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White Dam 2:2 Male

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Chris Taylor

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Chris was born and raised in the Kwa-Zulu/Natal Midlands where his family inspired his early passion for the natural world. Exploring Southern Africa as he grew up, this passion was allowed to develop and his curiosity to expand. After high school, Chris spent ...

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on My First Encounter with the White Dam Male

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Valmai Vorster
Digital Tracker

Hi Chris, so happy for you that you saw the White Dam male at last. He is an impressive leopard and it seems to me, he does not mind the Land Rover’s near him and even came to lie down near the Land Rover.

Chris Taylor
Ranger

We are so lucky to get as close as we do to these amazing animals. Thanks Valmai

Christa Blessing
Master Tracker

I wish you lots of more sightings of this beautiful male leopard.

Chris Taylor
Ranger

Thank you, Christa. I hope so too.

Francesca Doria
Master Tracker

What a photo Chris! I’d love to have a poster in my room! He’s really a wonderful male and perhaps more at ease in particular environments and light conditions. Or maybe he just needed to get to know you better. Compliments for the results!

Robin Clack
Explorer

I saw him back in September 2015 with his mother (White Dam Female) and his sister. They kept me entertained for a couple of days. I have loved keeping up with him!

William Paynter
Senior Digital Ranger

A new male leopard sighting, how wonderful. Thanks for the update Chris, I hope the White Dam stays around so we can view him more, he looks quite impressive .

Chris Taylor
Ranger

He is quite an impressive male indeed. And the fact that he isn’t seen often makes a sighting of him even more special.

Stephen Torgesen
Explorer

Does the Mawelawela male leopard have territory in this same area?

Chris Taylor
Ranger

Their territories do boarder on one another. The Mawelawela male resides further north and west into Londolozi while the White Dam male is seen more along our southern boundary and beyond.

Mj Bradley
Senior Digital Ranger

I thought Panthera ID’d White Dams father as Kashane. He is a handsome boy.. Thank for sharing such gorgeous photos.

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Thank you for this, I will follow up and get back to you.

Leonie De Young
Digital Tracker

A moce b;pg Chris. Sometimes the best laid plans don’t work out, but then a nice surprise awaits you. I am sure you were over the moon to see that magnificent leopard. He sort of reminds me a lot of the Anderson Male, who has gone to heaven. He was a truly magnificent leopard also. Thanks for sharing. The pics are great.

Chris Taylor
Ranger

Very true Leonie. You never know what might be around the next corner!

Debra Matott
Explorer

Your first sighting of the White Dam Male and he comes over lays beside the vehicle! How lucky were you feeling!!??

Cally Staniland
Master Tracker

Wonderful Chris that you were able to tick this personal box and I’m sure, by the sounds of things the White Dam Makes will become a regular visitor in your area. I hope to be present to witness him for myself 🙏🏻💕

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

I’m so happy you finally were able to spend time with the White Dam male. He’s an extraordinary leopard and hopefully will be around for years to come.

Vin Beni
Guest contributor

Magnificent leopard!
Gtrat photo on his descent from the tree!

Chris Taylor
Ranger

Thank you Vin.

Barbara Wallace
Explorer

What a beautiful leopard he is! So glad you got to see him and thank you for the great photos. I especially like the one of him coming down the tree, with his curled paw.

Paul Buchanan
Explorer

Very interesting that you keep records of the genealogy of the individual leopards. I’m sure that could lead to a very interesting research project about inherited characteristics. I wonder if there is a relationship between genealogy and the patterns of spots on leopards. Are parents’ spots similar to those of progeny?

Lisa Antell
Digital Tracker

Oooh another beautiful leopard to add to my wish list!

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