Life African leopards
• Life African leopards
While on safari in Africa, probably one of the most exciting and desirable objects for observation are predators. Especially the big cats. Elephants, giraffes, impala and zebra come across quite often. But the lions and leopards are much smaller and often find it much harder. The same applies to the Cheetahs.
The first time I was in Africa on safari, I could not see a leopard close enough. We met this predator only once, during the morning trip. The Beast was just returning from a successful hunt impala and was very busy with the problem of how to quickly hide the loot. Leopards many competitors. Lions and hyenas can easily take away his legally acquired antelope. Therefore, he tried as quickly as possible to drag the carcass to a tree. There you can sit in relative safety and leisurely lunch.
I do not know why, but somehow this situation really upset me. Even the fact that as a result we did not see the big five, less distressed. With the big five it was clear all clear. Rhino in Chobe we can not see. He was the only one there, and then only under the protection of the Botswana army. Well t. E. It was like a unicorn. A mythical beast which you can hardly see. But with the leopard ... with the leopard was a shame that we just do not have time for a couple of minutes. Beast crossed the road and disappeared into the bush. But it was the most successful picture of me. In short very much like to actually see these beasts again.
And this desire would be fulfilled during our recent trip to Africa. The first time we saw leoparodov in Linyanti. Here they do not have to look. Our ranger just talked with local and they were told that the tree sits the family and will be there even 3 days at least. We drove there and saw Mom. She was resting, lying on a branch.
Our arrival is only slightly disturbed her. Particular attention to us she did not orbaschala. It generally seems nothing particularly worried at this point. Half Impala carcass lay directly under the tree. Dragged her upstairs, she tried not to.
A little higher on the branches we saw a young kitten.
I must say that finding a leopard in the bush is not an easy task. It is unlikely that you can just walk through the trees and hitting his head hanging over the tail, see the top of the leopard. Despite the seemingly bright colors skins, these predators perfectly blend in with the surrounding landscape.
Here, see for yourself. Find on this tree two leopards. That's what the Rangers are looking for wild animals in the bush. It's really the same tree. But even if it is to maximize the image still find leopards very hard. So ... What are your suggestions?
I noticed the tree where it sat a cat. Large circle is a small mom and above - a kitten.
And while the mother was resting, lying down on a convenient branch ...
The kid with pleasure tore some cock.
This activity he liked. As explained to us by this mother teach children hunt. Often female specially catches and slightly pridushivaet game, which then gives the offspring. He catches and plays with it, and at the same time acquire the necessary skills in the hunt.
When you have finished with your meal, kid downstairs.
Mommy is inexcusable invasion was not very pleased, and she decided to get off the ground and a little stroll.
This is, of course, a little puzzled kitten. He was sure that it is better than to lie down next to him and you can not think of anything.
My mother did not agree with this view.
Later in the evening we are back to the same place. Leopards continued to rest on a tree. True antelope carcass size decreased slightly.
At this time the baby was not in the tree, and walked downstairs.
After lying for a while under a tree, he went for a walk in the surrounding bushes.
This is a little worried my mother, but apparently, he was old enough that it seriously began to worry about his safety.
three times times the leopard we met in the area of River Kwai. This was unusual. We were just driving down the road, when suddenly stopped short. Richard, our ranger, passed back to a tree, near which we passed a moment ago. Turning aside, he pointed his finger and said: "Leopard". That's just at this point we really saw the beast. It was very unexpected. We did not notice it when passing by.
Apparently, he just kept an eye on production.
He briefly lay in the shade and went into the bush in a few minutes.
You see what beast rather skinny. A sure sign that he ate the last time for a long time.
Leopard went right up to the car. We absolutely did not care. Hishnik was busy with his own affairs.
We drove for a while after him through the bush.
The fact is that in the first place in this area is allowed to move down to the road, and in addition we have here are a few more cars with tourists. When one of the rangers finds something interesting, he reported on the radio the other crews that he found and where is about.
to this place attracts other machines, and for some time we followed the beast, so that they can see us from the road, as a benchmark.
Last time we saw in Botswana Leopard already in the delta Okovango.
The whereabouts of the kitten we were informed as soon as we arrived there. This young leopard sitting alone on a tree.
He sat for a third day, was very skinny and obviously hungry. The mother went on the hunt, but it seems that something did not give her a chance to return to the extraction of a kitten. And though he is big enough to eat meat, hunts alone may not be able to. Therefore, he sits among the branches, hoping for the return of my mother.
The last time this trip we saw a leopard in the park Kruger.
It was already dark, and to remove the cat, I had to highlight her lantern.
She, too, was a kitten, but quite a pipsqueak. He is at this moment was hiding nearby in the bushes. Walked around the lions and hyenas, and appear out for the safety of his hiding place, he was not. It is true we were lucky, and for a moment we saw it in the beam of the flashlight muzzle. He was, in fact, still quite small. Fluffy and round-faced. Unfortunately. it was so short of time that the photograph it before it runs away frightened light in the bushes - no one has.
That's my dream come true to meet the leopard. Although after the first time it seemed that this would happen if - it is not known when. But as it turned out it was necessary only to want, and if possible not to miss the chance to move to the target.