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Pictures of the Month – September 2014

The top five photos for the month of September – a selection of interesting African pictures.

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The man holding the antenna for carnivore conservation

Meet Stuart Munro, a Scottish man who took his passion for insects all the way to the Namib’s outback to help conserve the large predators that live there.

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Magaliesberg leopard, Brandy, back in the wild

Brandy, has successfully recovered from her snare injuries. Whether the incident had terminated her pregnancy remains to be seen but experts are hopeful.

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Carnivore conservation in Namibia

Carnivore Conservation Research Project collaborating with Namibian farmers to help resolve the human/predators conflict.

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Leopard project a success in the North West

The Leopard Project in South Africa’s North West province reached a highlight on 18 August 2014 with a female leopard, called Shera, receiving root canal treatment on her teeth before being released into the wild.

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Unexplained phenomena

Ben Coley talks about the magic that is the African bushveld.

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A young leopard makes his first kill

A young male leopard makes his first kill at Cheetah Plains.

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A leopard dive bomb!

A leopard leaps from a tree in Moremi Game Reserve onto an impala grazing below.

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The leopards of the Timbavati

Photographs that celebrate the lovely leopards of the Timbavati.

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Third week in Kruger: pretty lady on a rock

Scott mulls over conservation issues in South Africa, while at a fantastic leopard sighting in the Kruger.

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Leopards of the Okavango

A once in a lifetime opportunity to follow and photograph the daily activities of a female leopard and her two cubs in Moremi Game Reserve.

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Hyenas kill a leopard

A fierce battle between two top predators ends with casualties on both sides.

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Predator interaction on a buffalo kill

Jaci’s Lodges in Madikwe Game Reserve were treated to some very interesting and unique predator interaction after leaving a camera trap at a buffalo carcass.

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Leopard catching duiker… and other wonders

Scott proves that iSimangaliso Wetland Park lives up to its name: “place of wonders” in isiZulu. South Africa’s first world heritage site does not disappoint for those armed with a camera and a zoom lens.

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A lesson from lions on how not to approach a potential meal

A pride of lions take on a buffalo but a keen youngster is a bit too eager in her approach.

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An impala lamb and a leopard

A bittersweet video of an impala lamb and a leopard sighting in the Kruger.

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Never ask to see a leopard on safari

Next time your safari guide asks you about your interests before a drive, perhaps, trees or birds should be your response, but never a leopard!

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The life of a leopard: from juvenile to independence

We follow the life of a leopard at Cheetah Plains, from birth to independence.

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A leopard licked my vehicle!

On a recent trip to Tsavo West National Park Stratton Hatfield is fortunate to have a very unique encounter with a young male leopard.

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10 years of leopard conservation

We visit the Cederberg to celebrate ten years of leopard conservation with the Cape Leopard Trust.

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Wild dogs kill a leopard

The story of a leopard that guests at Kwando Safaris’ Lagoon Camp saw killed by a pack of dogs when he ventured too near their den in the heat of the day.

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A close call between predators

A leopard cub is involved in a tense stand off with a pride of lions for the remains of a buffalo carcass.

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Wild dogs and a leopard – a sighting of a lifetime

An exciting encounter where a pack of wild dogs chase a leopard up a tree in Botswana’s Limpopo-Lipadi Private Game and Wilderness Reserve.

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A tale of a leopard’s tail

Adorable images of a mischievous leopard cub using its mother’s tail as a play toy.

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Phenomenal big cat sightings in Klaserie

The month of March has proved to be phenomenal in terms of sightings of big cats, delighting both rangers and guests at the Klaserie Private Nature Reserve.

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The persistent leopard and her kills

In the vast savannah of the Serengeti National Park there was an eclectic buzz about the land, almost as if the inhabitants were beckoning me to come and pay them a visit. Not long after entering the park, I spotted a leopard

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Leopard and hyena share a meal

Now here is something we definitely don’t see everyday: a leopard and hyenas sharing a meal in the Masai Mara.

