In life and certainly in nature, each species on earth has its unique role to play in maintaining an extensive environmental balance. Every year on the 3rd May is the celebration of International Leopard Day. In an ongoing attempt to increase awareness of the importance of this species, this is a day that celebrates leopards and attempts to increase the global awareness of their status as well as the threats that leopard populations are faced with.
In episode # 384 of The Wild Eye Podcast Gareth Nuttall Smith, a Game Ranger and Conservationist from MalaMala Game Reserve, and I have a conversation about one of the worlds most beautiful and iconic cats - The Leopard.
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In honour of International Leopard Day, feel free to read through and watch some of our incredible experiences on safari with this magnificent cat below.
Until next time,
More Posts Featuring The Leopard
We headed out for drive and on arrival, we found that the kill was still in the same position, the mother leopard was no where to be seen and while driving around looking for the leopards, Dave pulled off a miraculous spot as he saw the youngster hiding under a bush.
While waiting, I could just hear the distant snorts and alarm calls of a herd of Ugandan kob. Now in my mind, I had thought, leopards being opportunistic, the leopardess maybe saw the Kob and went to try make another kill OR perhaps there was another predator in the area that set the Kob off.
We decided to go take a closer look and you would not believe what the next hour and a half had in store for us...
MalaMala and Mashatu Photo Safari
This is one of Wild Eye's most riveting safari offerings. Mala Mala is one of Africa's first safari camps and teems with history. It's home to arguably the most incredible lion, leopard & hyena viewing experiences in Africa. A safari experience based at Mala Mala within the Sabi Sands will certainly leave a lasting impression.
Mashatu might not date back as far as Mala Mala but it certainly holds its own when it comes to the wildlife experience. It also boasts a dense predator experience. What makes Mashatu unique is that it offers a special photographic hide experience, a hide producing sightings that out classes just about any other hide on African soil. By combining Mala Mala & Mashatu you’re setting yourself up for a big game safari experience second to none!
The Life of a Leopard
"It is no secret that leopards are my favorite animal and over the past 14 years in the industry I have been fortunate enough to spend plenty of time with them in the wild observing their natural behavior. As mentioned, this blog is going by my experience and is also not set in stone facts, the behavior I have witnessed may vary considerably depending on an area."
In this blog, Trevor McCall-Peat talks about some of his experiences with leopards during his time out on Safaris including fascinating information about their day to day lives!
That time a leopard almost at me
"I was off, my hand out in front of me pointing in the direction of the drag mark, the other tucked behind my back (just like the pros). I slowly, then quickly, then slowly again followed the track. I criss-crossed the dry veld in full view of my guests. Looking up every once in a while, I noticed the track getting closer to a large Knobthorn Acacia, hmm no leopard or kill up there. However, past the knobthorn the bush did seem to get much thicker as the riverine forest began to take over. No worries, I thought, just a little bit further. I stepped past the acacia, turned right and looked into the relative darkness of the forest. Suddenly...."
In this hilarious blog, Luke Street talks about the time a leopard almost ate him!