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A PHOTOGRAPHIC DEDICATION TO THE LUBYELUBYE ROCKS LEOPARD.

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A PHOTOGRAPHIC DEDICATION TO THE LUBYELUBYE ROCKS LEOPARD.

Unread postby steamtrainfan » Fri Jul 11, 2014 9:47 pm

Hoping the mods will support this thread.

Please paste your favourite photo here.
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Re: A PHOTOGRAPHIC DEDICATION TO THE LUBYELUBYE ROCKS LEOPAR

Unread postby Carol g » Fri Jul 11, 2014 9:59 pm

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Re: A PHOTOGRAPHIC DEDICATION TO THE LUBYELUBYE ROCKS LEOPAR

Unread postby MATTHYS » Fri Jul 11, 2014 10:09 pm

steamtrainfan wrote:I have just received reliable confirmation that rangers have put him down. He had massive bite wounds on the back of his neck. R.I.P. most amazing Lubyelubye Rocks leopard.


Thanks for dedicating a thread to Lubelubye Rocks' Leopard, Steamtrainfan :gflower:
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In memory of "Big Boy" Lubyelubye male leopard.

Unread postby Cole » Fri Jul 11, 2014 11:26 pm

Hey Kruger friends

Thought I'd create a forum for "Big Boy". He was the main dominant male leopard of Lubyelubye rocks. He always sat on the rocks or around that area and gave loads of people great photo opportunities.

As most of you know he was badly injured on Thursday 10th july. It's official that he was put down by the park rangers this evening as he was suffering badly from his injuries.

If any of you have pictures of "Big Boy" feel free to upload them in memory of a special leopard.

RIP "Big Boy"

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Re: A PHOTOGRAPHIC DEDICATION TO THE LUBYELUBYE ROCKS LEOPAR

Unread postby DinkyBird » Sat Jul 12, 2014 8:31 am

steamtrainfan wrote:Hoping the mods will support this thread.

Please paste your favourite photo here.

Indeed, a thoughtful topic. Thank you.
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Re: A PHOTOGRAPHIC DEDICATION TO THE LUBYELUBYE ROCKS LEOPAR

Unread postby hilda » Sat Jul 12, 2014 8:36 am

Hope to see many pictures of this stunning animal!
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Re: In memory of "Big Boy" Lubyelubye male leopard.

Unread postby DinkyBird » Sat Jul 12, 2014 8:39 am

Hi Cole

This is a wonderful, and thoughtful idea. We do have another such topic too, so we hope that you support that we merge this post to that one, here, and continue to ask everyone to share photos and stories there.
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Re: A PHOTOGRAPHIC DEDICATION TO THE LUBYELUBYE ROCKS LEOPAR

Unread postby Gemma T » Sat Jul 12, 2014 8:59 am

He was the highlight of many a trip for me. We first saw him in 2009 and then have had the privilege to see him him on every trip since.

I remember one particular sighting that caused mayhem on the bridge with a particularly grumpy gold Mercedes driver whose car got bumped due to his aggressive manoeuvrings to get to see him (he didn't have a chance from the bridge anyway as he'd have been too low to see his position in the rocks.).

I remember the leopard looking vaguely towards the commotion and the settling down to relax again - at the time I thought it'd be interesting to know what he thought of all the kerfuffle he was creating.

Our last sighting was last August, typically he was causing a road block again, sitting in the shade of a tree off to the right of the rocks.

I will continue to look out for spots at the rocks...and hopefully one day soon one of his progeny will take his place and reign supreme again.
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Unread postby Elsa » Sat Jul 12, 2014 10:11 am

Wonderful memories of a special Leopard who has given us so many great sightings over the years on his special rock. RIP.
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Unread postby t-bal » Sat Jul 12, 2014 10:12 am

I will continue to look out for spots at the rocks...and hopefully one day soon one of his progeny will take his place and reign supreme again.


