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Nkuwa 3:3 Female

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Kyle Gordon


Kyle was born and raised in the Eastern Highlands of Zimbabwe. His childhood was spent scurrying barefooted along the banks of various rivers and dams, fishing rod ever-in-hand, enjoying the beauty and freedom of outdoors. Kyle obtained a degree in construction from UCT ...

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Life and death all part of the world we live in especially in nature where it is on raw display. Thank you for sharing the pictures of the hunt for survival.

I think a leopard’s hunt is the most appropriate example to talk about the macabre dance of life and death. Maybe only a winged predator would do the same (a falcon or a dragonfly) or a fish. So quick and precise, like a flash. They overpower their prey easily and with a mortal grip that lasts a relatively short time. I always feel sorry for the victim, its large beautiful eyes opened wide on nothing, but that’s the rule of the wilderness…

I must admit I skipped the byline when I started reading, but half way through I knew you had to be the author, Kyle. You have such a way with words. It makes reading about a difficult, but necessary (and exciting for you!) scene enjoyable. I can only imagine how all the onlookers much have felt witnessing something so primal. I’m reading a memoir about a cougar study in Idaho in the 1960’s, and have learned they ambush their prey and typically break their necks. It’s been interesting to learn about our (the US) native big cats in contrast to having learned so much about lions and leopards via this blog.

Bravo! Thanks for this beautifully written article!! We love reading all of Londelozi’s stories since it takes us right back to this magical place. We spent 4 unforgettable days with Matt and Terrence (they are absolutely the best) and will treasure these memories of the most awesome safaris for the rest of our lives.

Beautifully written as always, Kyle. For me, leopards really are the ultimate predators – doesn’t mean I want to watch the actual kill, though. I’d love to know where her 2 cubs were, and also if she managed to stash it before any hyenas arrived?

This story of life and death is so sad, but on the other hand extremely exciting and a necessity for the survival of one species against the need of the other animal to stay alive.
What an exciting afternoon drive you had to witness this struggle between prey and predator.

That is so exciting to see the Nkuwa female lying in her Marula tree, and then the next moment she is down the tree and hunting to feed her 2 sons and herself. She is a magnificent leopardess and a very good hunter pulling down such a huge ram.

Excellent story and memorable images Kyle. Nkuwa has been doing an amazing job of raising her two male cubs, who are now about 11 months, by successfully hunting for prey that is large enough for the three of them. I do think about how any loss of a predator or prey is a harsh reality, but knowing that one life is sacrificed in order to sustain various species in the food chain, keeps the balance of the natural wilderness in balance.

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