Thursday, September 1, 2011

Karula's family tree - Her Father, Mafufunyane

Mafufunyane 11 Nov 2010

Hi everyone! I am going to re-post some of the Karula's family tree Blogs for those who missed them! This one is about her possible father Mafufunyane, also spelt Mufufunyane. His facebook page is Mufufunyane male leopard.

He was born in Mala Mala, the game reserve that lies to the South of us. He was born towards the end of 1998 and was called "the angry one" possibly because he would steal kills and be a nuisance to the other leopards in the area! He has settled down quite considerably now though, being the mature age of 13!

Mafufunyane 11 Nov 2010

When we see him it is usually around Gowrie Main, Shabam road and the pans on that junction and sometimes Cheetah cut line. The other males in the area are putting pressure on him but seems to be holding his own, for now!

He is thought to be Karula's father through interactions with her and her mother, Safari, when she was a cub. The mating was never seen so speculation leans towards Mafufunyane as the father as he seems to be Safari's mate of preference too. Even though he is thought to be Karula's father, he could possibly have sired her first set of cubs. These are her daughter's who we know as Tingana and Saseka. The rest of the guides know them as Shadow and Thandi respectively. Again this is speculation as the mating was not seen, but the interaction between her and Mafufunyane suggests he could be. The other possible father of her first set of cubs is Yambilu-Jordaan, who does seem to be Karula's mate of choice. 

The most recent sighting with him and Karula was on the 28th where the cubs met their "grandad". Read more on this link:

I find the black marks below his eyes are thicker than on other leopards and he has an extremely thick neck. I do wonder if Karula got her WOW on her forehead from her father? Look closely! He also has a few scratches on his nose, old battle wounds!

Written by Tara, with thanks to Karen and Colleen for providing the information from the databases on

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