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Nkoveni 2:2 Female

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Patrick Grealy

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Patrick was born and raised in Johannesburg and from a young age dreamt about living in the bush. He grew up going on family holidays to Madikwe in the North West where his passion grew. After high school Patrick went to the Eastern ...

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on Two Outstanding Mothers and Their Recent Success

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Great write up and photos Patrick. Looking forward to coming back and seeing you in 2024!

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

These two feline mothers certainly have done an outstanding job in raising their cubs, especially Nkoveni who managed to raise two. I also know how difficult it is for a cheetah mother to raise cubs, especially in an area that doesn’t have an extensive plains for roaming cheetahs, but she succeeded. But I feel it’s only fair to mention the successes of both the Ximungwe and the Piccadilly females as well, the former raising two males back to back. So there was a rumor Xinzele had another litter of cubs – any truth to that?

Paul Canales
Master Tracker

Great post Patrick, and it has been really amazing to follow these two mothers along with you all at Londolozi! Question; why don’t cheetah get names? my guess is that they are too nomadic to track or associate with a territory. Let me know, and thanks!!

Mary Beth Wheeler
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This is a wonderful blog updating the two caf families, Patrick! It brought back fun memories we have of spending time with Nkoveni and the two daughters last April. We saw a male leopard then – perhaps the father? Thanks for all the great images, too!

Valmai Vorster
Master Tracker

Nkoveni female and her two female cubs brought so much pleasure to us, seeing them all three together playing with one another. Nkoveni is a strong and independent mother and she protected them well. The Cheetah mom did equally well by raising this male cub to adulthood. Both mothers deserve a free meal for raising these cub to adulthood in a reserve where there are many predators.

Francesca Doria
Master Tracker

Hi, thank you sooo much for this double summary of the delightful naughty twins and the lovely young cheetah. Yes indeed the mothers were superb! It is hard to believe that they managed to escape all those bigger and stronger (or lethal) predators. This is a gift for the end of the year and a wish for all mothers-to-be to have success! Happy New year!

Kara Taylor
Master Tracker

How exciting and amazing to be able to see those mothers rear their cubs into independence. The cheetah cub viewing must’ve been absolutely amazing.

Christa Blessing
Master Tracker

Admirable animals, those mothers and their cubs.

Michael Fleetwood
Digital Tracker

It is remarkable that both mothers (particularly the cheetah) have managed to be so succesful. The only downside perhaps to the Nkoveni Female’s success is that all three of the cubs she’s raised have been female, and she will have to cede a portion of her territory to them, limiting access to den sites she previously used. The Mashaba Female seems to have been affected by this factor since raising the Ximungwe Female. The Sunsetbend legacy will be firmly entrenched on Londolozi for the foreseeable future!

William Paynter
Master Tracker

Great update Patrick. No matter the species, being a Mother is a tough job. Hope things continue to go well for the leopards and the cheetahs.

Lisa Antell
Master Tracker

Anytime you can watch the full life cycle of the very hard working big cats and their growing developing cubbies is something to treasure! Besides the fact that their beauty takes your breath away…..

Vin Beni
Guest contributor

Cheetah mom’s performance is admirable given the potential for disaster.

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