This was the first lion that we saw.
Our guide indicated
that he was getting
up in years and would not be with us much longer.
This young male was of the age that
he had been
driven out of his"cub"
pride by the dominant male and was
on his own. Hopefully he will
to form a pride of his own some day.
We found these six lion cubs hidden by their mothers so that they could
But like all kids, they were not minding too well
They were prowling around seeing what mischief they could get into.
Or just enjoying the sun. We watched them for a good hour.
leopard the smallest of the four "big
cats" the other three being the tiger, lion, and jaguar. The leopard is now chiefly found in sub-Saharan
Africa. Because of its declining range and population, it is listed as a "Near
Threatened" species on the IUCN
The leopard has
relatively short legs and a long body with a large skull Its fur is marked with rosettes similar to those of the jaguar, but the leopard's rosettes
are smaller and more densely packed, and do not usually have central spots as the jaguars do.
species' success in the wild is in part due to its opportunistic hunting behavior, its adaptability to habitats, its ability to run at
speeds approaching 36 mph, its unequaled ability to climb trees even when carrying a heavy carcass, and its notorious ability for stealth.
The leopard consumes virtually any animal that it can hunt down and catch. Its habitat ranges from rainforest to desert
terrains.Leopards are agile and stealthy predators. They are able to take large prey due to their massive skulls that
facilitate powerful jaw muscles. Head and body length is usually between 35 and 65 in. The tail reaches 24 to 43 in long.
Shoulder height is from 18 to 31 in. The muscles attached to the scapula are exceptionally strong, which
enhance their ability to climb trees. They are very diverse in size. Males are about 30% larger than females, weighing 66
to 200 lb compared to 51 to 130 lb for females. Large males of up to 200 lb have been documented in the Kruger.
came across this big guy asleep in a tree. He was not happy about being woken up.
Oh ooh, he is coming down out of the tree - what
is my "Blue Ribbon" photo from the entire trip.
he's down and headed the other way. Resume breathing!
Actually we were not in any danger as we were in the
taking the photos through the open windows using bean bag rests.
I would imagine that we could have rolled
up the windows rapidly
if he came our way.
time to move to the next segment of the Safari. Lets look at some