Maxabeni 2:2 Female


Maxabeni 2:2 Female's Territory 2011

Date of Birth: January 1998

Mother: Mangeni Female


2001 – 1 Cub – Presumed drowned
2002 – 2 Cubs – Male killed at 2 months, Female allegedly died of mange in Savanna
2004 – 2 Cubs – both died off Strip Road
2005 – 2 Cubs – Killed by Manyeleti Male and Sparta Pride at JV’s Donga
2006 – 2 Cubs – One killed by young. nomadic male leopard.  Maxabeni 3:3 Male reached independence
2007 – 3 Cubs – One killed by Vomba Young Male.  The other two were killed in the Sand River at Renias’ Corner
2007 – 2 Cubs – Both killed off Circuit South
2008 – 2 Cubs – Maxabeni 3:2 and 3:3 Young Males


This small female leopard is found around the dry river bed in the heart of Londolozi known as the Maxabeni.  She is the offspring of Mangeni female who was blinded in one eye as a result of an encounter with a spitting cobra.

When Maxabeni female was just less than a year old, she and her mother were treed by hyena. In the pandemonium and confusion the subadult female was left alone in the tree. Abandoned, the young leopard remained in the tree for 2 weeks awaiting the return of her mother. As she grew thinner and thinner, the inevitable tragedy seemed to be rapidly approaching. The tenacious young leopard had not given up yet, and began hunting squirrels which provided her with the energy to extend her life day by day.

By the age of 12 and a half months, she killed her first impala, and never looked back.  From those humble beginnings the tenacious female has taken over the territory of the valued central Maxabeni river in Londolozi.


This remarkable female has been an outstanding mother to her last litter and was still providing for them after 24 months, no mean feat considering that they were both twice her size at this age. These two youngsters are now independent and she was seen mating with both the Dudley Riverbank 5:5 male and also the Short Tail Male in October last year. In Jan 2011 she appeared to be heavily pregnant. What remains to be seen is if she can, at the age of 13 and after many previous failures and now her recent success, mother another litter to independence.

She has recently been spending more and more time east of our boundary but hopefully she’ll return to the Maxabene which she is so familiar with and has used as a den site many times in the past.

The Maxabeni Female has produced 16 cubs in her life, of which only 4 have reached independence. One of which, the Maxabeni 3-3 Young Female died of mange shortly after reaching independence. The 2nd to reach independence was Maxabeni 3:3 Young Male who has dispersed to the south eastern corner of the Sabi Sands. The two young males from her 2008 litter are recently independent but have not yet dispersed.

Mxabene 2:2 Female by: Cameron Apple

Mxabene 2:2 Female by: Cameron Apple

Mxabene 2:2 Female by: Gavin Lautenbach

Mxabene 2:2 Female by: Gavin Lautenbach

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1 Bruce Finocchio March 25, 2011 at 2:56 am

I am so glad that Maxabene, or Mxabene Female is still going strong with the possibility of raising another litter of cubs. She brought me great joy, when I was in Londolozi in Sept 2005. I missed seeing Leopards in Kruger National Park.

However at Londolozi, she provided me with some great images. Of all the animals I saw in Africa, she was the most beautiful. She had a special personality and spirit.

You can view my images of her at my web site http://www.dreamcatcherimages.net … Thank you for your blog, so those of us outside of Londolozi can follow along with the lives of the wildlife there.

Londolozi is one of the best places in the world to photograph and view Leopards!


2 James T July 10, 2011 at 4:43 pm

Seen last week in the Maxabene around 3-streak Donga. Seen later in the week on an impala kill near Shingalana Dam that was subsequently robbed by the Camp Pan Male…


3 James T July 22, 2011 at 11:12 am

In the limelight this past week, Maxabene 2:2 was involved in what can only be described as a leopard threesome, as she and a relatively unknown female leopard who usually stays beyond our eastern boundary took it in turns to mate with the Dudley Riverbank 5:5 male over the course of three or four days. barely 24 hours later she was found mating with the Camp Pan male, and was last seen yesterday evening as she ate a part of the baboon that he (or possibly she) had killed and hoisted in a marula tree north of Shingalana Dam.
Time will tell whether this leopard has it in her to raise another set of cubs, but with her recent spat of mating activity, we can be hopeful that she will conceive.


4 Miriam D'Cunha August 12, 2011 at 7:32 pm

I too remember a scene in 2006 with the Mxabene female and her two cubs holed up in trees and Hyenas below.
Its really a pleasure to see the photographs and read of her exploits.


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