PICS: Leopard gives new meaning to catnap... only in Kruger!

2017-08-15 12:43 - Selene Brophy
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Cape Town - A series of pics of a leopard lounging about on a road in Kruger- captured by Hanno Erasmus - is quite seriously a sighting in a million.

Especially when you considered in sub-Saharan Africa, the leopard population has declined by more than 30 percent in the past 25 years, and the species has lost 48% to 67% of its historic range in Africa.

Between 2005 and 2014, at least 10 191 individual leopards were traded internationally as hunting trophies, with the United States as the top importer (accounting for 45 percent of this trade). The US Fish and Wildlife Service officially determined leopards as “endangered” under the Endangered Species Act in 2016 and leopard hunting has been banned in SA for 2017.  

SEE: #ShockWildlifeTruths: Proposed leopard hunting regulations need to be rethought

Fortunately for Hanno, who shared the pics to the Kruger SANParks community on Facebook, he was able to capture this series of pictures of the usually reclusive wild cat in broad daylight.

The pics were taken near Tshokwane Picnic site in SA's flagship national park on Wednesday, 9 August. The recently upgraded Tshokwane is located towards the central, eastern part of the park, close to the Mozambique border and is often described as a must-stop site with cheeky monkeys a usual sighting. 

It certainly gives new meaning to idea of taking a catnap, as the antics of this rather languid leopard sees it rolling and lolling about in the road. 

Some of the comments left by the Kruger community second how unique this experience was, calling it magical. One reader Terrence Mhlaba suggests the leopard is in fact rolling on elephant dung, which can be seen in the pics, so as to "hide her sent".

(Photo: Hanno Erasmus) 

(Photo: Hanno Erasmus) 

(Photo: Hanno Erasmus) 

(Photo: Hanno Erasmus) 

(Photo: Hanno Erasmus)

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Yet another spectacular and suspense filled sighting is this Leopard vs Leopard vs Hyenas interaction captured during a recent night game drive. For Nkorho Bush lodge Field guide Chene Wales-Baillie it is nothing short of extremely rare.  

Baille shared her story with describing how she was able to give her guests more of a surprise than even she bargained for - WATCH: EXCLUSIVE: Riveting leopard vs leopard vs hyenas 

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