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Nkoveni 2:2 Female

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Jess Shillaw

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Jess was born in Kwazulu/Natal but grew up in Cape Town. Having an innate love for all things wild but getting to spend little time in the bush while growing up, she headed straight for the Lowveld after school. She completed a guiding ...

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Victoria Auchincloss
Master Tracker

What an exciting time and how fabulous all that persistence paid off! The photos were wonderful! Thank you so much for sharing ! Victoria

Irene Henkes
Senior Digital Ranger

Lovely blog, thank you! It is so nice to see cubs developing and growing up. Their faces, their expressions, I love it!

Francesca Doria
Master Tracker

I guess it is, the most fantastic job, combining the joy of the sight and conservation. The Nkoveni female is a lady with class and the cubs must be the most rewarding sight! Are they males or females?

Jess Shillaw
Contributor

Hi Francesca, it was very rewarding! The cubs are both females.

Christa Blessing
Master Tracker

Gorgeous pictures of the cubs and their mother. It’s so great that they are in such good shape.

Mary Beth Wheeler
Guest contributor

Finding Nkoveni with her cubs is a real treat, especially after such persistent looking – and the cub pics are fun! But you mentioned that the Maxim’s male was with them: isn’t this unusual behavior? Does it suggest that he is the father of the cubs?

Jess Shillaw
Contributor

Hi Mary, it is not unusual behaviour for a male leopard to steal kills from female leopards but yes he could possibly be the father of the cubs as he showed no aggression towards the cubs and because the Nkoveni Female and the Maxims Male’s territories overlap so she would of mated with him.

Francesca Doria
Master Tracker

Ps I can’t see her identity card- is it my mobile screen or is it missing? She’s lovely

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Hi Francesca, I have refreshed it and the Leopard card is in the post under the first big photo of the Nkoveni Female.

Suzanne Gibson
Guest contributor

Lovely photos, Jess. Nkoveni really made you work for that sighting, but as you say, it then makes it even more special.

Barbara Wallace
Explorer

You have the best job in the world Jess! Your photos are fabulous. I love your determination in tracking while still being respectful of the cubs and mom needing their space. I hope they all stay safe.

Valmai Vorster
Digital Tracker

Jess you have the best job ever, I would love to do what you are doing. The leopards are my favorite cat and especially Londolozi cats. Those two cubs of the Nkoveni female are so beautiful and inquisitive. So glad they have been safe up until now and hope they will both make it into adulthood. Wonder what happened to Nkoveni’s nose, how she got that markings .

Lisa Antell
Digital Tracker

So so sweet! And the reward is even sweeter for the time involved to find them! Great job!

Cally Staniland
Master Tracker

Boy, Londolozi is certainly providing some remarkable viewing in preparation for Christmas !!! Well worth the days of tracking. Well done to the team..just fabulous photos and recount of the Nkoveni female and her gorgeous cubs and of course Maxim 🙏🏻💕

Marcia Parker
Senior Digital Ranger

You captured some beautiful photos of those cubs. Thanks for sharing.

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

Fantastic sighting and images Jess. Experience and teamwork are keys to success in tracking the leopards. I agree-great job!!

Leonie De Young
Digital Tracker

Your persistence paid off Jess. So glad you got to see Mum and the two kids – they are cuteness personified. Thanks for sharing with us – enjoyed it.

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