More Just Wild: Kiki From Mala Mala
Shot on Location:
Mala Mala and Mashatu Game Reserves, South Africa/Botswana in 2009 with the Canon 1D Mark III, 1Ds Mark III, 500mm f/4 and 70-200/2.8.
The Sabi Sand Game Reserve is adjacent to Krueger National Park, South Africa and is famous for its leopard sightings. The private Mala Mala Camp is located within Sabi Sands Reserve and It's where I first saw the Kikilezi leopard female. It was awesome watching Kiki interact with her two year old cub.
I was lucky to observe Kiki on 5 more visits to Mala Mala where she reigned as the matriach and successfully raised many cubs to adulthood. Kiki's last litter, twins, were born in May 2016. Her daughter, the Emsagweni female - aka as Keisha - on this website also had twins at the same time.
Leopards meander between camps and over at Londolozi next door, Kiki was known as the Xidulu female.
Kiki was the daughter of the infamous Ngoboswan female who I got to see as well. Ngoboswan was quite special because she was very relaxed with vehicles; and, even liked to pose. That behavior was thankfully passed on to Kiki.
On the other hand, Kiki's sisters - the Tamboti female and the Campbell Koppies female - are a tad bit more elusive.
Sadly, Kiki passed in May 2017 at 16 years old. She had a good life and she is dearly missed.
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