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Nhlanguleni 3:2 Female

Nhlanguleni 3:2 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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Awesome footage,thanks for sharing.

What a fabulous sighting, how lucky you were! – great photos.
Any idea as to why she returned to the old den?

Hi Suzanne, often mother leopards will rotate their dens. The Nhlanguleni Female often moves her cubs from this rocky area into the river to avoid them being detected.

What a wonderful sighting! Thanks a lot, Austin for sharing the fantastic photos and Jess, for the great video.
I would never have assumed that such tiny cubs can cross a river. Luckily the little one did not drown. What do you think: Would she have rescued it from the water if there had been a danger of drowning?

Hi Christa, leopard cubs do know how to swim although they might not be strong enough to swim against a strong flowing river but I am sure she would of tried to save it if she thought it was in danger.

Great pictures Jess, thanks for sharing today.

Oh, these little ones always capture our hearts……………. thank you very much Jill!

It must have been nerve wracking to watch those little cubs cross the river! Glad they’re still safe and sound.

Great video, Jess, and beautiful stills by the Chens! I’m so happy that both cubs are alive and thriving.

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Thank you to the Chen’s for sharing their fantastic photos! What a memorable trip for them!

Jess the cubs are so small still and yet they are able to go where Mommy wants them to go, even through the water. So very precious to see them. Thank you to your guests for sharing the foto’s with us, it is very special to see leopard cubs.

Amazing gift today! There’s nothing as beautiful and irresistible as baby leopards. I was totally smitten by the suckling one but all the pictures and the video are memorable! Great mama.

What a riveting sighting Jess! Glad she is doing so well with this litter thus far! Any idea of the sexes of the cubs and would the Senegal Bush Male be the potential father? This is the history of litters I have for her and I know I am missing some but am having trouble with details since the last one I have recorded.

First Litter: Believed to have been fathered by the Robson’s 4:4 Male
Born: November 2015
Cubs born: 3
Cubs died: 3; 1 disappeared early, 2 others killed at a year old by the Flat Rock Male

Second Litter: Seen mating with the Anderson Male and Flat Rock Male
Born: October 2017
Cubs born: 1 known
Cubs died: 1

Third Litter: Suspected to be fathered by the Flat Rock Male, possibly the Anderson Male
Born: March 2018
Cubs born: 2 females; named the Nkuwa Female and Finfoot Female
Cubs died: None

Fourth Litter: Seen mating with the Flat Rock Male
Born: Late December 2019
Cubs born: 2 cubs, sexes unknown
Cubs died: Both;

Fifth Litter: Seen mating with the Flat Rock Male, possibly Kunyuma/Senegal Bush Male
Born: Approx. Late June 2020
Cubs born: ?

Hi Michael, we did see her mate with the Senegal Bush male before and now that he has shifted his territory further west into her territory, it is possible that he is the father of these cubs. I know that at least one 0f the cubs is a female but I am not sure on the other cub as I have not had a good look.

What a fantastic sighting! Luckily you had guests with cameras that were able to capture these moments with Nhlanguleni and her cubs on the move. Your video was a great way to end your story. It’s a shame that your battery died, but you’d have had the memories that is just as special.

Tiny sweet little cubbies! The river crossing must have been a bit tense. Yikes! They are so little to be doing water crossings. But thankfully alls well that ends well!

Fabulous photos by Austin Chen! And your iPhone video was great too Jess! So beautiful, all of it.

Loved this story of your day and the photos by your guests! Leopards are my favorite and how can you not adore those cubs???

That must have been incredible to witness!!!

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