It is great to be back! What a great start to the drives this cycle with a visit from 5 gentle bull elephants and Xivindzi. Now 11 months old, she really has the look of her mother and a personality to match!
A few people said they weren’t sure how to recognise the cubs, so I thought what better way to start the cycle than to introduce Karula’s latest family members! Here are a few ways I find useful to id them, I hope it helps!
Xivindzi, which means bold, is Karula’s daughter and she does seem ready for action. You would pronounce it as Shi-vind-zze. She is already becoming highly independent and alert to everything happening around her!
Xivindzi and arrows to help id her left side.
The arrow on her forehead highlights how close the WOW is to being complete like her mum! The lines under this are at different angles, if you look below on her brother his are much more uniform underneath each other.
The red arrow points to her eye, if you look closely a single line is there which is vertical. Her brother almost shares the “Y” with his brother Mixo, which is horizontal from the eye. Although Xivindzi also has a vertical line in the same place on her right side, it is much thicker and Xivambalana only has a single horizontal line from his right eye, not a Y. (See the pictures below)
The easiest way I tell them apart at the moment is the marks above the whisker line, look at the lowest arrow. Xivindzi has two dots above each other and a ^ on both sides, her brother Xivambalana has two large spots side by side above his whisker line.
Xivambalana means emerald spotted wood dove, on account of his shy nature. I don’t see this as a bad thing, he ers on the side of caution, especially when it comes to confrontation and this might just save his life one day! For me the bird is not bold or flashy, but if you look closely there are hidden gems and I think this sums up this little boy perfectly! You would pronounce his name as Shi-vam-ba-lan-a.
If you are new to leopard identification it is good to have a couple of things to look for on each animal. We also use the face for id a lot as that is the part we look at the most! It is possible to id a leopard from other parts of the body and tail too! The spots are rarely symmetrical so it is best to have both sides of the individual.
Here are the right sides of the cubs, you might see a unique pattern I have missed!
Thank you to everyone for the pictures that were sent in from today’s drive and for those I could re-use from previous Blogs!
Written by Tara