Maxabeni 2:2 Female
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.