The Mlowathi female (Leopards of MalaMala)

The Mlowathi female - Matt Meyer

The Mlowathi female - Matt Meyer

Date of Birth: January 2007

Mother: Campbell Koppies female

Father: (old) Gowrie male

Litters: 2010 – unknown number of cubs – male cub died at around 6-8 months old

Close up of the Mlowathi Female - Gary Hill

Close-up of the Mlowathi Female - Gary Hill

The Mlowathi female drinks from Sand River - Gary Hill

The Mlowathi female drinks from Sand River - Gary Hill

Identity features of the Mlowathi Female

Identity features of the Mlowathi Female

This female leopard was previously called the daughter of the Campbell Koppies female 2007 and is not to be confused with the (old) Mlowathi female that passed on many years ago now. She is almost exclusively seen around the Mlowathi River system and further to the west. The majority of her territory lies to the north, and there must be intricate arrangements with her mother and her older sister (the Ostrich Koppies female) as all of these females have territories that must overlap to some degree. The father of the Mlowathi female is unknown, as the Campbell Koppies female spent long periods of time off our property and we could not monitor her movements. The (old) Gowrie male could potentially be the father. In 2011, we saw the Mlowathi female for the first times after she had become independent. This was after a prolonged absence, and we were pleased to positively identify her. More pleasing was the fact that she had a young male cub with her, of around seven months of age. Unfortunately this cub must have died, as subsequent sightings of the female were without the cub.

Mloawthi female and Gowrie male with Pieter van Wyk - Gary Hill

Mloawthi female and Gowrie male with Pieter van Wyk - Gary Hill

Mlowathi female and Gowrie male - Gary Hill

Mlowathi female and Gowrie male - Gary Hill

We have since seen her mating with the (new) Gowrie male. Her mother has also been seen mating with this newly territorial male. Her mating with the Gowrie male must have been unsuccessful, as she has since been mating with Airstrip male – an interesting event as she ventured far from her home region to seek out the Airstrip male. A mere few weeks later and the Ostrich Koppies female did the exact same thing by also travelling long distances to mate with the Airstrip male.

Mlowathi female and Airstrip male - Gary Hill

Mlowathi female and Airstrip male - Gary Hill

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