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Xinkhova 2:2 Female

Xinkhova 2:2 Female

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Matt Rochford

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Growing up in the small coastal town of Mtunzini afforded Matt a childhood of endless adventures and the freedom to explore the rich diversity of animal and plant life in the area. He thus developed his passion for wildlife at a young age. ...

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on Introducing The Xinkhova 2:2 Female Leopard

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Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

Fabulous news Matt announcing the name of Nkoveni A – Xinkhova. It’s a terrific choice given the territory in which they have spent time, and although it’s unlikely she will be able to remain in the area for the long term, due to the existing leopards residing throughout the Londolozi property, circumstances may change and she will be able to claim space for herself.
I’m looking forward to learning Cub B’s name soon. There will be two more additional pages to add to the Londolozi Leopard Book!

Linda Bangs
Explorer

Nice to see some cooperation between the 2 reserves! Old grievances die hard so there is hope for the world!

Vin Beni
Guest contributor

She certainly is beautiful! It’s been interesting being so “involved” with her development.
Hope to see her when we visit next!

Christa Blessing
Master Tracker

Such good news about this young female, her mother and her sister! I saw them as little babies playing around with their mother. It was such a wonderful time we spent with this trio. I do hope that all three of them will thrive and be successful in raising more/ respectively their own cubs. And I do hope that I will see at least one of them again at Londolozi.

Michael and Terri Klauber
Guest contributor

Matt, what exciting news and thanks for explaining how you came up with her name. We will look forward to hopefully seeing her on our next visit!

Camille Koertner
Senior Digital Ranger

Exciting times ahead! Thanks for sharing the update on this amazing trio as well as the beautiful leopard photos. I hate to ask…but could you please phonetically pronounce Xinkhova’s new name so we can start out right from the get go!

Babs Putar
Explorer

They are such beautiful creatures and the photographs are stunning. I do hope they will survive the trials, tribulations and challenges of the bush and grow into maturity and to one-day having their own offspring.

Francesca Doria
Master Tracker

Matt, this is one of the greatest gift to me this year. I had hoped so long for the girls to be successful. And they are incredibly nice, funny and beautiful. Such a wonderful story, a charming lady, she’s a real poser like she knew she’s a stunner! Thank you!

Anita Santoro
Senior Digital Ranger

Is it me just not paying close enough attention to other leopards (aside from my fave boy Ntomi with his birthmark in his eye), or does she seem to have two distinct colors in her eyes vs. other leopards? She’s a beautiful for sure!

Suzanne Gibson
Guest contributor

I saw Xinkhova briefly 2 weeks ago on her own. Further on we then found Nkoveni with her other daughter (Stonedrift). Nkoveni kept contact calling but was too far away for Xinkhova to hear her.
We had a fabulous sighting in February of both daughters playing around a dead tree they particularly favoured. As you say Matt, they have brought much joy to all of those fortunate enough to have seen them.

Chelsea Allard
Master Tracker

A beautiful name for a beautiful leopard. I’m so glad to see another intact litter make it to independence. I hope she sticks around so we can watch her have cubs of her own for years to come. The Nkoveni female is a fantastic mother in her later years.

William Paynter
Master Tracker

Matt, thanks for the update on the two young female leopards. Xinkhova is certainly a unique name. Hoping she has a good life at Londolozi.

Valmai Vorster
Master Tracker

Thank you Matt for sharing the new beautiful name of on of the Nkoveni females. Xinkhova we will get used to that name quickly, just like the [Ximungwe] Ntomi male’name. All the leopards on Londolozi are such stunning cats.

Johanna Browne
Senior Digital Ranger

Such a hopeful, inspiring and lovely tale of these leopards. Glad the girls are sticking around somewhat too. I do wonder if you might give the proper pronunciations of these names as they are quite foreign to some of us? I very much enjoy the true pronunciation of things. Thank you!

Paul Canales
Master Tracker

Terrific news and great post Matt! Sharing your excitement and anticipation of the future of the two leopards!!

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