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Stone Drift 3:2 Female

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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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Thank you Matt for bringing us up to date on the Nkoveni sisters, namely the second one, Stone Drift. It’s good to know she’s doing so well and is spending more time in Londolozi, although it’s a shame Xinkhova has moved into your neighbors territory. It would be great to see them in the same area now and again. As far as your description of your first encounter with the cubs, that sounds like a heart stopper, hearing the low growl – at least she gave out a warning.

The Stone Drift 3:2 Female is certainly a beautiful specimen. It amazes me that some of these leopards appear to me to be so much more striking/impressive than others.

These twins were the greatest joy to see, as they grew and played a lot with each other, spending their first years of life together. I guess it was a chill to hear the growl, but as this leopard knows who is her enemy and who is not, she just uttered a warning message. I’m over the moon about the definite name and thriving of both young ladies

She is such a beauty! Actually, both sisters are. The portraits of this young leopard are for me perfection.
I also saw them when they were only a few weeks old, playing with their mom in that drainage line. Such a wonderful sighting! They wer so relaxed and were chasing each other around bushes. Something I will never forget.
I am looking forward to seeing the fully grown ladies in August.

She’s a beauty – that banner photo with the yellow vegetation in the foreground is elegant! We enjoyed seeing her with her sister and mum almost a year ago on the border road, playing and jumping onto logs, each other and the neighbor’s sign. Memorable!

What a beautiful name for a beautiful leopard. Stone drift, fabulous.

Matt at last we can now identify the second cub of Nkoveni by name, Stone Drift. They are both beautiful leopards in their own right. I must admit, I would of frozen stiff when hearing the Nkoveni female warning not to come closer. Thank you for enlightening us with this beautiful name for the second cub. We certainly will be waiting for updates for the where abouts of these two sisters.

I’m so glad both sisters are doing well. What a treat to have another intact litter make it to independence, let alone two females. I hope I’ll be reading blogs of their successful litters in the years to come.

Matt, thanks for the update! It is really exciting that both of these young females have survived. We know how rare that is, and look forward to seeing them on our next visit!

Both are such beautiful girls and you are very very lucky to be able to see them on Londolozi!

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