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Nkoveni 2:2 Female

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Kyle Gordon

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Kyle was born and raised in the Eastern Highlands of Zimbabwe. His childhood was spent scurrying barefooted along the banks of various rivers and dams, fishing rod ever-in-hand, enjoying the beauty and freedom of outdoors. Kyle obtained a degree in construction from UCT ...

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where is the friend the tsalala lioness had for a bit . I do hope there still together

Ian Hall
Master Tracker

Going to ask same

Anita Santoro
Senior Digital Ranger

I wondered the same after the video over last weekend…

Iren Juppa
Explorer

Mhangemi the lioness is said to have returned to her pride and was even said to be pregnant.

Kyle Gordon
Contributor

Hi All, sorry for the late reply but yes, Iren is correct. She seems to have returned to her main pride in the West. I am unsure about the pregnancy but that is very exciting!

Sandra Scott
Explorer

2 favorties: the 3 elephants and the mother and young giraffe

Kyle Gordon
Contributor

Thanks so much for that, Sandra! I do love the elephant one too.

Chelsea Allard
Master Tracker

This week I loved the Tsalala female and the mother giraffe with her calf.

Kyle Gordon
Contributor

Thanks, Chelsea. The colours in the Tsalala female picture are beautiful.

Bob and Lucie Fjeldstad
Guest contributor

Love the giraffes & the hippo, and of course the leopards. But my fav was the vehicle looking over the lions at sunset. I have always wanted to show friends what a safari can be and this does it! This was a real Kyle Gordon retrospective!!!

Kyle Gordon
Contributor

Thanks, Bob! It is always fun to get shots like that with a game viewer or person that give the viewer some perspective on what it’s like out there.

Darlene Knott
Master Tracker

Lots of great photos, but I will have to say the Nkoveni leopard and her soon to be independent daughter in the tree was our favorite! Loved the snarling Senegal Bush male interaction with the Eyrefield make also. Thanks for sharing these, Kyle Gordon!

Kyle Gordon
Contributor

Thanks Darlene, the background is very busy in that photo but I just loved the interaction between the two!

Michael Kalm
Guest contributor

Wow! The conflict between the Eyrefield and Senegal Bush males. I always hope that leopards are smarter than people, but guess not.

Kyle Gordon
Contributor

Hi Michael, I think they just want to perpetuate their lineage as much as possible and keeping other males at bay is the only way of doing that.

Michael Kalm
Guest contributor

Admittedly, my comment was somewhat tongue in cheek. We alleged “homo sapiens” do the same thing. We want to perpetuate OUR group over “the other.” Over 200 years ago, Benjamin Franklin said, “Gentlemen, either we all hang together, or we will surely all hang separately.” With climate catastrophe upon us, we simply cannot afford this rank tribalism.

Kara Taylor
Master Tracker

Oh wow I loved all of those pictures! The Leoaprds, the Giraffes, the Warthog and the Wild Dogs all so beautiful 🤩 you were spoilt for choice this week !

Kyle Gordon
Contributor

Thanks, Kara. We were very lucky with sightings last week!

Vin Beni
Guest contributor

The Ximungwe Young Male is certainly growing into a magnificent specimen.
Loved the Giraffe calf in the rarely captured image lying down.

Kyle Gordon
Contributor

Thanks Vin! It was a special moment between mother and calf.

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

There are powerful images here this week Kyle and choosing one is impossible so here’s my two: the giraffe duo and then the Nkoveni snarling at her cub in the tree. The former image illustrating a peaceful moment in the bush followed by an irritated leopardess mom. Terrific hub of editing this week Kyle.

Kyle Gordon
Contributor

Thanks so much, Denise! It was a fun week and one in which we were spoilt a little bit!

Francesca Doria
Master Tracker

All great as always and leopards always at a top level, but this week my favourite is the giraffe mother with her adorable calf! Hope it grows up adulthood with so many predators around.

Kyle Gordon
Contributor

Thanks, Fransesca! It really was such a beautiful, tranquil moment.

Kylea Potvin
Explorer

It may have been that the picture of the mother giraffe with her calf came after the violent clash of the leopards, but it was my favourite of the group this week, just for the serenity imbued by the moment captured. Loved it.

Kyle Gordon
Contributor

Thanks Kylea, it was a very special moment. I think quite a few people enjoyed that one too.

William Paynter
Master Tracker

Kyle, I am sure the pictures of the two male leopards fighting will have a lot of interest from everyone including myself, but the shot I like best is the one of the Senegal Bush Male staring after the Eyrefield Male. It just has a great intensity about it.