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Leopard chases bat-eared fox

A leopard chases a bat-eared fox down the burrow in the Kgalagadi.

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Spotting the elusive leopard in the Pilanesberg

Until a recent trip to Pilanesberg National Park, this travel writer had never seen the elusive leopard. We follow him as he comes face to face with a leopard for the first time.

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The flying leopard

A leopard flies into the air to catch a guineafowl dinner for her two cubs.

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5 sexy facts you didn't know about leopards

On page 31 of the Africa Geographic October 2013 issue, Don Pinnock encounters some loved-up leopards. Following on from that article, here are 5 facts that we bet you didn’t know about the leopard mating ritual!

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Mother and leopard cub get unwanted visitors

By the time we neared the sighting spot, the two leopards disappeared into some incredibly thick bush along the river. I asked Kevin what my best approach was and he said that I should try get down into the river.

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Leopard stalks pangolin

A rare series of photographs of a pangolin being stalked by a leopard in Botswana.

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Big cat secrets to staying awesome

There is no doubt that African big cats make up some of our most impressive predators. From the maned ‘king of the jungle’, to the elusive leopard, and the fast-as-lightning cheetah, these feline beauties have precious reputations to live up

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A leopard gets some morning coffee

Original Source: Attie Cilliers Attie Cilliers saw this leopard in Deception in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, Botswana. The leopard prowled around the campsite during the night and drank all the water from a plastic basin he left on one

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Leopard vs. Elephant

Life as a guide allows you an exciting and often rare glimpse into the lives of Africa’s most beautiful animals. I recently had just such an experience as I watched a male leopard stroll along the banks of the Sand

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The Cliffhanging Leopard

During my four years as a guide at Singita Kruger National Park I would always scan the cliffs of the Lebombo Mountain range. I  imagined how amazing it would be to see a leopard scale these steep, craggy cliffs. Leopards

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Leopard Hoists Rhino Into a Tree

We all know leopards are capable of hoisting massive kills into trees. But have you ever heard of a leopard attempting to tree a rhino? Granted, this is a rhino calf but considering calves are born at a weight of

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Survival of the Quickest

But for a few notable exceptions, animals are not known for their problem solving abilities.  Most rely on primeval instinct that has been passed on to them through generations. The knowledge of what to do and when is as natural

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Fear of the Dark on the ‘Dark Continent’

Fear of the unknown is probably the only phobia that affects every single person on the planet.  What has enabled human beings to rise to an unsurpassed intellectual plane is the capacity of the brain.  The gift of imagination has

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10 most ‘liked’ wildlife photos from our readers

In our last issue of Safari we asked you to send us your best wildlife photographs from Africa. We received hundreds of entrants, wittled it down to three winners, and were left with a Facebook album of wildlife eye-candy. Here

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Leopard catches more than it bargained for

On a recent trip to Etosha National Park in Namibia I found a Leopard resting in the shade close to a waterhole and decided to hang around in the hope of her hunting Springbok or other antelope at the waterhole.

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Forever Enemies

There is an age-old feud between two particular species in the wilderness – the leopard and the baboon…  We got a brief glimpse of this rivalry during breakfast at Singita in the Sabi Sands. Four leopards were relaxing in the

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One Life For Another. Leopard-Nyala Kruger Kill.

A highlight of life in Africa has got to be timeout with a predator on the hunt. The suspense is tangible as a leopardess crouches low or a pride of lions start circling a herd of zebra. I spend day

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Leopard alert in the Sabi Sand

My radio crackles to life and a call from the lodge comes through. “Any ranger station on standby? There is a leopard on the deck and we need someone to go check it out.” By “check it out” they are

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Caracals count too: mesopredator research in the Cederberg

On a recent trip to the Cederberg with my 9-year-old son, I arranged to meet a young researcher working for the Cape Leopard Trust. I was keen to chat to her about the work of the CLT in the area,

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