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A leopard who loves climbing trees

When looking for leopards, as a guide, I often get asked the question, "Are we going to find the leopard in a tree?". My answer is, "Probably not, as although leopards are completely at home up in the branches of a tree they are mostly terrestrial either sleeping, patrolling or hunting on the ground. So it will most likely be, that if we are to fin...

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Leopard Diaries 21st September- 12th October

Leopard Salayexe has lost one of her cubs. It appears around the ten month old mark she was found treed by hyenas with only one cub with her so we can only assume the other was killed by hyenas.The remaining cub is doing well. It seems to be female and just like Salayexe, she is very relaxed. Sal has been keeping her in the Pungwe river bed, not fa...

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Leopard Diaries November 2012

Leopard Moya clearly trying to attract as much attention to herself with her tail held up high is looking to establish a territory around the southern parts of big dam and into Londolozi between that of Kwatile's and Salayexe's territory. We've been seeing her scent marking and even calling territorially in this area on a regular basis.Salayexe and...

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Leopard Diaries September 2012

​LeopardKwatile, a female that roams the South Eastern corner of our traversing, has been very active lately. She kept us entertained by teasing two Hyenas with a little bit of dangling meat she had hoisted in a tree. Hyenas are very patient in this regard. They will hang around a "treed leopard kill" for days, working in shifts. Even if in the end...

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Leopard Diaries August 2012

​LeopardThe dominant male leopard in the west of our traverse area, known as Tingana, was seen stealing a female bushbuck off one of the female leopards close to Simbambili Lodge. Male leopards will often scavenge from smaller predators including other leopards. Female leopards really do have a tough time, especially when they have cubs as they are...

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Leopard Diaries July 2012

Leopard It was sad to see that Shadow (top left) has been mating with Tingana again. She was last seen at the beginning of June heavily pregnant so by the looks of things she has lost her cubs once again. It has been recorded that if a female leopard has stillborn cubs then she may come into oestrus immediately. This seems to be the case as she's h...

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