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Matt Rochford


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 Ngungwe 3:3 Female Leopard

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Beautiful photos & great story… one of the most beautiful regal leopards ever..I think she is exquisite!
As well as the Flat Rock Leopard… both stunning creations!

I have been wondering about the whereabouts of the Ngungwe Female since the last mention of her being renamed a few months ago,

Glad to read a mention of the Ntomi Male who has not been heard from much since being named.

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Good stuff

Hi Ngungwe, you are so beautiful! I’ve not seen you or your mother (only her half-sister 3 Rivers) – so .
I’d really appreciate it if you can both hang around until I’m back in November. (Oh and thanks, Matt!)

How fortunate to have five leopard cubs to make it to independence within a close timespan. I wish them all the best of luck in what will hopefully be very long and productive lives.

She truly is a real beauty! I’m so glad for her and her mum! The Nkoveni twins have been a real gift, she comes a little by surprise as other young leopards were more frequently reported. This is a great opening for the new year, I hope all leopards will be lucky and the Mashaba female in particular as she’s getting old. Have you any news on the Inhyatini male, the Mashaba female and the second Nkoveni young female?

Thank you Matt for the introduction to the Piccadilly young female, now referred to as Ngungwe. It’s a fitting name for her given her territory that is in a beautiful part of the reserve. It is no wonder that she is such a stunning looking leopard, given her lineage. I looked back at my photos of both of her parents and she inherited the best traits from both. I hope she continues to thrive within the boundaries of Londolozi, but given the female density there now, I suspect it will be more difficult to carve out a decent sized territory.

Thanks for sharing, beautiful words and images. Miss you all!

Matt I am so pleased to see you are showing these foto’s of this adult cub of the Picadilly female. She is beautiful and I love the way her tongue sticks out on the first foto. Her new name is beautiful and suits her. Hope we can see more of her in the future and hope she will be more relaxed around the vehicles.

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Thank you for the inroduction to the newly named Ngungwe Female. She is beauty Look forward to seeing more photos of her

She is a stunning leopardess and spitting image of the Flat Rock Male! Hopefully she will do her part to continue the Sunsetbend lineage

This young female is an absolute beauty!
Really nice pictures of her, too. I think I saw her in April 21 on exactly the same boulder she is on on one of the photos.
She was patiently waiting for her mother to return. Lovely to know that she is still around and in such good shape.

Thank you Matt for the wonderful pictures of the Ngungwe female. I hope she continues to be successful in establishing her territory .

Three cheers for the Ngungwe Female. Long may she roam and thrive at Londolozi!! Thanks Matt!

Matt, Thanks for the update! We are excited that the Piccadilly Female finally had a cub that made it to independence! Hopefully we will find her on our next visit!

A stunning leopard indeed. And yes how lucky we all are to view leopards and other wildlife so relaxed.

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