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Nkoveni 2:2 Female

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Nkoveni 3:2 Young Female B

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Ximungwe 5:3 Female

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Ntomi 3:3 Male

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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 The Soon-to-be Independent Leopards of Londolozi

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Suzanne Gibson
Guest contributor

Thanks for including your fabulous photo of Nkoveni and her 2 daughters – I’m sure you’ll all really miss them when they split up as they’ve provided so many hours of entertainment for you and your guests! We were lucky enough in February to watch them playing in and around that dead knobthorn tree they favoured.
I think when Finfoot and Nkuwe split from Nhlanguleni they stayed together initially?

Robert Ball
Contributor

We did see the Finfoot and Nkuwa female together temporarily, however this was most likely because they were both attempting to establish territories in a similar area. The Finfoot female has subsequently established a territory a lot further south of Londolozi.

Christa Blessing
Master Tracker

I saw these two Nkoveni Young Females last year when they were only two months old and it was such a pleasure watching them playing with their mother. They were chasing mum and playing with her; adorable. I am so glad that the two of them have made it so far.
Also the other two young leopards are such beautiful animals. I do hope that at least some of them will remain in the vicinity and everyone at Londolozi can enjoy their presence in the future.

Robert Ball
Contributor

We hope so too, Christa! Only time will tell…

Michael and Terri Klauber
Guest contributor

Thanks Robert! It is really exciting to see the leopard population continuing to grow. We look forward to hearing more about these “rookies” as the come into their own!

Robert Ball
Contributor

You’re welcome, We will be sure to keep you in the loop!

Francesca Doria
Master Tracker

It’s always a bit sad when youngsters leave. I hope you will be able to follow them although the future of the Ximungwe young male may look a bit more uneasy. I hope they will.all thrive!

Robert Ball
Contributor

As we all do! Only time will tell…

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

Thanks for this informative article about the new, almost independent leopards of Londolozi. I feel as though I know these young leopards, although during my visit in April 2021 we were not able to find the dens of Nkoveni or Ximungwe, but did manage to catch a quick glimpse of the Piccadilly young female. Oh well, there’s always next year’s trip! What I find interesting is how many female leopards have made it to independence whilst only two, soon to be three males have made it to independence in the last four years. Is there any scientific reasoning behind this?
Your accompanying photos were great to see as well, especially Nkoveni and her daughters and the b/w portrait of Ximungwe young male.

Robert Ball
Contributor

Thats a good observation Denise. I personally would put it down to mere coincidence. We do however tend to see young male cubs being a bit more ‘explorative’ and hence they do sometimes find themselves in compromising situations.

William Paynter
Master Tracker

Thank you Robert for the wonderful update on the young leopards of Londolozi. The naming process will be interesting. I can not wait to hear the results.

Robert Ball
Contributor

You’re welcome William, I’m glad you enjoyed it! Watch this space for introducing the above-mentioned leopards (with their new names…)

Michael Fleetwood
Digital Tracker

Great article Robbie! Where does the Piccadilly Female’s territory sit now that she ceded most of it on Londolozi to her daughter? Has she moved back further east? Also will be interesting to see how the Nkoveni female and her daughters end up distributing territory, especially with the Plaque Rock Female there as well.

Robert Ball
Contributor

She has moved slightly further South and East, but we still see her – especially in and around the Sand River opposite Tree Camp.

Valmai Vorster
Master Tracker

The Nkoveni cubs are so beautiful and cannot wait to hear what there names are going to be. Such lovely foto’s of them and of the Ximungwe males cub with spek in his eye. There must be at least 4 different leopard mothers with cubs now on Londolozi, which is great for the leopard population and for all the guests to see them.

Robert Ball
Contributor

Watch this space for the introduction of the above-mentioned leopards (and their new names!)

Anita Santoro
Senior Digital Ranger

Ximungwe Young Male is simply the most beautiful leopard. Looking forward to watching him grow old!

Robert Ball
Contributor

Beautiful indeed!

Lisa Antell
Master Tracker

Every one of them gorgeous and worthy of being dominant adults. Hopefully all will have that chance….

Robert Ball
Contributor

Hopefully so!

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