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Ximungwe 5:3 Female

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Nick Sims

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Nick 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 he and his brother weren't physically in the bush, they ...

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Francesca Doria
Digital Tracker

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

Nick Sims
Contributor

It’s a pleasure!

Lisa Antell
Senior Digital Ranger

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

Christa Blessing
Digital Tracker

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.

Audrey Meadows
Explorer

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

Victoria Auchincloss
Digital Tracker

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

Linda From California
Senior Digital Ranger

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

Nick Sims
Contributor

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

Valmai Vorster
Digital Tracker

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.

Nick Sims
Contributor

Lucky this youngster has the Ximungwe female as her mother!

Valmai Vorster
Digital Tracker

Does the cub have a name yet.

Nick Sims
Contributor

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.

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

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.

Nick Sims
Contributor

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

Cally Staniland
Digital Tracker

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 !

Nick Sims
Contributor

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

Suzanne Gibson
Guest contributor

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

Nick Sims
Contributor

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

Karin Webber
Explorer

Wonderful photos Nick!

Vin Beni
Guest contributor

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

Wendy Macnicol
Digital Tracker

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

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