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Barry grew up in Johannesburg and knew from a young age that he had a true love for the African bush yet it was only after spending several years in the corporate world in Europe, followed by a two year sabbatical of traveling ...

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on The Search For Leopard Cubs of Mother And Daughter: The Nhlanguleni Female and The Nkuwa Female

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Ann Marie
Explorer

Well done, Barry.

Christa Blessing
Master Tracker

So great that there are so many cubs at Londolozi at this time of the year. I am really looking forward to making their acquaintance! Only a few more days to wait till I will hopefully be able to see some of them at least.
The photos of these cubs are so beautiful. Cats – and especially leopards- are just the most beautiful animals one can imagine.

Valmai Vorster
Master Tracker

Barry that will be fantastic to see the Nkuwa females cubs and her mother the Nhlanguleni females cubs. That will certainly be a highlight for us all. Cannot believe that they live so close to one another and have cubs. Hope they do not fight with each other.

William Paynter
Master Tracker

Fascinating adventure looking for the leopard cubs. Thanks for sharing Barry, I hope these cubs survive to adult hood.

Mark Ceres
Senior Digital Ranger

Great story The Dudley Riverbank was our best leopard sighting back in 2011. This year we were fortunate enough to see many more! Back in 2011 he was still a beautiful leopard before he lost his eye.

Suzanne Gibson
Master Tracker

How exciting, Barry! What’s your guess as to who the father might be?

Mary Beth Wheeler
Master Tracker

These two mothers are very successful at keeping their den sites ‘private’ and, later, secreting their older cubs from view! During our recent visit, we saw Nhlanguleni but no cubs and spent the better part of 3 drives searching for Nkua and cubs. We’d seen Nhlanguleni, Nkua and Finfoot together in 2018. So fun searching, though!!

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

I don’t think there’s anything cuter than a week’s old leopard cub, with their big blue eyes and fuzzy spotted coat. Other big cat cubs are sweet, but the leopard cubs are a 10/10 for me on the cuteness scale. Going forward, I’m hoping both can raise their cubs to adulthood without incidents. Considering mothers are extremely protective, living for now in close proximity, could result in heartbreak. Thanks for this update and I look forward to the continuing story.

Michael Fleetwood
Master Tracker

Extremely interesting Barry! Great to have a photo of one of the Nkuwa Female’s cubs as well! Do you know the sexes of the cubs yet?

Francesca Doria
Master Tracker

Hi Matt, every time I read about leopards I feel a sense of awe… especially with cubs! In this case, the Nhlanguleni female is both mum and grandma… so she’s sharing territory with her daughter but also a den for her grandchildren. Her dna has more probabilities to survive and her mother- and grandmother? Instinct is surely strong… in several animals, including cats and lions, grandmothers have a pivotal role in taking care of their pride. Maybe some leopards start to act like that? At last in the most primitive form. Very intriguing! Thank you so much for the great article and irresistible pictures!

Paul Canales
Master Tracker

Exciting and informative post Berry! Looking forward to future updates.

Anita Santoro
Digital Tracker

Fun fun playing hide and seek with new cubs! Do you think both sets share a dad?

Irene Nathanson
Senior Digital Ranger

Leopards are so awesome especially when with their cubs. Amazing that they are denning so close together. Thank you for the amazing article and collection of photos

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