Leopards in Etosha – I am a LUCKY LUCKY GAL!

See the leopard? See the leopard?

Well, I was extremely lucky to have caught sight of this magnificent predator (I believed it to be a female). I guess all these past months of “training” my eye to see things in the bush paid off…I am told that it’s extremely rare and lucky to see a leopard in Etosha. Even though I’d been up close and personal with the three we’d trapped on Okambara, ‘d never just spotted one in the wild. It was quite a rush for me!

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Hard to see, right?  Well, here are some more shots as I tracked her movement through the bush. Isn’t she beautiful???

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She laid down for some reason.

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Then  started off again…

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Then I guessed she was headed to the water hole, so I drove there and waited…and was eventually rewarded…

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And…what’s this? A SECOND LEOPARD? OMG! I almost didn’t see her! (It’s hard, but can you see both of them in the photo? There definitely are two!)

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The two leopards were definitely aware of each other, and my conjecture is that they were a mother and a daughter, since leopards are territorial. Mother often help “support” their young for a couple of years because they have such a high reproductive investment in them.)

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Leopard # 2 got a drink on the other side of the water hole.

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Then she went over to a log and hopped up.

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She sniffed for a bit, then she proceeded to mark the log.

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And then wandered off behind my car.

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Lovely!

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I am such a lucky gal!

 

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One thought on “Leopards in Etosha – I am a LUCKY LUCKY GAL!

  1. Oh, how cool is that? That is awesome, Alisa! I don’t know how you saw her in the first photos, took me a moment to find her. That rocks! Luck comes to those who work for it! :D

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