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Mashaba 3:3 Female

Mashaba 3:3 Female

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Dean Frank de la Rey

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Dean grew up in Johannesburg and it was from his very first trip to the bush trip at the age of two that he was captivated by this environment (he claims he can remember that far back!). He attended school in Pretoria, thereafter ...

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on When Opportunity Becomes Desperation

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Marinda Drake
Master Tracker

Wow! Great video. An amazing experience.

Darlene Knott
Digital Tracker

What an interesting story to tell! I enjoyed your photos and video too. The leopard does not have an easy life, especially the mamas! I am so glad she finally got to eat! Thanks so much for sharing, Dean!

Ian Hall
Digital Tracker

What a wonderful account and good to have patient guests

Lachlan Fetterplace
Digital Ranger

This is a great write up! Really interesting and really captured the sense of desperation setting in.

Linda Rawles
Digital Ranger

I know some animals must eat meat, but here’s to a quick death for the duiker.

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

Fantastic Dean! Relieved to know the Mashaba female finally caught and kept a meal. The lives of predators are difficult enough, and when there are other mouths depending on them, every opportunity has to be followed.

At least in the animal world, the majority of kills are for food – not for malice. There are exceptions, I know…… another topic.

Joanne Wadsworth Kelley
Digital Tracker

Mashaba is so beloved that it gave me an uncomfortable pause reading about her desparation. Not only for her, but for her cubs. Relieved!

Wendy Macnicol
Senior Digital Ranger

Patience DOES pay. Also DETERMINATION born of desperation. Lessons we can all benefit from. What a wonderful mother she is. The cubs of course don’t realize this. All they want is their milk bar. Lovely photos Dean and a very good story. Wendy M

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