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Mashaba 3:3 Female

Mashaba 3:3 Female

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As a young boy growing up on an agricultural farm in Zimbabwe, Sean spent every opportunity entertaining himself outdoors, camping in the local nature reserve and learning about all facets of the natural world. After completing a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental ...

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Sean, What a great video. We are SO excited to see our Mashaba – and especially with her cubs. We will be hoping to see her again in person next year!

Thank you so much, Michael and Terri. I really hope you get to see her again when you next visit. She is a tricky one to find now but if you put in the hard work I am sure you will.

Sean that was a phenomenal sighting of the Mashaba female and her two cubs. That really was a wonderful surprise. I know she is getting old, but to see her with those two cubs makes my heart ❤ very happy knowing that the cubs are alive and she is doing well.

Thank you so much, Valmai. It was a great sighting of her and then the highlights of her cubs are always great to see. Sadly, her cubs are no longer alive.

Tracking is really a very special skill. I am always surprised how trackers and guides can find and interpret even the slightest traces in sand and grass. And what a wonderful surprise these super cute cubs of the Mashaba female are!

I guess learning to track can help the experience so much and it definitely takes some hard work and practice.

Wonderful to see this throwback video of Mashaba. I had suspected her cub did not survive, along with the others by Nkuwa, Xinzele…. It’s extremely difficult to raise cubs to adulthood so it’s all the more amazing that both Ximungwe and Nkoveni have achieved that small percentage of success. So, the surprise at the end of the video – I’m assuming this video was taken after Mashaba’s two cubs were discovered earlier this year. It would be too incredible that she would have given birth again….but I like surprises!!

It is so difficult to raise cubs out here for a mother leopard. The surprise was a compilation of the highlights of the cubs before she lost them.

Oh they were so cute – are they both gone ?

Sadly, we believe so.

The Mashaba female is a symbol of resilience and motherhood! I can’t believe how unlucky she is. I will always support her in my thoughts.

Sean, thanks for the update on the Mashaba Female and surprise, her cubs. What a treat to see them alive and well so far. Hope she is successful in raising both.

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Nice Shoes! I wish I could find those in the US. They are so comfortable! Really important for a game ranger (or for a geologist for that matter ha ha ha). (Cubs were really cute too!)

Thanks, Paul. They are the best shoes.

I am so bummed that Mashaba hasn’t been able to raise any more cubbies…..these cats are such good mamas, but sometimes they just end up in difficult territories.

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