Leopard – the Elusive African Hunter

21 07 2009

Leopard (Panthera pardus)
Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

The leopard is a strong solitary hunter.  Due to their steath and camouflage they are very hard to see when on safari. Many tourists complete their trip never seeing one or only seeing one from a far distance.

We were lucky… up in the North of the Serengeti (Lobo area) we came across a solo leopard resting only 50 ft from the road.  He sat and let us shoot for quite some time as his belly was full from the recent kill he had dragged up into a nearby tree.  It was early morning, so some shots were taken at ISO6400.

Just when we thought it couldn’t get much better – his brother came by and the two hung out and played a bit before moving on to their next adventure for the day.  Wow!

The solo leopard before his brother showed up:

The two together:

This is the more common view of a leopard – far away and in a tree… 

What an amazing adventure!

 

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