MORE Family Collection’s Lion Sands Reserve, as the only private wildlife sanctuary with a foothold in both the Sabi Sand Game Reserve and the Kruger National Park, promises guests a diverse number of non-migratory wildlife, and this includes the leopard. MORE Family has created The Leopards of Lion Sands Game Reserve guide, available on all Lion Sands safari vehicles, allowing guests to share their love of leopards at the reserve together.
“It was our wish to enhance the unforgettable moments our guests spend in the company of the leopards who inspired this labour of love,” explains MORE Family Collection CEO, Robert More. “Tracing an extraordinary lineage and the days, months and years that have shaped their stories, this guide brings guests closer to the dynasties of leopard who roam the Lion Sands Game Reserve.”
Combining spectacular wildlife photography with the back stories of individual leopards in both the Kruger and Sabi Sand, the territories they frequent and fascinating facts, this guide reveals the often-hidden world of these largely solitary big cats.
From the unique way in which leopard are identified by ‘whisker spot patterns’ through to being assigned a name once they become territorial, a picture builds of each individual. And every name has a story, whether linked to a leopard’s physical appearance, its personality or an event in its life.
Among them are a female called Porcupine, named after a road in the Kruger National Park; the male, Ingwe Donga, unmistakable due to his orange colouring and green eyes and huge scar from nose to ear; and the gentle Hanyile, who is so tolerant with family members he once relinquished a kill to a female and her two cubs. Close-up photographs and descriptions help guests identify the individuals they may see.