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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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on Whats Next for the Ximungwe Young Male?

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Michel Beni
Guest contributor

The Ximungwe female and her cub have been maistays in the blog stotyline. Hopefully, their presence remains,

They certainly have been a huge presence around Londolozi for the past year.

Ian Hall
Master Tracker

Super photos , especially the unfortunate impala

Thanks Ian.

Francesca Doria
Master Tracker

He’s an absolutely gorgeous male, I do hope to have a chance to see him when fully grown… he will be spectacular! His attitude already shows the dominant, self-confident King… hopefully he will go through all troubles and dangers and carry on the lines, without getting stuck with porcupines, honey badgers or predators!

The way things are going, It looks like he will be around for many years to come.

Christa Blessing
Master Tracker

This young male is such a beautiful animal! It is great that he has made it so far thanks to the skill and care of his mother. It would really be very interesting to get to know what will have become of him in two or three years time. Would be great if he returned to Londolozi one day.

Once he is established, it would be lovely for him to come back and hold a territory here at Londolozi.

William Paynter
Master Tracker

Thank you for the update Patrick.

Sure thing William. Hope you enjoyed!

Valmai Vorster
Master Tracker

Oh Patrick I don’t want to even think that we won’t see the Ximungwe male cub anymore. Hopefully he will stay out of sight of the larger males and oneday have his own territory. He is such a stunning leopard and that spec in his eye makes him even more special. Such a joy to see his foto’s and watch his funny stalking methods.

His funny stalking methods will be a memory i have forever!

Anita Santoro
Senior Digital Ranger

He is especially handsome 🙂

He is a very impressive young male.

Denys Sarazin
Explorer

What a fantastic leopard, hopefully we get to see him for a few more years !!
Keep up the great work !!
Wish I’d be young enough to transition into a “job” like yours, what an incredible life you have !!

Thanks Denys! We are very fortunate to view these animals on a daily basis.

Tate Foster
Explorer

Thanks Patrick for this! It was a pleasure to witness this big boy with his mum! We miss being in the bush!!

My pleasure Tate. Looking forward to your next visit.

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

Patrick, thank you for this useful blog about the future of a young , almost independent leopard, featuring this time the Ximungwe male. It will be sad to see him eventually leave his home in Londolozi, but who knows, when the old guard fade away to their natural end, hopefully, he or his brother may return. Until that time, I’ll continue to look forward to seeing stories about this handsome and entertaining male.

Only a pleasure Denise!

Chelsea Allard
Master Tracker

Is there any news as to where her last independent cub has gone? I’ve forgotten what name he was given once he became independent. He stuck around for quite a while if I remember correctly.

Hi Chelsea, He is now know as the Mahlahla male. He has moved into the norther parts of the Sabi Sands. We still see him on Londolozi from time to time.

Betty-Lou Luijken
Senior Digital Ranger

What a stunning picture at the top of this blog. I love all the pictures, but that one really stands out for me: the light and the way the leopard looks on: wow!!

He really is a stunning leopard to photograph.

Moira McLachlan
Explorer

Great story and photos. I notice that he has a spot in his left eye. Do you use this as a means of identifying him?

Hi Moira,
This will definitely assist in identifying him in the future.

Lisa Antell
Master Tracker

Oh these young males……we watch them and fall in love with them, and then they leave us…….sigh. Hope that he does well and stays safe…..

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