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Senegal Bush 3:3 Male

Senegal Bush 3:3 Male

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Nkuwa 3:3 Female

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Ximungwe 5:3 Female

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Piccadilly 3:3 female

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Flat Rock 3:2 Male

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Maxim's 5:3 Male

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Nhlanguleni 3:2 Female

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Kirst Joscelyne

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At less than a year old, Kirst went to her family’s hut in the Greater Kruger National Park, and has been fortunate enough to continue to go there ever since. Sharing a passion for the bush with her family, led to countless trips ...

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on The Mating Leopards of Londolozi

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Gawie Jordaan
Digital Tracker

Good morning Kirst.
Of the three males Maxim, Senegal & Flatrock who is the biggest in size? I know it is a bit of a ‘tricky’ question. Then, is the gestation period a more or less number of days depending on the female?

Francesca Doria
Master Tracker

Leopards are such intelligent creatures, they have to take decisions all alone, their behaviour cannot be given for granted. So it happens that females too mate to different males. These animals are amazingly beautiful their pictures are always top quality. Let’s hope mothers will be luckier this year

Chelsea Allard
Master Tracker

If female cubs are given territory by their mothers, is there not a higher risk of them then mating with their fathers (assuming he’s still the dominant male in the area)? Are they able to sense who is not an appropriate genetic match?

Kara Taylor
Master Tracker

From the recent blog posts it did seem the Senegal Bush Male was quite busy. He must have sired many cubs by now.

Christa Blessing
Master Tracker

Wow, the Senegal male seems to be very busy – mating with three ladies!
I saw him mating last time when I was in Londolozi. It was a great sighting which I appreciated very much.
I do hope that the female leopards will become pregnant soon nd then will be able to raise the new cubs as successfully as they did their last litters.
Great photos of all the leopards!

Debra Matott
Senior Digital Ranger

Good luck to all of the female leopards and to you folks trying to find the cubs!

William Paynter
Master Tracker

Thanks for the update Kirst. It is always interesting to keep up with the mating and offspring of the many leopards of Londolozi. Hopefully the females will be successful in raising their cubs and expanding the population. Don’t want to see the numbers dwindle.

Valmai Vorster
Master Tracker

Hi Kirst, the Senegal Bush male has been very busy mating with three different females. Flat Rock male and Maxim’s male also took advantage of the females being on heat. So soon we will be seeing little cubs again, that is always a positive. How long is the gestation time of the female leopards.

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

Greetings Kirst,
Terrific report today on the mating cycles of these three females, now that they’re available to reproduce again. It appears the Senegal Bush male has more opportunities for mating within his territory than the other two males mentioned, or they just haven’t been observed mating with others.
It’s presumed Ntomi’s father is Senegal Bush male but is there a different father for Mahlahla?
The mating ritual is fascinating to observe, although at times it seems rather violent. So, I’m hoping like all of you that there will be new cubs end of February, early March. Perhaps this will be the year that my African visit will offer a sighting of little cubs.

Vin Beni
Guest contributor

Thanks for the incredible sighting updates. I can only imagine first time visitors beginning to land at the airstrip coming upon the 2 mating leopards as their welcome party!

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

It would be quite the welcome party to arrive at that, wouldn’t it?

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