The Daughter of the Kikilezi female (Leopards of MalaMala)

Daughter of the Kikilezi female born in December 2009 - Gary Hill

Daughter of the Kikilezi female born in December 2009 - Gary Hill

Date of Birth: December 2009

Mother: Kikilezi female

Father: Bicycle Crossing male

Family tree featuring the Daughter of Kikilezi female

Family tree featuring the Daughter of Kikilezi female

Daughter of the kikilezi female - Andrew Bachelor

Daughter of the kikilezi female - Andrew Bachelor

Identity features of the Daughter of Kikilezi Female

Identity features of the Daughter of Kikilezi Female

General:

Born in a litter of three, her two siblings died at a young age. She was forced into independence by her mother in March 2011. In October of the same year, with her instincts of motherhood running high, she followed the mating pair of the Airstrip male and the Tamboti female for the duration of their courting. In May 2012 she was seen in a serious fight with the Airstrip male, who did not want to mate with her. The altercation is probably due to the fact that she was still too young, and the male knows that she is not the holder of an established territory. There were three more occasions that we know of when this female actively pursued the Airstrip male to coerce him to mate. The male finally succumbed, and they mated in July 2012.

With a duiker kill in September 2012 - Gary Hill

With a duiker kill in September 2012 - Gary Hill

This young female has exceptional hunting abilities, and instantly became world famous when we captured her on film executing an impala kill in an incredible acrobatic display. Toward the end of 2012, she started to scent-mark around the lower reaches of the Matshipiri River. This was a sure sign of her beginning to establish a territory. The area in question is on the southern border of her mother’s territory, and her mother has shown much aggression toward her, trying to force her further south. It will not be long before she earns herself a name and a permanent place in the heritage of the leopards of MalaMala. This leopard is a beautiful specimen, showing striking resemblance to her niece, the Tamboti female, who is older by two years. We are sure she will enjoy a successful future.

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