I thought we would focus on the handsome, but elusive, male Yambilu-Jordaan. As I started to write this I have realised there is so much to this male to discuss so instead of trying to condense it. I thought he deserved to have a couple of Blogs written about him!
Yambilu-Jordaan was originally known as the Jordaan's male as he would be found around Jordaan's Dam. The Yambilu part is Shangaan for heart due to the distinctive heart shape on his forehead and was added by Pieter Pretorius who was a presenter for Wildarth for a number of years.
Not much is known about this elusive cat. It is thought he was born around 2002, but his parentage is unknown and there is only speculation to his siblings. Some say he is the brother of the Beacon female and he may have sired her cubs Rupert and the female, who we see occasionally in the North, Inkanyeni in 2005. What we do know is he is shy around the vehicles, although he seems to be getting better!
There are a couple of distinguishing features on this rarely seen male. The most prominent mark is his name sake, the heart shape on his forehead, as you can see in the picture above. You may also notice above both eyes it is very pale and the 2 vertical lines above the eyes, that are present in most Sabi sands leopards, are very pale too. Over the right eye he shares the semi circle of spots with his probable son, Induna.
On the picture below you can see the long vertical black mark next to his left eye and there is also a semi circle of spots above the left eye.
Thanks again to everyone sending in these great pictures of him and to Karen and Collen for collecting the information about this stunning leopard.
Written by Tara
Here is the link to the second part of the Blog: