The Princess Alice Pans Male (Leopards of MalaMala)

This large male has had an impressive career - Gary Hill

This large male has had an impressive career - Gary Hill

Date of Birth: December 2000

Mother: Tavangume Female

Father: Wallingford Male

The Princess Alice Pans male born in December 2000 - Gary Hill

The Princess Alice Pans male born in December 2000 - Gary Hill

Princess Alice Pans male - Andrew Batchelor

Princess Alice Pans male - Andrew Batchelor

Identity features of the Princess Alice Pans Male

Identity features of the Princess Alice Pans 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.

One of the biggest leopards romaing the Sabi Sands - Gary Hill

One of the biggest leopards romaing the Sabi Sands - Gary Hill

A rare excursion to the eastern bank of the Sand River - Gary Hill

A rare excursion to the eastern bank of the Sand River - Gary Hill

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.

A 'brute' of a leopard - Gary Hill

A 'brute' of a leopard - Gary Hill

8 thoughts on “The Princess Alice Pans Male (Leopards of MalaMala)

  1. thank you for your great blog.

    I noticed one thing in this article.
    I think the 2nd pic is not Camp Pan but the Bicycle Crossing male ( Shorty.)

    What is the weight of this beast?
    And what was in your opinion the biggest male leopard ever to roam the Sabi Sands?
    Ottawa male? Camp Pan?

  2. Hi guys,
    The third photo in the post, the ‘Warrior on the move’ looks to me like the Airstrip male instead of the PAP male. 5 Spots on the left cheek as far as I can see…

  3. Hi Marc,

    Oops – one of the Airstrip males’ photos accidentally arrived in the Princess Alice Pans Male’s album. Thank you for drawing it to our attention 🙂

  4. Hi Marc,
    It is difficult to have an accurate weight of this male leopard but we would estimate between 70-75 kg. It is also difficult to say who might have been the largest leopard to have roamed the Sabi Sands. Currently, the Princess Alice Pans male would rank among the largest. The Sand River male seen in the southwest is also a large specimen. In MalaMala’s recent history, The Hlararni would have been a close match to the Princess Alice Pans male. The Emsagwen male was also a big leopard. He would have been taller than the Princess Alice Pans male but more athletic and less bulky. We posted some photos of the three biggest males in MalaMala’s recent history on our Facebook page for you to have a look at 🙂

  5. Hi Mala Mala,
    If Princess Alice Pans is about 70-75 kilograms, how big is Teble rocks male(Mvula)? How much weight Bicycle crossing male leopard?

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