Short Tail 5:4 Male
Date of birth: April 2002
Mother: Short Tail Female
Alias: Bicycle Crossing Male/Lex’s Male
Distribution: Territory includes southern and eastern Sparta, most of central Dudley as well as western MM.
The definition of success in nature is the successful reproduction of your own genes. For this reason Short Tail Male is an incredibly successful male leopard. In the past year he has mated with Maxabeni, Nottens and Wacheche Female.
Interestingly, while mating with the Wacheche Female in 2010, he heard his son, the Dudley Riverbank 5:5 Male mating with the Maxabeni Female in the northern reaches of his territory. The Short Tail male immediately chased his son away from the Maxabeni Female and then alternated mating with both the Maxabeni and Wacheche female.
He is a large, handsome dominant male who holds a large territory in the south and east of Londolozi.
His mother was known as Short Tail Female due to her noticeably short tail and he was born in the litter of April 2002. As is customary, until the leopard becomes territorial, he takes on the name of his or her mother – ie Short Tail Young Male. The big leopard now holds a large territory to the south and east of Camp Pan Male’s considerable territory, however it was decided that his name had become entrenched as part of his character, and for that reason he is unconventionally named Short Tail Male even though he does not have a short tail.
The currently viewable leopards on Londolozi fathered by him include:
• Dudley Riverbank 3-3 Young Male
• Dudley Riverbank 4-3 Young Male
• Dudley Riverbank 5-5 Young Male
• Xidulu Females 3 cubs produced in Jan 2010
• Sunsetbend Young Female