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Legadema loses cub to large male leopard

At the end of last month, Mombo guides found Legadema at the Broken Baobab. This enormous tree has a large hollow at it’s centre, which is one of her favourite hiding places. As they watched her climb into the hollow, the telltale sound of tiny cubs mewling emanated from within. A few days later, we […]

The elephant with strange tusks!

I came across this elephant family recently on Chiefs Island in the Okavango Delta. I couldn’t help but notice the female of the group had very oddly-shaped tusks. By looking at one of her young, it appears that this deformity is a genetic trait, as the calf has a tusk growing out in a similar […]

A battle in the trees!

Recently, photographer Dana Allen and I found Legadema the leopard with the kill of a young red lechwe below a knob thorn tree. Other guides out on drive told us that three young male lions from the Mporota Pride were moving in her direction. Suddenly, alerted by senses we couldn’t conceive, she leapt up and […]

The black-maned lioness of the Okavango

There is a small pride of lions at Mombo Camp in the Okavango called the Western Pride. One particular female within this pride – known by the locals as Mmamoriri – is very special. She has a dark, full mane, making her appear to be a male! Mombo Camp is situated  on the north-western tip […]

Legadema spotted on the Mombo walkway!

Legadema, the female leopard made world-famous by Dereck and Beverley Joubert in their documentary film, “Eye of the Leopard”, has turned up on the Mombo Camp walkway!  [slickr-flickr tag = “legadima”] The camp itself is situated in the centre of her territory, so every once in a while we have the experience of seeing her […]