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LEOPARDS - in Nkorho and Elephant Plains Area

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RonMexico (not verified)
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Sad news from Mala Mala, the sister of the Repape female, who seemed similarly charismatic from the reports I've read, was killed by the Styx pride back in January, although this was not confirmed until recently:

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

 

Repape is "stripe" in the Mala Mala reports.

 

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Many thanks to both Cerinthe and Katja on sharing some of the photos that you were ever so lucky to capture while viewing these Cats live. Your help is greatly appreciated!

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Here are 2 photos of Matimba I took near Elephant Plains last month.

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Yes you are right Aquila ...and thanks (Wink)...just looked again at pics and found that those tired eyes need new glasses ...I did a mistake ...the last pic of Xivati was on May of 2003 ...not on November ..And yes I remember now that they reported at the old boma that mafufanyane took Xivatis territory earlier of his death ...... At the end of 2003 the cam gave so bad pics that hardly you can tell who is who ... ...but I'm sure we haven't seen him again on cam that period...(I confused the years beforeEmbarassed)

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Here is the pic of Mafufenyane with the smiley.

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Confusing eh Fani? LOL From reports we have found, Mufufunyane first came up into Xivati's territory in 2000. Initially he was nomadic and from the Southern Sabi Sands area. He was sporadically spotted on and off until April 2002 when he returned to the area with some frequency. His movements at first were restricted to the more Southern areas by Xivati and the Robson male.

Eventually, it was reported that he had ousted Xivati in April of 2003 though there were still sightings of Xivati in the area after that date. At the time of this report from Simbambili in April 2004, Mufufunyane had sired one daughter, Nyaleti, and it was suspected that Safari had recently given birth which would have been Karula and her sister.

Karula and her sister, Tshemba, were reported by several lodges to have been born in March of 2004 which coincides with the report above.

We can't find a confirmed date of Xivati being shot but the Drum Beat in June 2004 mentioned having to tell arriving guests the sad news that it was "thought" Xivati had been shot and killed. No date was given for the actual shooting nor have we (Karen and I) found any reports that it was indeed Xivati.

About the only thing that is for sure, Mufufunyane thinks Safari's cubs (Karula and Tshemba) are his offspring as he was seen interacting with them as youngsters on a number of occasions with no aggression towards them. Smiling

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To make it even more interesting ...My first pic of Mafufanyan is on 4 jan 2004 and the last of Xivati on 27 November of 2003 ...There were several sighthings of female Safari those months ...at the old Africam ...he he ...I think only Safari knows who is the father of karula LOL!!!

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and if you search at the rangers diaries it looks like Mafufanyane was already at the area in the middle of December ...so ...

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I'm sorry those tired eyes did the mistake ...i confused the years ..the last pic of Xivati was on May 2003 not on November

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Hi Karen, great work! Mafufunyane has a mark on his left shoulder, his spots form a smiley! Smiling

Look here

I will make a copy of that pic, marking the smiley, once you know where it is, you can't miss it.

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Gotcha. I remember seeing something about Karula being fathered by Mafufenyane (maybe on the Simbambali site, I'm bad about remembering where I see everything and often have trouble finding it again) so I e-mailed during one of Pieter's drives, mainly because I was curious about the possible inbreeding of Karula's current cubs. I think someone else asked Rexon the same thing last week. It seems like there often isn't much communication or information sharing betwen the lodges on the animals that traverse multiple locations, and I often get the idea that they make educated guesses regarding the histories of certain animals that occur on neighboring properties prior to them coming to their specific areas.

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Hi Ron,
Thank you for sharing your favorite anecdote on Ripape Female.

As for Karula's Father recently being mentioned as possibly being Xivati. That was the first I had heard that mentioned to be honest with you. Now, as we know any thing is possible with the practice that these cats will do to attempt to protect their future cubs.

In our research, there were a few different occasions when Karula and her sister Tshemba were younger, that they were sharing kills and playing with their father, said to be Mufufunyane. This had been found at more than one different area's sightings report.
Now Safari did have 2 Male cubs before Karula and her sister that different areas reported were fathered by Xivati.

It's not always easy but we try and check info at more than one resource and as many as we can possibly find before repeating it or sharing with the rest of you.

It can get very confusing I will definitely admit that, so we are always trying to cross reference as much as possible.

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