Leopard Cubs: Kikilezi's Boy at 3 Months
Shot on Location:
Mala Mala Game Reserve, South Africa, June 2012 with the Canon 1D Mark IV and 500mm f/4
See my favorite leopard mom, the Kikilezi female, nurturing her spunky 3 month old cub. He was clearly a hand full and loved to be pampered.
Note: leopards meander between camps and over at Londolozi next door, Kiki was known as the Xidulu female. She was the daughter of the infamous Ngoboswan female and sister to the Tamboti and Campbell Koppies females. Kiki reigned as the matrich at Mala Mala ever since her mom passed in 2010. She successfully raised many cubs to adulthood, including my favorite Emsagweni female. Sadly, Kiki passed in May 2017 at 16 years old.
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