nick Sims

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Nick was a ranger at Londolozi from 2018 - 2022. He 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 ...

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Awwww what a gift for the day! I couldn’t ask for more… the cub is absolutely irresistible and mum a stunner thank you for making them immortal in your superb pictures

It’s a pleasure!

Wonderful stories of the difficulty for a mama leopard to raise her young cub!

Wonderful pictures of the two leopards!
Yes, life in the bush is extremely tough, especially for young animals. And we always keep our fingers crossed especially for the very cute ones like little leopards that they will make it to adulthood. What a wonderful mother this female.

Just love the “impersonation” shot. Timing is everything.

Thank heavens for his mother’s sharp eyes. He had a close call with the hyena!At the end so glad to see the cub climbing after his mum to safety and have lunch. Thank you both for finding and posting this great morning. Victoria

Thanks for sharing your spectacular sighting and pictures. Master Class for leopards is 24/7 and she shared it with you. Priceless.

It’s a pleasure, I’m glad you enjoyed the pictures.

So many lessons to learn in the bush for survival. What a close call that was for the little cub. Thank goodness mom realized her mistake in leaving the cub behind and went back to rescue the cub from the hyenas. Well I’m sure that will stand the cub in good stead for the future. Never a dull moment in the bush. So glad mom and cub are save, rested and eating the kill.

Lucky this youngster has the Ximungwe female as her mother!

Does the cub have a name yet.

Not yet, we will wait to see where he becomes territorial before we name him. For now he will be referred to as Ximungwe’s cub and later as the Ximungwe Young Male.

Well, this account of the Ximungwe female’s teaching results for her cub certainly provided the uplifting start to my day. With continued training, hopefully she can raise this cub to adulthood as well.

Yes, hopefully this cub will go on to live a long healthy life!

Hi Nick, I must have missed this blog…🙃the Ximungwe certainly has proved she is doing a marvelous job at rearing her cub! Fabulous photos added to your write up. Thanks so much.
If I recall there was a video of this particular scenario.. and the cub, having finally made it up the tree seemed to almost ‘cling’ to Mum for an instant and cry out in what seemed either gratitude to Mum for saving her life, or fright from the near death experience !

Hi Cally, I’m glad you checked and managed to read this blog too.

Lovely blog, Nick. I guess it helps that she’s already raised 1 cub to independence.

It will definitely help that she has successfully raised her previous cub through to independence.

Wonderful photos Nick!

Arrived on Wednesday and second sighting that afternoon was the Ximungwe and cub behaving exactly as described! Thanks f0r the preview lesson!

Thanks, Nick, for an interesting article and good pics. What came to me, Nick, is in a short time while you guys watched this play out – one wonders how many little tests and trials these leopards go through every hour of every day and night!! Wendy M

Nick, We have seen her since she was a cub! It’s so wonderful to follow the generations of leopards, and your Leopards Of Londolozi page is so great to use as a resource to keep up with all the leopards we have known and seen on our visits!

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