Date of Birth: December 2000
Mother: Tavangume Female
Father: Wallingford Male
This leopard is a huge specimen, and must surely rank as one of the biggest of the leopards that roam the Sabi Sands. His tracks could even be mistaken for those of a lioness, if not closely inspected. He was born in the western parts of Sabi Sands to a mother and father that we are not familiar with. He was previously known as “the large male leopard from Sparta”, and is otherwise known as the “Camp Pan male” or “Xmobonyane”. The core territory of this leopard lies to the west, although he is frequently seen around the airstrip and surrounds. He is very careful not to venture any further east where he might encounter the Airstrip male. He is seldom recorded east of the Sand River, although in the winter of 2012 he made one or two visits across the river while the water was at a low level. This male had an altercation with the Airstrip male – who at the time was a ‘leopard on the rise – early in 2012. The Airstrip male is far smaller, yet he was able to intimidate the Princess Alice Pans male and was the victor in that encounter. The Bicycle Crossing male, father to the Airstrip male, is an old foe of the Princess Alice Pans male, and these two leopards have clashed on many occasions. It would seem that the Princess Alice Pans male has started to gain ascendancy and, along with pressure from the Airstrip male, the Bicycle Crossing male has shifted his territory further to the south.
This large male has had a successful and impressive career, has fathered many litters over the years, and has a proud bloodline. One might say that he is getting on in years and is only going to decline from here on, but he is not showing any signs of this at present. The Tamboti female has recently preferred to court the Princess Alice Pans male rather than the Airstrip male. The Newington male – one of his sons – is currently viewed on our property. This father has been very tolerant of his son, who seems to be “setting up shop” within his father’s domain. It will be interesting to see whether this trend continues in the future.