​Leopard family time

Lately we have been very fortunate to have spent some real quality time with Ntombela, a beautiful female leopard who holds a territory to the east of Tanda Tula in the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve. She has been spotted with her two sub adult cubs the last week or so around Machaton dam area. This waterhole provides a constant source of water and is a huge attraction for all animal species. As we head into winter and the bush dries out animals are attracted to these pools of water, and in turn it starts to form an integral part of a leopard’s territory.

A few nights ago we found Ntombela marking her territory with frequent spraying of urine and repeatedly calling into the night. It is also remarkable to now see her two cubs forming their own personalities, the young male shows signs of his boisterous personality while his sister appears to be a real lady and slightly more shy than her larger brother. It is always particularly magical to find these elusive cats usually found on their own spending some unique family time together as we get to observe the wonderful interaction that takes place between a mother leopard and her cubs.

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