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By: Anonymous: CJ () on Friday, January 08 2010 @ 11:05 PM EST  
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Safari ~ Karula's mother

SAFARI aka The Safari Female

She is Karula's mother and also the mother of Matimba, a young male leopard that has been seen occasionally at Djuma. For a leopard she is now in her golden years. She had one cub in 2009 which did not survive. Safari is usually seen in the area to the southern part of Djuma. When Saseka and Tingana left Karula to be on their own, Safari moved further south to give Saseka room for her own territory and Karula moved more to the north.

She is easily recognizable because she has lost the vision in her right eye.

By: Anonymous: CJ () on Saturday, January 09 2010 @ 11:22 AM EST  
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MAFUFANYANE ~ the dominant male of Djuma

Mafufanye at one time was thought to be the father of Saseka and Tingana, Karula's cubs. The other possibility is the Jordaan Male. Other possibilities: Mafufanye is the father of Karula, which I think is a good possibility. Bottom line, no one knows when it comes to male leopards which cubs are theirs.

Sometime in June, 2008, Mafufanye was in a fight and now has a long scar going down his nose. It starts on the bridge of his nose where his forehead markings end and goes diagonally to the left side of his nose.

October 11, 2008:

This shows Mafufanyane's new scar on his nose from the fight with Tyson. His scar appears to be fading with time.

More recent pictures taken on 1/16/10 ~

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By: Anonymous: CJ () on Saturday, January 09 2010 @ 11:24 AM EST  
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YAMBILU-JORDAAN ~ the dominant male to the north

There was great confusion when this leopard was first seen on WildEarth. He was at one time thought to be the male leopard from the Arathusa area called 'Tyson' which was incorrect. He was also thought to be the Jordaan male, but Rexon said that leopard was older. The Djuma guides refer to him as 'Jordaan' but WE decided to call him Yambilu-Jordaan because of the heart shape on his forehead.

It is believed that he is the father of Karula's boys, Mixo and Induna. Pieter and Lieschen saw the four of them together when the cubs were older and all was fine with them as a family. Unfortunately, this was not on a WE drive, so we didn't get to see it although Pieter has posted photos on his Facebook page.

October 26, 2008:
You can definitely see the 'heart' shape on his forehead

October 10, 2009:

This picture shows the way he curls the end of his tail almost into an 'o' or 'Cheerio' is the term some viewers use.

By: Anonymous: CJ () on Saturday, January 09 2010 @ 11:52 AM EST  
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UPDATE: Sad news, White Cloth was killed the night of July 4, 2010, on Chitwa property. It is believed that it was by the Emsagwen Male as she was protecting her cub, who was not seen after that (as of 7/5/10). It is believed that White Cloth was born in September, 1993.

February 12, 2009: Here is a link to a photograph of White Cloth and her new cub taken on 2/11/09 and boy is he cute love

http://www.outdoorphoto.co.za/forum/pho ... oto=163282
Be sure to scroll down to see the large version of the photo.

Also added a screenshot of him at bottom of this post taken August 13, 2009.


White Cloth is a female leopard that is seen occasionally at Djuma. She is the dominant female to the east of Djuma toward Torchwood and Hoffman.

At the time these pictures were taken, she was described as being 'heavily' pregnant.

December 10, 2008:

Rexon said that she appears to have cub(s) as she is lactating.

August 13, 2009 ~

White Cloth's son who is very shy.
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May 11, 2010

White Cloth's cub who Tara now says is a male
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White Cloth
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See the video clip of Safari.TV Diary of this sighting:

http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=Wil ... azGRm9-R7Q

By: Anonymous: CJ () on Saturday, January 09 2010 @ 12:25 PM EST  
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This is the only picture of the Jordaan Male that has been identified. I really think it is the leopard that has finally been identified as Yambilu Jordaan.

By: Anonymous: CJ () on Saturday, January 09 2010 @ 12:29 PM EST  
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At the time these pictures were taken, this young male was seen more frequently than the other male leopards at Djuma. He is not afraid to get wet and has been seen on two occasions going after something in the water at one of the dams. He also likes to hang out in a tree.

According to his Facebook page, he was born first quarter 2005 in Buffelshoek and his father is the Jordaan's Male. His sister and litter mate if Inkanyeni previously known as the Young Beacon Female. I have my doubt about this information. I am sure they had the same mother, but I don't think they were 'litter mates.'

By: Anonymous: CJ () on Saturday, January 09 2010 @ 12:31 PM EST  
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The Young Beacon Female is the younger sister of the Beacon Male who has now been named Rupert. They both come from the north of Djuma. She has previously been confused as one of Karula's girls, Tingana, and there are a lot of similarities. She has now been named Inkanyeni. Her Facebook page says she was born first quarter 2005 in Buffelshoek and her father is the Jordaan's Male. However, she is about the same age as Saseka and Tingana and had been mistaken on numerous occasions for Tingana.

She has a small nick in the top of her left ear. She also has a narrower face than Karula's girls.

February 12, 2008, sighting:

May 4, 2008, sighting:

By: Anonymous: CJ () on Saturday, January 09 2010 @ 12:38 PM EST  
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Matimba comes from the south of Djuma. His mother is Safari and Karula is his older sister. He was probably born in the first six months of 2006.

It has been a long time since we have seen Matimba. We moved to this new forum today (1/18/2010) and Matimba paid us a 'brief' visit as he crossed the road:

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1/19/2010 AM Drive, WildEarth at Djuma
Thank you 'Slygirl' for providing us this s'cap of Matimba.

Rexon, who was presenting, said that he is now about 3 1/2 years old.


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