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Nkoveni 2:2 Female

Nkoveni 2:2 Female

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Kelsey Clark

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Kelsey has many fond memories of family camping trips across South Africa when she was growing up and for her, this sparked a growing love for the wilderness and opportunities to seek new adventures. Although she studied BComm Financial Management and spent five ...

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on The Nkoveni Female and her Daughters

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Valmai Vorster
Master Tracker

Kelsey such beautiful foto’s of all leopards. It is going to be very interesting to see what the Nkoveni female is going to do about giving the two one year female cubs territory, and how the elder sister is going to react to all of this. Very glad mother and daughter did not fight when they smelt and saw watch other. The Maxim’s male is such a handsome and big bleopard, so wonderful to see him on Londolozi. Maybe he will mate with Nkoveni and her daughter the Plague rock female.

Kelsey Clark
Contributor

It certainly will be an interesting time ahead between all these leopards Valmai. There have also already been some interactions between the Maxim’s male with both the Nkoveni and Plaque Rock females.

Christa Blessing
Master Tracker

Thanks for the interesting blog on these two female leopards. It’s great that the Nkoveni female is such a successful mother that she has already brought up three daughters successfully. I am looking forward to more articles on all these leopards and how they will determine who is going to rule over which territory.

Kelsey Clark
Contributor

My pleasure Christa, I am glad you enjoyed it and can look forward to the follow on blog post.

Suzanne Gibson
Guest contributor

Wow, terrific blog Kelsey, and a lot of detective work going on there! Plaque Rock must have been mating with Maxim’s very recently, as surely he wouldn’t allow her to share a kill with him otherwise? Must be at least 3-4 – months ago since she lost her cub – Alfie said he wasn’t surprised as it was incredibly inquisitive and into everything. Nkoveni is certainly a model for raising cubs successfully, though she was must be thinking now how much easier it was with 1 cub instead of 2!

Kelsey Clark
Contributor

Thank you Suzanne. Yes, we do think that the Plaque Rock female and Maxim’s male have been mating recently and hopefully she will have more success raising cubs in the future!

Vin Beni
Guest contributor

Thanks for keeping us up to date on the leopard melodrama. We genuinely appreciate your insights and credible hypotheses about the behaviors.

Kelsey Clark
Contributor

My pleasure Vin 🙂

William Paynter
Digital Tracker

Thanks Kelsey. Fascinating story about the encounter between mother and daughter. I will be waiting the see how the drama un folds over the next couple of years.

Kelsey Clark
Contributor

Pleasure William – I’m sure there will be another update within the next few months.

Francesca Doria
Master Tracker

This is one of the most memorable blog! Leopards are never too many… their numbers dwindle everywhere but in Londolozi it seems! It is almost like a miracle, the two sisters and mother. Such wonderful pictures!

Kelsey Clark
Contributor

Thank you Francesca – I’m so happy you enjoyed the blog. We certainly are privileged with leopard sightings here at Londolozi.

Chelsea Allard
Digital Tracker

I’ve been pondering this very scenario in my mind for a while and look forward to seeing what ultimately plays out.

Kelsey Clark
Contributor

It does get you thinking! Keep an eye out in the coming months for the next update.

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

Terrific update on the Nkoveni female accompanied by great photos of her and her daughters plus the Maxim male. I appreciate all the research done by all of you related to the territories held by Nkoveni, Plaque Rock and Maxim – guess we all have to wait to see what will happen when the two cubs reach independence and will need their own real estate. We saw what happened with Finfoot and Nkuwa…. And then if Maxim mates with both Plaque Rock and Nkoveni and they both have cubs, well then it will get really interesting.

Kelsey Clark
Contributor

Thank you Denise. These leopards certainly keep us intrigued with all the interesting dynamics!

Michael Fleetwood
Digital Tracker

Hi Kelsey, great post, always love these dynamics updates! Was wondering if you all have seen the Mashaba Female recently? Also wondering if the Leopards of Londolozi website will be updated? I know that is probably a time-consuming task but the Nkoveni’s profile says “a young female” and there are other profiles that are outdated. Thanks again for a great post!

Kelsey Clark
Contributor

Thanks Michael. Yes, the Mashaba Female has been seen recently although sightings have been less frequent over the last few months. The leopard profiles are always a constant work in progress with updates but I have just checked and the Nkoveni Female’s profile is now up to date 🙂

Cally Staniland
Master Tracker

By all accounts Kelsey it seems there will be some trouble brewing in the future what … with the Nkoveni female’s 3 daughters destined to share a portion of her territory. I do hope the two younger cubs don’t come to any harm with their eldest sister or the Maxim’s male, as they have been magical to watch as they have grown into mischievous teenagers. I look forward to your follow up 🙏🏻. Fabulous photos too thanks for sharing ❤️

Kelsey Clark
Contributor

Pleasure Cally. It sure does seem that there might be some trouble brewing but no doubt there will still be plenty of great viewing opportunities with these leopards.

Francesca Doria
Master Tracker

Well Kelsey, after seeing the latest blogs with videos of violence, that’s the topic nr one on internet in internet, kudos to you for choosing life and love, so much needed especially in the human world now. This photos are hydillic.

Kelsey Clark
Contributor

Thank you Francesca 🙂

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