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Kalahari Leopard cubs.

Postby Marc » Thu 21 Jan 2010 11:22

My first posting here!
Whilst staying at Deception Valley Lodge in the Kalahari, one of the highlights was the ability of our guide and tracker to track down a pair of 5/6 month old Leopard cubs, 1 male, 1 female.
They had initially followed the mothers spoor for nearly 1 1/2 hours and whilst not finding her, they successfully found her 2 cubs.
Some of the best tracking I had ever seen and a real tribute to Adriann and Xhega.
It's hard to believe these cubs are from the same litter, however cats in the wild frequently have multiple * partners and because of the way their reproductive system works,
it is possible for each kitten in a litter to have a different father. Cats are induced ovulators, meaning that they drop an egg when stimulated by the breeding male.
The female on the left is quite dark with Cheetah/honey colored eyes, whereas the male is much lighter with the more standard olive eyes.
Photography (and tracking) was not easy in the thick Acacia thorn scrub and yellow grass.
Very cute nonetheless!


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Re: Kalahari Leopard cubs.

Postby GuidoDeVolder-BE » Thu 21 Jan 2010 12:00

Goodmorning.
With all my respect for other posters but these are the most beautiful pictures I've seen on this website until now :o .
Also thnaks for the biology-lesson, didn't know that. :idea:
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Re: Kalahari Leopard cubs.

Postby Guy Van Hooveld » Thu 21 Jan 2010 19:56

excellent, I hope you'll post more in the future...
BTW did you shoot those hand held, from a vehicle ?
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Re: Kalahari Leopard cubs.

Postby Marc » Thu 21 Jan 2010 21:40

Appreciate the comments Guido & Guy.
They were taken in the vehicle with a monopod.
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Finally safari shots on this forum... and WOW...

Postby Vincent De Vos » Sat 23 Jan 2010 09:28

...and WOW... They are fantastic!
Thanks.
Passioned by beautiful pictures, not a very active photographer though...
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Re: Kalahari Leopard cubs.

Postby FVanDerLinden » Sat 23 Jan 2010 10:51

How cute, I want to keep one such cat at home... :lol:

Nice pictures. Felecitations!
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Re: Kalahari Leopard cubs.

Postby RolandDeSmedt-BE » Sun 7 Feb 2010 09:46

How beautiful, how dangerous... But not as hypocrit nor dangerous as some homo sapiens...
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Re: Kalahari Leopard cubs.

Postby James » Fri 12 Feb 2010 22:31

These are really well captured Marc, how long did you take stalking them to be able to capture these shots?

Leopards always look so magnificent and confident, they don't look as scary as some other big cats as they almost look down on humans as too easy to even bother with! Still, I wouldn't like to get too close to one!
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Re: Kalahari Leopard cubs.

Postby Rita » Thu 18 Feb 2010 20:24

So cute...,always liked cats.. mine ran away while spending holidays in Switserland some years ago. She couldn't get along with our dog who was also in the car...
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