Rich Laburn

Head of Digital

Rich is the driving force behind Londolozi’s online storytelling and the Londolozi blog. His passions of digital media, film and photography, combined with his field-guiding background, have seen him take the Londolozi blog to new heights since he began it in 2009.
Rich has numerous degrees in film, media, marketing and is self-taught in all aspects of digital media creation. Having put in the hard yards out in the bush and in the editing studio, he is the perfect candidate to be at the forefront of Londolozi’s digital evolution.

Having started his guiding career at Phinda in KwaZulu Natal, Rich was eventually drawn to the iconic Londolozi to develop its media & communications platforms.

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Stories by Rich

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Give it Horns

March 28, 2013 5

The current rhino poaching crisis is akin to a counter-insurgency war and history has shown that these wars are won only by addressing three key requirements. These include: 1.       Intelligence

Rich's Galleries

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Leopards Sighted

The first cub of the legendary 3:4 female, the Nottens female grew to be the oldest recorded leopard on Londolozi (18yrs)

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Nottens 5:5 Female

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Mother Leopard
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markings
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11 stories
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Parents
1 known
Litters
8 known
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The King of Londolozi in his day; an enormous male whose offspring still inhabit the reserve.

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Camp Pan 4:3 Male

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Unknown
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markings
Timeline
8 stories
Territory
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Parents
2 known
Litters
1 known
Offspring
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The Tu Tones male astounded everyone by establishing his territory within his father Camp Pan's territory.

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Tu-Tones 3:2 Male

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River Female
Identification
markings
Timeline
5 stories
Territory
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Parents
2 known
Litters
1 known
Offspring
known
Siblings
known
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Mashaba 3:3 Female
2008 - present

The Mashaba female is currently Londolozi’s best known leopard. Her relaxed nature means she is comfortable around the camps and vehicles.

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Mashaba 3:3 Female

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Sunsetbend
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markings
Timeline
56 stories
Territory
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Parents
2 known
Litters
5 known
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The Vomba female was a leopard with an instantly recognisable rich golden coat. She spent much of her life around the Londolozi Camps.

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Vomba 3:2 Female

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Sunsetbend
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markings
Timeline
13 stories
Territory
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Parents
1 known
Litters
9 known
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known
Siblings
known
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Nkoveni 2:2 Female
2012 - present

A young female that lives to the east and south of camp. Easily recognised by her 2:2 spot pattern she is often to be found in Marula trees.

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Nkoveni 2:2 Female

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Sunsetbend
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markings
Timeline
69 stories
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2 known
Litters
1 known
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known
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known
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This female is a success story all in herself, being born as a single cub to the Dudley Riverbank female in early 2012.

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Ndzanzeni 4:3 Female

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Mother Leopard
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markings
Timeline
23 stories
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maps
Parents
2 known
Litters
1 known
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known
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known
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The Dudley Riverbank female was another successful cub of the 3:4 female that reached old age, eventually passing away at just over 17 years

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Dudley Riverbank 3:3 Female

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Mother Leopard
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Timeline
9 stories
Territory
maps
Parents
1 known
Litters
6 known
Offspring
known
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An enigmatic female not often encountered, this leopard lives to the north of the Sand River.

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Tutlwa 4:3 Female

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Sunsetbend
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markings
Timeline
21 stories
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maps
Parents
2 known
Litters
7 known
Offspring
known
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known
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Sunset Bend Female was born in August 1992 and provided some unbelievable Leopard viewing at Londolozi until her death in 2010.

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Sunset Bend 2:2 Female

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Sunsetbend
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markings
Timeline
6 stories
Territory
maps
Parents
0 known
Litters
3 known
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The daughter of Sunsetbend female, is named Xidulu which means termite mound in Shangaan.

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Xidulu 2:3 Female

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Sunsetbend
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markings
Timeline
19 stories
Territory
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Parents
1 known
Litters
1 known
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Born to the Tutlwa female in early-mid 2011, the Nhlanguleni female spent her formative months (and years) in and around the Sand River.

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Nhlanguleni 3:2 Female

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Sunsetbend
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markings
Timeline
29 stories
Territory
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Parents
2 known
Litters
2 known
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known
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She was born to the Short Tailed female in 2002 in the same litter as the Tugwaan male, but since then records are sketchy at best.

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Ximpalapala 4:4 Female

Lineage
Short Tail Female
Identification
markings
Timeline
8 stories
Territory
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Parents
1 known
Litters
1 known
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known
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known
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Nanga 4:3 Female
2009 - present

The Nanga female was born to the Nyelethi 4:4 female in 2009 as part of a litter of three.

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Nanga 4:3 Female

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Saseka Female
Identification
markings
Timeline
29 stories
Territory
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Parents
2 known
Litters
4 known
Offspring
known
Siblings
known
Videos
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The Tamboti female inhabits the south-eastern sections of Londolozi, having a large part of her territory along the Maxabene Riverbed.

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Tamboti 4:3 Female

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Sunsetbend
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Timeline
56 stories
Territory
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Parents
1 known
Litters
3 known
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A beautiful male with a distinctive “V” shape on his forehead, the Tugwaan male was dominant for many years over a huge territory.

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Tugwaan 5:4 Male

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Unknown
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4 stories
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Parents
1 known
Litters
1 known
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This male moved in from the north of the reserve in 2010, and was instantly recognisable by his unique tuft of fur at the back of his neck.

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Marthly 3:2 Male

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Unknown
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markings
Timeline
7 stories
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Parents
0 known
Litters
1 known
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Piva 3:2 Male
2010 - 2017

Directly descended from the original mother leopard and therefore part of the royal lineage of Londolozi.

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Piva 3:2 Male

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Mother Leopard
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33 stories
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2 known
Litters
1 known
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This rangy male was an enigma, arriving on Londolozi in the mid to latter parts of 2014 and staying mainly in the western areas.

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Robson's 4:4 Male

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Unknown
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markings
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10 stories
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Parents
0 known
Litters
1 known
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known
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Inyathini 3:3 Male
2008 - present

Another leopard who originated in the Kruger National Park, he has established a large territory in the south eastern areas of Londolozi.

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Inyathini 3:3 Male

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25 stories
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0 known
Litters
1 known
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Anderson 4:4 Male
2008 - present

Unofficially the biggest leopard in the Sabi Sands, the Anderson male is an absolutely enormous individual in north western Londolozi.

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Anderson 4:4 Male

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22 stories
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2 known
Litters
1 known
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The Gowrie male first appeared in the Sabi Sands around 2011. Judging by his size, he is estimated to have been born around 2005/6.

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Gowrie 2:2 Male

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Unknown
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8 stories
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0 known
Litters
1 known
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Ximungwe 5:3 Female
2015 - present

Having been viewed by vehicles from an early age, this leopard is supremely relaxed around Land Rovers.

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Ximungwe 5:3 Female

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Sunsetbend
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markings
Timeline
34 stories
Territory
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Parents
1 known
Litters
1 known
Offspring
known
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Flat Rock 3:2 Male
2013 - present

A leopard who took advantage of the death of the 4:4 male in 2016 to grab territory to the west of the Londolozi camps.

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Flat Rock 3:2 Male

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Unknown
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34 stories
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0 known
Litters
1 known
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