Leopards in Etosha 3-12

by Bob Shepardson
(DeBary, Fl. U.S.A.)

This mom has a young cub with her

This mom has a young cub with her

This mom has a young cub with her
The first of the group of 3
Same leopard different angle
Three in one shot

As previously mentioned, Sherry and I were very lucky in being able to photograph Leopards near Namutomi. Previously we had good luck near Halali. This year near Halali we only had one fleeting look at what appeared to be a large male before he disappeared. These leopard shots were taken withing several hundred yards of each other (on different days). We also saw and photographed the large male that hangs out in that area. Unfortunately the photos were not good. If you would like to see them anyhow, let us know. The photo of the three, I am 95% sure is a mother with 2 large cubs. Otherwise this would be a very unusual photo.

Seeing the three occurred as I noticed two giraffe looking at the ground and stoped to observe. Two Zebra then came up smelling the ground and bolted. I then saw and started photographing the one leopard. Then there were 3. had them to myself for a short time when one of those overland trucks pulled up and scared them back into the bush.

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Apr 17, 2012
I love the third image!
by: Micky

I also love the yellow flowers - most leopard pics are shot with them in trees or in arid areas so the wildflowers are nice.

Apr 11, 2012
There's always one isn't there!
by: Marcus

Such a great photo opportunity spoilt by inconsiderate people. I can just imagine how the driver of the overland truck arrived - with screeching brakes, dust billowing up and gravel shooting out from the tires - just what a leopard needs to keep him calm and posing for the camera! Very nice images under the circumstances.

Apr 10, 2012
I want to go back
by: Jenny

Wow Bob and Sherry you have had some awesome sightings at Etosha,it makes me want to go back right now. Thanks for sharing these pics of all three leopards with us. This is what the bush is all about opportunities like these.

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