AGE: (2019) 2 years
BODY MEASUREMENTS: WEIGHT: (2018) 53 kg
FIRST COLLARED: July 2018
ORIGIN: Okonjima Nature Reserve
Nova and his brother Terra meaning “New Land” (Terra means “land” and Nova means “new) are the first witnessed cubs that were raised until adulthood by their mother Isaskia. The former helpless and vulnerable cubs who were entirely reliant on their mothers’ care have now grown into two handsome sub-adult leopard males of impressive size. Because the two males were spending more and more time apart from their mother, both were fitted with VHF radio collars in July 2018. Collaring sub-adult individuals is giving us the unique opportunity to monitor and understand the underlying mechanisms of natal dispersal behavior in an environment of high leopard density.
Even though the two males are the same age, Nova who is the larger and more dominant of the two males, weighs a remarkable 20 kilogram more than his lighter brother, Terra who only weighed in at 34 kilogram.
We are excited to be able to accompany them during their process of becoming independent adult male leopards who are trying to find their feet and territory in a protected and fenced area with an existing high leopard population.