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Mature male leopards are not only at least 60% larger than females, but they also are broader, have larger chest girths and larger, longer heads. There is something else that you may notice about mature male leopards – their large necks are adorned with a loose fold of skin that hangs from the underside of the neck. These skin folds are called dewlaps. Dewlaps are often seen in different species throughout the… Read More

Can you imagine an Africa without lions? Within the past century wild lion populations have declined from as many as 200,000 down to only 20,000. Their numbers have dropped by 40 percent just in the past 20 years (and 90 percent within the past 75 years). I am 28 years old – within my lifetime, wild lions have almost halved their population numbers, what do you think is going to happen in… Read More

Where has the time gone?? Starting tomorrow, I will begin take down of my survey and then hit the road for the eight-hour drive back to Joburg. But I am not heading straight back to Cape Town just yet, I will reload the bakkie in Joburg and then head up near the Botswana border to help set up two more surveys before heading back to CT on 5 November. I have fallen… Read More