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Ximungwe 5:3 Female

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Patrick Grealy

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Patrick was born and raised in Johannesburg and from a young age dreamt about living in the bush. He grew up going on family holidays to Madikwe in the North West where his passion grew. After high school Patrick went to the Eastern ...

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Valmai Vorster
Digital Tracker

Hi Patrick you surely work in a paradise filled with illusive leopards. Londolozi is a magnificent place and world renowned for its leopards and luxury safaris. The Ximungwe female and her cub are both so special. The cub with the spec in his left eye makes him even more special. He is going to be one stunning male leopard and it looks as if he is getting g used the Land Rovers around him. J.V. and Elmon did fantastic tracking and filming with the mother leopard.

Andrew and Daniel Bolnick
Digital Tracker

Patrick, Love the story and it sure is true. The experience I had with Leopards and multiple cubs or Mothers with one cub has never left me. By following the daily blog I remind myself each day the wonderful experience etched forever in my memory. A life changing time. Sounds like it just keeps getting better. You and the great team before you have built a home these animals feel comfortable in and trust for safety from the unknown. If I were a Leopard I would pack up the family and move to Londolozi too. Hope to be back soon.

Francesca Doria
Master Tracker

I watched John Varty’s documentaires a few years ago. Brilliant, especially that one about Mother leopard. I am so glad the tradition passed on and you are able to keep up with the family tree. It must be such a special feeling to see the progeny and the tender behaviour between mother and cubs. As John Varty and Elmon Mhlongo did, it must be a real excitement to follow their progress… a special tribute today!

Christa Blessing
Master Tracker

Great pictures of the mother leopard and the Ximungwe Female and her gorgeous cub.
It is really fantastic that the leopards of Londolozi are so relaxed around vehicles and allow us into their lives.

William Paynter
Senior Digital Ranger

What a fantastic viewing and story. It truly takes time for animals to adapt to human presence. Patience wins the day!

Mary Beth Wheeler
Guest contributor

Lovely photos of the mom and son! How old is he now? Any idea of who is the father?

Lisa Antell
Digital Tracker

The privilege and honor of seeing relaxed leopards in the wild, and especially cubs, cannot be overstated. It is SO special and wonderful!

Leonie De Young
Digital Tracker

What a nice blog Patrick. It shows that if you respect wildlife they repay you with respect. Just the fact of tracking them and staying your distance, not interfering with their activities, moves them to trust you. Thanks for sharing with us – very enjoyable.

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

Great story Patrick! The team of JV and Elmon certainly paved the way to the exceptional viewing of leopards in Londolozi as well as teaching other private reserves how to behave around these elusive and non-trusting big cats. Putting the animal first and not your desire for ticking off another seen mammal, bird, amphibian, etc. should be the primary focus in game viewing. This is especially true for leopards who appear to be much more secretive and protective of their cubs than say a lioness who births her cubs, keeps them hidden for several weeks before introducing them to the pride. It’s much more social. We know leopards are solitary, so to spend time with even one is truly a priceless moment. Keep up the good energy you exude.

Cally Staniland
Master Tracker

Legends indeed Patrick ! We were lucky to be guests in the very early days at Londolozi with Dave at the helm. Although I have sent a photo of the leopard we were fortunate to see, to date no one has been able to identify her/him… (to be honest it was an awful shot!)….I’m sure it must of been the mother as the dates tie in so well. Whoever it was it was magical, as at that time it was a very rare thing to enjoy the presence of these beautiful cats.

Bob and Lucie Fjeldstad
Guest contributor

Great blog Patrick, and you are so right that the wonderful leopard experiences we have today were begun by JV and Elmon and their extraordinary patience in establishing that initial bond with the Mother Leopard. Now we have the benefit of the foundation they laid for us all to view, with almost 20 leopards in the current Londolozi environment. For us all to be able to view these elusive creatures/predators up close and personal is truly amazing! And with the guide and trackers continuing this approach to habituating all these wild animals to the presence of us is so very much appreciated. Thanks you again for reminding us of the pioneering work done by JV and Elmon!

Ian Hall
Master Tracker

So, so jealous of that type of sighting , for many safari regulars – that would be a once in a lifetime viewing opportunity

Vin Beni
Guest contributor

This blog is a real help as we try to convey to our friends how the team is able to approach the leopards. They are always awestruck by our photos.

Barbara Wallace
Explorer

What a great story! I can’t wait to visit Londolozi to hopefully experience a marvellous moment like this. Thank you for the story and the wonderful photos.

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