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Karula’s family tree in pictures

Hi everyone!

If you are interested in following our elegant female leopard Karula and her family this is the right place! This special lady allows us to watch her as her life unfolds before our eyes during the live broadcasts from Djuma Game Reserve. If you haven’t yet joined us take a peek by clicking on the played on our front page and see what exciting events take place here in the African bush.  Any time we find Karula or her family the news will be posted here. Pictures are often sent in by viewers of the live broadcasts to help illustrate what this incredible family gets up to!

I thought the best place to start would be her family tree. Thanks to 3 people who took up the challenge, we have 3 brilliant illustrated family trees. Each one has something slightly different to show and together I hope they help to understand how they relate to each other!

The picture of Safari, Karula and Matimba was from Fay a little while ago and I was hoping to be able to use it at some stage! It shows Karula’s mother and Matimba who was born in Dec 2005 making him Karula’s younger brother!

We have had 3 people take up the Karula’s family tree challenge and with a brilliant outcome too!


Anat’s family tree after the cubs were named!

Anat’s helps to show the uncertainty of the actual father regarding Tandi and Shadow. It could be either male. I understand there was a mating seen by guides of Mufufunyane with Karula when she was very young which could have resulted in the first litter but there is some uncertainty. The way he has interacted with them does lean towards him being the father.


Stacy’s helps to show who of the family are male and female and John’s includes the order the litters were born in as well as all the family’s birth years.


Thank you once again to John, Stacy and Anat for putting these wonderful family trees together for everyone to enjoy!

The original date this blog was released was 5 Sept and we were still waiting for the little male cub to be named, since then he has been named Xivambalana. Look out for the following Blogs about the individuals who are part of Karula’s family and how to identify them!



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4 Responses to Karula’s family tree in pictures

  1. inMotion Graphics September 17, 2011 at 9:38 am #

    Wow! This is very cool Tara. Great idea and very well put together.

  2. Red Robin September 17, 2011 at 11:25 am #

    Thanks Tara. Makes things much clearer for me. Keep up the great work. You’re the best.

  3. Trisha Jones September 17, 2011 at 12:47 pm #

    I love it.

  4. Nadege September 17, 2011 at 5:43 pm #

    I don’t always have time to catch safari and am grateful for this blog,
    pictures and explanations.
    I ordered a Djuma T-shirt with one of the leopard in front. We’ve got
    to advertise Djuma and safari.

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