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Kirst Joscelyne


At less than a year old, Kirst went to her family’s hut in the Greater Kruger National Park, and has been fortunate enough to continue to go there ever since. Sharing a passion for the bush with her family, led to countless trips ...

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Hi, just seeing the Mashaba female is a unique experience and joy, then the whole sequence is exhilarating- that handsome Nweti male sharing the kill and tree with her (glad to see she’s able to hunt and climb a tree with a heavy burden to
secure her prey!). The elephant bull adds the pathos to the scene, it’s funny he felt the need to menace to scare off the leopard, maybe he thought he might have been a lion or a lion pride. Anyway a bull has no enemies perhaps he just shows off as his testosterone levels are high. Superb, very welcome Blog!

What a fantastic sighting you had, Kirst! To see the 2 seldom-seen leopards together plus the interaction with the ellie must have been amazing.

How remarkable to see them interact through your pictures!

So his territory? Do you think he’ll let her hang out?!

Great encounter First. Thank you for sharing. The elephant intrusion was interesting the witness I am sure.

The Mashaba female sharing her kill with the Nweti male is spectacular. Both leopards are stunning and I am glad the Nweti male did not run away from scene when the elephant bull came crashing in on their time together. Kirst do you think the Mashaba female could still have cubs, with her being of age. She is special and having any images of her know is a bonus.

How exciting to have viewed both of these leopards in such close proximity considering that they are legends within their own territories. Add to the sighting a hyena and bull elephant to make the encounter even more memorable. The hyena disappeared quickly which I found curious but perhaps it was due to the intimidating size. More interesting was that Nweti didn’t run away, but stayed close by, gauging the elephant’s demeanor and movements. Animal behavior is truly amazing as one can never assume or predict behavior. Wish I’d been there….

Great photos, Kirst, of these leopards, the hyena and the elephant bull.
It’s also such good news to hear that the Mashaba Female is still around though seen only on rare occasions.
Amazing, that she still has the strength to hoist her prey into a tree.

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That was a special sighting – lucky guests

Kirst, So happy to hear that you found Mashaba! We have followed her since she was sub-adult. Hoping she might mate again and try for another litter!

Great sighting Kirst, and happy to see the Mashaba female in a post and apparently doing well!

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