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LEOPARDS - in Nkorho and Elephant Plains Area

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Matimba

 

Matimba is the son of Safari

Pictures taken in May 2008.

 

 

 

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Posted by Bushie 29 January 2009

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Safari and Mafufanyan - photo by penny2 

 

Safari walking past vehicle - photo by penny2

 

 

 

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Karula introduced her two cubs 2 days ago, and has been seen regularly since.

Maybe I missed it somewhere in this long thread, but Saseka has a sister... Tingana.  They were both well and visual last year, but haven't been around lately. 

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Hello all.

I have got an email from Emjay with a picture!

It seems that Karula has cubs ! ? and showed  them to the world!

i got this picture on email.

 

 

 

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Ingwe wrote:

Update from EP

November 2008

 

Unfortunately, I have some sad news: Nyeleti has lost one of her cubs. Tombela was seen close to the cubs a couple of days before and the very next day one of the cubs were missing. Nyeleti was contact calling the whole time, but to no avail. It was heart breaking!

For those interested, Tombela/Tumbela is the Newington Male aka Pink Nose according to other sources for this incident of the cub's death. Maybe Elephant Plains or Nkorho rangers could confirm this.

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Update from EP

November 2008

 

Unfortunately, I have some sad news: Nyeleti has lost one of her cubs. Tombela was seen close to the cubs a couple of days before and the very next day one of the cubs were missing. Nyeleti was contact calling the whole time, but to no avail. It was heart breaking! Two years ago, also around about the same time, Safari lost Mbali and two years prior to that, she lost both her cubs to a python. We hope that Nyeleti’s other cub will be safe from harm’s way. Tyson was seen mating with Salayexe on more than one occasion. We will keep you updated on their progress. Kurula’s cubs are well. Mafufunyana is getting old and is now receiving territorial pressure from all sides. But I believe that he is a fighter and that he will still be around for a while.

Special sighting:
Mafufunyana and Mvula had another territorial fight. It was very intense, with both leopards biting into each others throats. It was a sighting that made the hair on my arms stand up. Needless to say, the old man walked away in victory. I would suggest that Mvula waits at least another year or so before he thinks of taking on Mafufunyana again.

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Update from EP

Tyson is the dominant male in the west and he is also the father of Nyeleti’s cubs. He is the male leopard we often view on the webcam in front of the lodge. Mafufunyana must be about eleven years old by now, but is still a dominant male, although he has moved to the east. Matimba is nearly three years old and is slowly moving eastward, exploring new areas to one day establish a territory to dominate. Mvula, roughly four years old, moves around the north east. He might even fight Mafufunyana for territory one day. We also saw Tumbela this month, but unfortunately, I have to report that he is not in the best physical condition. Safari, the oldest of the female leopards, mated with Mafufunyana this month and hopefully we will see some more cubs from our old faithful lady. Kurula and her cubs are still doing very well and tend to stay more in the east. Her cubs, Shadow and Thandi, are nearly 18 months old and are getting to the age where they will soon move away from Kurula. Ntima is looking as beautiful as always and her cub, now 16 months old is also looking fantastic. Nyeleti’s cubs are now four months old and look well fed and healthy. We have not yet been able to sex the cubs as we are still in the process of habituating the youngsters to the vehicles. Salayexe, almost four years old, have been mating with Tyson on quite a few occasions and should also have cubs soon. Nyeleti and Salayexe’s mom, Saseka, have moved far west after losing her cubs, but I heard that she has had new cubs since leaving our traversing area.

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Thanks Ron, very sad news.

Also a bit confusing for me, especially with all the different names to i.d. these leopards.

When I was at NK on 4 Aug, I saw White Cloth steal a kill from another leopard, id'd as Stripe, sister of Ripape. I checked with Jacques who told me ...

  • The leopard known as Ripape at NK, is known at Mala Mala as Stripe.
  • The leopard known as Stripe at NK, is known at Mala Mala as Mo Yo.

This ties in with your link Ron, in that Yo was the leopard killed by the Styx.

I have only one pic of the leopard id'd as "Stripe" (Yo),

I wonder how the dead leopard was finally id'd? Especially if the remains were too badly decomposed...

 

 

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Yeah, I think that's the incident they were referring to. Very sad news, I remember being worried about both sisters at the time of that incident because of the location of the attack.

BTW, I posted the wrong link before, which was to the Campbell Koppies female instead of the daughters. This link provides the info on the deceased leopard:  

http://www.malamala.com/MM7/LEOP_campbellDaughters.htm

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Sorry to hear that Ron. Sad I remember reading back about that time of a dead leopard that had been found and it was believed to have been killed by the Styx pride. Further inquires revealed it was too decomposed for identification. Maybe that was the same incident with the sister.

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