We were there two years ago and got told that he had produced a son that had made it to adulthood. There’s nothing strange about this but what was unusual is that he allowed his son to stay in the same territory! His son roamed around the Lower Sabie bridge. Maybe he will now take his father’s place on these rocks. That’s if he is still in the same area.
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Re: A PHOTOGRAPHIC DEDICATION TO THE LUBYELUBYE ROCKS LEOPAR

Unread postby Crested Val » Sat Jul 12, 2014 10:25 am

We once caught a glimpse of a Leopard in that area, so it may or may not have been "Big Boy".

RIP you magnificent animal. :thumbs_up:
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Unread postby katydownunder » Sun Jul 13, 2014 10:31 am

RIP Big Boy

We were lucky enough to see him November 2006

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Re: A PHOTOGRAPHIC DEDICATION TO THE LUBYELUBYE ROCKS LEOPAR

Unread postby Penny » Sun Jul 13, 2014 2:19 pm

t-bal there is a relatively new theory about leopards and their territories - its called:

Philopatry and Leopards - the "exploded pride" theory
As we consider leopards to be a solitary animal the truth is, as described in the following excerpts from various articles, leopards are not as solitary as we might think.

Ordinarily, young mammals leave home when they become adults and move away to find a home range of their own. The process is called dispersal. But in leopards and many other mammals, scientists are learning that newly independent daughters often carve out a home range from a portion of their mother's range or squeeze in next to her. The name for this stay-at-home behaviour is philopatry, a term derived from the Greek for "home-loving" and loosely defined as the tendency of an individual to remain in its birthplace as an adult. We know this to be true based on observations of Safari, Karula, Saseka and Tingana and subsequent offspring in the Sabi Sands Game Reserve. One article refers to this as an "exploded pride". Although living a seemingly solitary life they are in fact working together for their own collective survival and the collective survival of their offspring as related females.

By allowing her daughters to use her range, a mother provides her offspring with an opportunity to hunt in a good area and protect them from aggressive encounters with other leopards. The advantages of staying close to home vary for different species. Basically, however, the rationale boils down to familiarity: Remaining in a familiar area is safer than leaving. Familiarity can also increase a young female's chance of breeding successfully. Among leopards-whose cubs are regularly killed by lions, hyenas and even male leopards-knowing where to find safe den sites can mean the difference between life and death. Secure den sites such as rock crevices and caves, or tunnels beneath tangled tree roots, are vitally important refuges for young, which must be left alone for many hours while their mothers hunt. Young females learn the location of these safe dens while they are growing up and often give birth in den sites where they themselves were born.

No matter what the advantages, the outcome of staying is the same: a cluster of closely related females. Scientists believe these female kin groups provide insight into socialization. When you try to imagine how social groups evolved, the first step was probably the retention of adult young. The next step would be a set of circumstances that would favour the formation of groups, such as increased hunting efficiency or improved survival of young.

Over the years we witnessed leopards allowing not only their offspring but even the previous offspring as well as the males to feed on the same kills. This would also explain why the Sabie River Road is believed to contain the highest concentration of leopard anywhere in the world. It would appear that the normal territories thought to be adhered to by males and females are very flexible.

Leopards are not the only mammals in which daughters live close to their mothers. Female black bears also allow daughters to use their ranges. Deer travel in small bands consisting of mothers, their grown daughters and fawns. Many female primates remain in the groups where they were born, and bush baby mothers share ranges and nests with grown daughters. And as we are aware elephants are inlcuded in this group.
Among the species in which female philopatry occurs:

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Lesser bush baby Lion Mule deer Puma Red deer Red fox Tiger Vervet monkey Virginia opossum White-tailed deer.
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Re: A PHOTOGRAPHIC DEDICATION TO THE LUBYELUBYE ROCKS LEOPAR

Unread postby salamanda » Sun Jul 13, 2014 3:09 pm

I used to stay in this area in the '80s and '90s and I can remember several times seeing a leopard on those rocks even then. Maybe it was ancestral to Big Boy; often to be found fossicking in the ditch beside the river-view just beyond the bridge.


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