Kyle Gordon
Contributor

Thanks, William. It was definitely a very intense situation!

Chris Cordon
Explorer

Where did the mhangeni lioness go that was hanging out with the Tsalala female?

Kyle Gordon
Contributor

Hi Chris, the Mangheni lioness seems to have returned to her pride in the West.

Valmai Vorster
Master Tracker

Congrats Kate your foto is stunning. Kyle all these foto’s are so beautiful, it is very hard to choose just one. But I must say the mother giraffe and her baby is so precious. The new leopard on Londolozi is beautiful, I don’t know that leopard. I did not receive an email yesterday, was there a problem with the system.

Kyle Gordon
Contributor

Thanks so much, Valmai. I’m not sure what happened with the system but if you just tap on the blog button at the top of the page it will direct you to the rest and you can catch up! But thanks for the comment and I think you seem to be with the majority in enjoying the giraffe mother and calf!

Anita Santoro
Senior Digital Ranger

wow! great shots! so curious about the Senegal Bush male and what happened after that tussle??? did he get bit/hurt? not sure if it’s just the shot but the Eyrefield male’s teeth sure look sharper than normal…is he young? handsome guy!

Kyle Gordon
Contributor

Thanks, Anito! All ended well and I have written a blog on the full story so you can see exactly what happened when that comes out! The Eyrefield male is about 3 years younger so you could definitely be right there! He’s a beautiful leopard and I hope we get to see more of him!

Mj Bradley
Senior Digital Ranger

Thank you for another fantastic ‘This Week In Pictures” My favorite photos ore of the Senegal Bush male & the Eyrefield Male.. Close second was the entertaining Ximhungwe young male

Kyle Gordon
Contributor

Thanks, MJ! It was a very exciting moment!!

Lisa Antell
Master Tracker

The leopards keep things exciting as usual! And Tsalala stealing food from her (potential) father and 1/2 brother too! Whew!

Kyle Gordon
Contributor

Hi Lisa, I’m glad you enjoyed! it was a very exciting week!

Marcia Parker
Digital Tracker

So many wonderful photos Kyle! Favorite for me is the elephant pic. Thanks. 🤩👍❤️

Kyle Gordon
Contributor

Thanks, Marcia. I love the composition of that photo.

Christa Blessing
Master Tracker

Thanks for this week‘s great pictures.
Nice that once in a while a warthog features as a star in one.
The fight between these two male leopards seems to have been quite dramatic and serious.
I like the one of the young Ximungwe male best. I hope for him that he will manage to find a good territory one day. He is such a beauty.

Kyle Gordon
Contributor

Thanks, Christa. The Ximungwe young male is a gorgeous specimen. I hope he doesn’t wander too far!

Michael and Terri Klauber
Guest contributor

Kyle, What an exciting set of images! It is rare to see two leopards challenging each other and the scene must have had your adrenaline going! We loved the image of the vehicle watching over the lions hunting – our favorite this week!

Kyle Gordon
Contributor

Hi Michael and Terri, it definitely had the adrenaline spiking for sure! Thanks for that, I enjoy the context of the vehicle in the shot. Shows what it can be like out there!

Al Kaiser
Guest contributor

Do you have more information about the Eyrefield male?

Kyle Gordon
Contributor

Hi Al. To be honest, we don’t have a lot of info on him as he is so rarely seen. It was my first time seeing him. But this is our profile on him: https://leopards.londolozi.com/leopard/eyrefield-32-male

Michael Fleetwood
Digital Tracker

Great selection Kyle! Love the shots of the Ximungwe Female and the elephants to start as well! Has the Mhangeni lioness left the Tsalala lioness? It seems she’s been reported without her in recent weeks. Also where do we go to vote on our favorite picture?

Kyle Gordon
Contributor

Hi Michael, thank you for that! The Mangheni lioness has returned to her pride, unfortunately for the Tsalala female. We are watching that story with great interest. In order to vote, you just vote on here. But then you can vote at the end of the month on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/londolozi/?hl=en for the winner of the each month.

Carly M
Senior Digital Ranger

Wow, brilliant pics this week but my favourite by far is the 3 staggered elephants, followed VERY closely by the mother giraffe and her beautiful baby. Amazing!!! 👏🏻👏🏻

Kyle Gordon
Contributor

Thanks, Carly! I think you are with the majority on the giraffe mother and calf as well as with the elephants!

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