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Robert Ball

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Robbie developed a passion for the African bush from many visits to his family’s small holding in a greater conservancy just outside Johannesburg. Living in the big city his whole life, he always found refuge in the outdoors and has grown to appreciate ...

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on An Unforgettable Journey Patrolling the Senegal Bush Male’s Territory

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William Paynter
Digital Tracker

Robert, what a great outing finding and then following the leopard you wanted to see. Fascinating, thanks.

Robert Ball
Contributor

You’re welcome, William.

Irene Henkes
Digital Tracker

Lovely, thank you!

Robert Ball
Contributor

You’re welcome, Irene!

Anita Santoro
Explorer

The shape of Maxim Male’s head seems different? Or maybe just that photo…longer snout? In any case, very handsome boy!

Robert Ball
Contributor

He does have a broader face and slightly longer snout relative to the Senegal Bush Male, that’s a great observation!

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

Good story Robert! The Senegal Bush male is certainly a force to be reckoned with, partly due to his size and experience. He was the first leopard I viewed last year, patrolling near Tortoise Pan. He passed by our vehicle, close enough for me to touch, but I was content to look into his deep, greenish-gold eyes. It was a moment not to forget!! Hopefully I’ll see him again ext year!!

Robert Ball
Contributor

An unforgettable moment indeed! I hope so too for your sake.

Victoria Auchincloss
Master Tracker

There are never enough leopards in the world, whether cubs, females or males! Thank you! Victoria

Robert Ball
Contributor

Never enough! You’re welcome, Victoria.

Mary Williams
Digital Ranger

I know you call him Senegal Bush Male, but for me, since 2013 he was Kunyuma. Mother: Karula Father: Mvula Born: Nov 2012 Spot Pattern: 2:3 Littermate Quarantine Male made his territory in the MalaMala/Londolozi area. He was a spunky leopard, with his growls and giving the vehicles snarls where as Quarantin Male was more laid back. Enjoyed watching him when he was a youngster. He is a formidable looking Leopard now, for sure!

Robert Ball
Contributor

He has relaxed considerably indeed and only on the rare occasion does he snarl at a vehicle, reminding us who’s boss.

Vin Beni
Guest contributor

We tracked the Senegal Bush male all over for about 2 hours one afternoon. We finally stopped and rested with our sundowner. Who comes marching down the dirt road? Our friend. He is magnificent!

Robert Ball
Contributor

Sometimes you have to let the animals come to you. What a great story Vin, Thank you.

Christa Blessing
Master Tracker

Interesting, the dynamics of the leopards’ keeping territories.

Robert Ball
Contributor

Interesting indeed.

Francesca Doria
Master Tracker

Hi Robert, I understand you so well! My dream would be to see the two sisters together, but I understand that male leopards are really impressive and second to none. The history of the Inyathini male is a supreme proof of resilience. The Mashaba female is still my favourite one if I had to choose but they are all wonderful!

Robert Ball
Contributor

The Mashaba female is another great story of resilience indeed!

Valmai Vorster
Master Tracker

Robert the Maxim male is such a large male, stunning. The Senegal bush male is one of my favorites. With so many male leopards on Londolozi it must be an experience to just see one of them, let alone more.

Robert Ball
Contributor

You’re correct, Valmai. They are all unique and beautiful in their own right.

Michael Fleetwood
Digital Tracker

Hi Robbie! Am wondering if you all have seen the Mashaba Female at all recently? I know she was seen further south but haven’t seen anything from Londolozi on her in awhile. It’s a shame she hasn’t been able to raise any further cubs after the Ximungwe Female, although both the Ximungwe Female and the Nkoveni Female are proving to be fantastic mothers themselves to continue the lineage!

Robert Ball
Contributor

Hi Michael, the answer is yes. It seems as though she has shifted her territory southwards and she has been seen in good health (and potentially with a new litter of cub(s)! We will be sure to keep you updated.

Michael and Terri Klauber
Guest contributor

Robert, Sounds like the third time was a charm! Leopard dynamics are unpredictable and exciting to follow! Thanks for the updated map. It’s amazing to see that the entire Londolozi map is covered by leopards!

Robert Ball
Contributor

Third time lucky indeed!

Barbara Wallace
Senior Digital Ranger

Love your story Robert, and the photos are wonderful! I can’t imagine what it is like to have a leopard walk right beside me like that. One day!

Robert Ball
Contributor

It truly is a remarkable experience.

Cally Staniland
Master Tracker

Really interesting to follow the dynamics that are playing out between the Senegal bush male and the Maxims male Robert. Look forward to your next update on them !

Lisa Antell
Digital Tracker

Senegal Bush Male (Kunyuma to us WildEarth addicts!) is looking great and doesn’t seem nearly as skittish or grumpy as he has in the past! We saw him in August 2019 just as he was pushing into Londolozi and he really wasn’t pleased to be on view! Glad to see that he has settled down!

Robert Ball
Contributor

He has relaxed significantly since his first arrival on Londolozi, which is fantastic!

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