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Robert Ball


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 A Territorial Stand-off between the Maxim’s and Senegal Bush Males

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Willa Stanger
Senior Digital Ranger

Exciting sighting. We followed a similar back-and-forth between the Piccadilly and Plaque Rock females last week that took us all the way back to Tree Camp.

Robert Ball

Another great example of a territorial stand-off!

Michael and Terri Klauber
Master Tracker

Robert, What an exciting encounter! With so many males in the Londolozi boundaries, it is not surprising that they are protective of their territory. Are the males submissive to females who share their territory?

Robert Ball

Territorial Male leopards will be protective over their territory wherever it may be. No, they are not submissive however they will allow a female to hold her territory within his own (multiple females with their respective territories in fact)

Vin Beni
Master Tracker

The Senegal Bush male has been the subject of so many intersting blog entries. We followed his tracks for hours and finally gave up the chase to have our sundowner. Who comes strolling down the path directly at us but the object of our pursuit.

Valmai Vorster
Master Tracker

Oh Robbie, it was always in the back of my mind that the Senegal Bush Male is old now and that a new stronger, younger male will try and take over his territory. The Maxim’s Male is a stunning leopard and very big. But my heart is still with the Senegal Bush Male. Hope they do not fight over the territory and hurt each other.

Mary Beth Wheeler
Master Tracker

How exciting to experience this sighting – two big males facing off! I’d have loved to be there! If I had to choose sides, it would be the Maxim’s male, powerful and in his prime.

Valmai Vorster
Master Tracker

The Maxim’s male is a huge and stunning leopard, but I still love the Senegal Bush Male. So many male leopards now on Londolozi, some or other time there will be dispute over territory.

Tricia Ball

I so love reading all of the blog posts, and I had no idea how my interests would multiply so exponentially after finally visiting Londolozi. The leopards are my favorite. They are captivating. I can’t wait to come back in May, 2024. I’m bringing 4 new friends that can’t wait to experience what I did this May. I don’t think they believe the pictures or my personal experiences can possibly be as profound as I have exclaimed. Just you wait, I tell them.

Christa Blessing
Master Tracker

What an exciting encounter. It is so interesting to follow the interactions between all these leopards of Londolozi. The Sabi-Sands lodges are so lucky to have all these leopards

William Paynter
Master Tracker

The fight for territory never ends. Thanks Robbie for the wonderful update. Glad you were able to witness the encounter and report back to us all.

Kara Taylor
Master Tracker

Exciting encounter! I was able to see the Senegal Bush male last week when there – he was quite an awesome looking Leopard, battle worn for sure, but very impressive.

Victoria Auchincloss
Master Tracker

Wow, must have been super exciting! Watching leopards is always exciting! Keep us posted of any further encounters! Thank you! Victoria

Lisa Antell
Master Tracker

Hoping that Senegal Bush Male (Kunyuma to us WildEarth junkies!) will stay put or even move into Hosana’s old territory…..by the way, I believe that your map of territories needs updating with regards to Hosana. Also has anyone seen Misava recently?

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Thank you so much, Lisa. Yes, we have updated the map, the wrong one was put into the blog. The Misava Male was seen about a week ago close to the Londolozi camps.

Paul Canales
Master Tracker

Very excited Robert, and very much looking forward to updates!

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

Wow, Robert, this sounds like an exciting and unbelievable sighting between these two strong leopards. I’ve not seen the Maxim male, but do have a strong connection with the Senegal Bush male and hope they can resolve their territory issues peacefully, without injuries! Looking at the map, it seems the Flat Rock male has the largest territory and appears to be in no danger unless the Tortoise Pan male comes calling. With the independence of the Ximungwe male coming soon, it’s obvious he will have to leave the area, as his half brother did as there are two many senior males within the Londolozi property. Stay tuned definitively!!

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