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Nhlanguleni 3:2 Female

Nhlanguleni 3:2 Female

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Jess Shillaw


Jess was born in Kwazulu/Natal but grew up in Cape Town. Having an innate love for all things wild but getting to spend little time in the bush while growing up, she headed straight for the Lowveld after school. She completed a guiding ...

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Mark Ceres

Wow what a find!

Chelsea Allard
Master Tracker

If they’d mated in the tree that would have been unbelievable, although I’m sure they are both smart enough not to attempt that. Sad that she may have lost her cub, but it’s all part of being a mother leopard. Looking forward to seeing how this story develops.

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

Interesting behavior, but saddened to read she has probably lost her cub. I had so hoped to see a leopard finally! Oh well, so it goes. In 110 days, there may be at least one cub hidden away somewhere. Thanks for the update.

Francesca Doria
Master Tracker

Hi Kirst, the Nhlanguleni female ‘s life is like a a real drama unfolding under your eyes. I’m sad she lost her cub. I went back to her origins and found she comes from the Sunset bend lineage. She is a beauty and the Senegal Bush Male sports the heavy throat of his age. What a meetup on a tree top! You really never know with leopards

Valmai Vorster
Master Tracker

Jess that is upsetting to hear that the Nhlanguleni female has lost her cub. Well now that we know she has mated with the Senegal bush males, we can just wait patiently to see if she gets pregnant. That will be a substitute for her if she is pregnant so that she can raise a new cub once again.

Christa Blessing
Master Tracker

A great sighting! I have seen several leopards mating, but never such advances in a tree. Really interesting behavior.

Mary Beth Wheeler
Guest contributor

So sad that she’s lost another litter! Let’s hope that she’ll have more success this time.

Sharon Hiles

So interesting to see the interaction between the two. Can’t wait to see them in person from a distance.

Michael Fleetwood
Master Tracker

What a sighting! Funnily enough I recall an image posted in a Week in Pictures with the Senegal Bush Male and her daughter the Nkuwa Female in a tree together as well. Must be how they win the boys’ over lol.

Ann Marie

Maybe, just maybe, I’ll get a peek at a cub late July. It’s pushing it a bit but stranger things have happened. 🤞

William Paynter
Master Tracker

Great viewing of the two leopards together. Thanks for sharing Jess.

Paul Canales
Master Tracker

Amazing sighting Jess!

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