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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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Hi Matt, is Nottens the name of the area he has come from? If so, guess that was the case for the Nottens female, who I think still holds the record for the oldest leopard on Londolozi when she died at 17?

Great news, Matt. He is indeed a very beautiful young leopard.
By the way, how do these young leopards “know” who their father is? Is it because a male leopard kind of accepts his own offspring? But how does he know who his sons or daughters are? The ladies seem to mate with several males, don’t they, so that everybody thinks the cubs are theirs.

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Super photos and interesting back story, this blog is one of the things that is so special about Londolozi , th culture of photography and the knowledge of the backgrounds of the animals they are photographing

Hi Matt, the Nottens male is quite a stunning specimen and yes he certainly does look like his father the Nweti male. He is very clever staying close to his dad for protection and learning to be independent. Usually the male cubs stay with their mother for 2 years, but you say he was forced to independence much earlier than usual. Please keep us to date with this beautiful specimen and also the Ntomi males escapades please.

Matt, it will be fascinating to watch the Nottens male as he matures. Thank you for sharing this information .

How exciting! Tho I hope no fighting! It is amazing how different they look once you get to know them. And he really does look like his dad doesn’t he?! The Ntomi male favors his mum I think 🙂

This is exciting news Matt! Nottens is a stunning male, in part due to his lineage. Both his mother and father are notable leopards within SabiSabi: Ntsumi has successfully raised Golyoni female as well as Nottens, and her daughters at 7 months, could also add to her story as one of the impressive mothers of SabiSands, and Nweti, given his size and power is the most formidable male in his territory. I saw Nottens almost a year ago, recently pushed away by his mother, but still following her around and when she wasn’t looking, he’d sneak in to feed on her kill. As you stated, it would be nice to see him more frequently, but given the established male leopards within the Londolozi borders, it probably won’t happen. After all Ntomi is still around! Thanks for the update.

These are among some of the most welcomed news, a new leopard around! It’s not only because their intriguing, complex behaviour, but also as they’re so important to contribute to keep the leopard population healthy. And they are the most beautiful animals around!

The Nottens Male is an incredible combination of youth, power, and unrivaled beauty. The pattern of spots on the hind legs are breathtaking. The lineage is very interesting.

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