The Campbell Koppies female (Leopards of MalaMala)

Campbell Koppies Female

The Campbell Koppies Female

Date of Birth: September 1999

Mother: Ngoboswan female

Father: (original) Tlebe Rocks male or Rock Drift male


2004 – 2 Cubs – Ostrich Koppies female
2007 – 1 Cub – Daughter of the Campbell Koppies female
2009 – 3 Cubs – died at a young age
2009 –? Cubs – died at a young age
2011 –? Cubs – unknown survivors

Campbell Koppies lineage

Campbell Koppies lineage


The Campbell Koppies female, known as ‘Ntima’ in the north, was born to the famous Ngoboswan female in 1999. She had a brother that was killed in the floods of 2000, and a sister who also reached independence. She successfully raised her first two litters to independence, but since then has struggled and has had some bad luck. The Ostrich Koppies female was born in 2004 and had a sister who also made it to independence, but was unfortunately killed by the Styx pride in 2008. Next was the Mlowathi female. We are not certain of the outcome of some of her more recent litters but it would appear that none of them are surviving.

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Campbell Koppies Female is a daughter of the Ngoboswan Female

Campbell Koppies Female

Campbell Koppies Female

Identity features of the Campbell Koppies Female

Identity features of the Campbell Koppies Female

She moved her territory further northwards in a bid to help her daughter, the Ostrich Koppies female, establish herself and sightings of her have become less common. She was mating with the Gowrie male in July 2009, suggesting her litter produced earlier in that year had died. The Gowrie male fathered her next litter, which was born later during that year, also dying early on. The Campbell Koppies Female is still seen on the odd occasion around the Mlowathi River, and was mating with the (new) Gowrie male in January 2012 in the same region. This young male, also known as ‘Lamula’, started to establish himself in that area after the disappearance of the Emsagwen male. Interestingly, the Mlowathi female was also seen mating with the same male in 2012.

Territory of the Campbell Koppies Female

Territory of the Campbell Koppies Female

10 thoughts on “The Campbell Koppies female (Leopards of MalaMala)

  1. I have found your history of the Leopards of MalaMala fascinating. Can you tell me what happened to the Selati female and her one remaining female cub;the White Cloth female and her almost adult male cub;and the wonderful old boy called Induna. Circa 1997/98.

  2. To answer part of Peter’s question, White Cloth was killed by Emsagwen on July 4th 2010 at Chitwa Chitwa defending her cub. Her cub, named Shpoko (Ghost)was doing fine last time he was spotted but hasn’t been seen for some time now. The rangers up north think he may have followed Induna (Karula’s son)into Manyeleti as he used to follow him around after his mother was killed. BTW a lot of these big cats have Facebook pages with info on, and latest sightings, especially those that were seen regularly in the area of the “Wildearth” cachement.

  3. Hello Peter,

    I’d like to apologise for the late reply. This is what our rangers had to say: The Selati female was once a very commonly viewed leopard until the floods of 2000. The higher water levels caused a movement in some of the leopard territories in that area and we believe this may have affected the Selati female. The rising dominance of females leopards known as the Toulon female and the Shaws female placed pressure on the Selati female and she had to shift her territory in response. From then on, sightings of the Selati female became very infrequent. There was one confirmed sighting in 2002, and the next time she was seen again was in December 2006! We thought that she has died during that time but she made a surprising comeback and was looking in good condition considering her age. She was last seen in May 2007 and it is presumed she died shortly after. Do to the infrequent sightings of her, we cannot uncover what may have happened to the cub you are referring to but we can presume the cub did not survive to independence.

    The White Cloth female was last seen on MalaMala in October 2008 at an age of 15 years. She still lived for a few years after that but resided to the north of our property. She was sadly killed by the Emsagwen male leopard in July 2010. The female had five litters of eight cubs in total and included three sons. The status of the male cub you are referring to is unknown but we believe he was able to reach independence and moved east into the Kruger National Park. Here is an interesting link highlighting her career.

    Our rangers were unable to find any archived information about ‘Induna’. Do you by any chance know of another name for him?

    Kind regards,
    for MalaMala Game Reserve

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