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Zaza - Introduction

25 January 2013

 

The more than 20 leopards we have dealt with at Shayamanzi since 2001 were all very special. Shayamanzi’s theme song The eyes of secret, written by Rudi Claase, is dedicated to all Shayamanzi’s leopards, those in the camps, the wild leopards on the farm and all the leopards that have been let free at Shayamanzi and left the farm into the Waterberg.

Each leopard that we have handled has rendered a contribution towards unravelling the mystery surrounding leopards. Zaza and her sister Ziana arrived at Shayamanzi in March 2007. Both sisters were approximately 11 years old. They weren´t tame enough for one to enter their camp, but they weren´t shy of people either. Since March 2007 there have been many pleasant, sad, beautiful, angry, anxious, worried, interesting, day, night, summer, winter, romantic, moody film star moments and incidents that will in time be described under Leopard characters.

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The pairing session of Zaza and Ziana with Zoy, and the events with Zaza afterwards were just as beautiful, unique and sad so that we decided to use her as our first character. The Zaza song is dedicated to her and we believe and trust that this song will have an awareness creating effect worldwide of the survival crises that these endangered cats face. The music video shows a beautiful and romantic part of leopards that is seldom seen or filmed. The urgency accompanying their pairing sessions is almost as if the females want to show the world that their survival as a species is in danger. With their body language (dance) they ask and plead, not only for the male’s attention and action, but for all humanity to acknowledge them and to judge them on facts and not on perceptions.

  


  

Anatomy

Eyes

www.leopard.tv The eyes of a leopard have a hypnotic quality – they draw you into a mysterious, secretive world. Any man would find it very hard to resist a woman with such eyes. To understand this, you just have to watch the Zaza video recording in which Marlee and Zaza´s faces become one. A leopard´s eyes are sometimes yellow, sometimes green, and when the sun has set, they become grey. These eyes have observed everything that has happened on planet Earth over millions of years and they reflect the full spectrum of emotions: focus, fear, exhaustion, pain, caution, uncertainty, cruelty, seductiveness, playfulness, excitement, determination, despondency, enthusiasm, trust, guardedness, peacefulness, pleading, excitement about the hunt, worry and finally fear of death ... . On 7 February 2012 the light in our beloved leopard star´s eyes were permanently dimmed. I will never be able to look into those amazing eyes again, trying to read them, but the special times that I spent near her will always be part of me.

 

 Ears

A leopard’s ears do not miss a single sound, and even while they are asleep, it appears as if the leopards’ ears keep turning to catch every little sound. As they grow older, small cracks appear in their ears and eventually develop into grooves. Leopards are self-sustaining loners and if they fail to hear a sound in time – for instance a snake approaching on a bed of leaves – it could quite easily signal their death. It was always a very special experience when I called Zaza’s name as I approached her enclosure and she recognised my voice. She would come running towards me to see if I had perhaps brought her a piece of meat. Just as special was the expression in her eyes and the little sounds she made as she begged for the treat. Even while I was talking to her, her ears would keep moving and she would be totally alert to every sound in her vicinity. Zaza’s eyes, ears, snout, body language, beautiful skin and gracious movements can be seen in slow motion in the Shayamanzi theme song,  The eyes of secret, as well as in the Zaza music video in which you can watch her in the ‘love scene’ with Zoy.

 

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