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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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Thanks Matt. I know leopard territories are changing all the time, but I’d really appreciate another of your maps to get an idea of who is where right now. Is Ndzanzeni still further south in the Dudley area?
I might see you and Terrence next week when I’m back at Founders – can’t wait!

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Such beautiful beautiful animals…

Great news for a successful family legacy, let’s hope it goes on without too many incidents, fights and losses. They are so beautiful, right now where I live an expo about the famous painter Ligabue is made known by a poster with a portrait of a leopard. No surprise he liked those fascinating felines so much!

Great to hear about all these beautiful female leopards and their offspring.
As they are all quite successfully raising cubs the territory seems to become a bit crowded. And there might be more clashes like the one between the Novena and the Three Rivers females. Hopefully not too many with fatal consequences.
Anyway the leopards of Londolozi are just sooo fascinating. Can’t get/ hear enough of them. Thanks for this interesting update on them.

With Nkoveni having settled into a territory in the central southeast, is it more likely that the Three Rivers female will be spending more time in the east, at Mala Mala, where she spent her early years?

Hi Matt, new cubs are always welcome and we really do hope the Plague rock female is pregnant. Glad to hear Nkoveni has established her territory there after loosing her cubs in the fight with the Three Rivers female. Ntomi male is such a gorgeous male and he has grown up to be a stunning specimen.

Thanks for this update Matt. It has been fascinating reading about the changes occurring within the Londolozi leopard population. It does seem that the females have to juggle their territories more often than the males because of accommodating their female offspring. This in turn creates a ripple effect, as the newly independent females overlap into a non-related female’s territory. This is part of why I love following the leopards’ stories as their dynamics always seem to be in transit.

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I can’t wait to see them all again. Thanks for the update and gorgeous photos.

Matt, Thanks for the update on the leopards. It’s so great to see the Nkoveni family growing!

Stunning photos of these beautiful leopards Matt!!

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