Spotted beauty - Leopard by Dan MacKenzie

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One of my all time favorite animals of the African bush. This gorgeous female leopard (Panthera pardus) calmly groomed herself not 10 meters away from us, only occasionally throwing us an uninterested glance. This particular female was well known to the local rangers in the Timbavati reserve of South Africa, having succesfully raised a total of six litters – an amazing feat in a wild and dangerous environment dominated by larger predators.

Timbavati reserve, South Africa


cat, safari, leopard, wildlife, wilderness, africa, predator

Although Canadian by birth, I grew up in Africa and from an early age travel became a regular part of my life. As a result I developed an early passion for my two great loves, Africa and aviation. Being fortunate to return to Africa every year with our own safari company “Explorations Africa”, all of my photos of wildlife are taken in their natural and unstaged settings. Please visit us at

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  • Sandy Stewart
    Sandy Stewartover 4 years ago

    Beautiful close up of a Leopard! : )

  • Thanks Sandy. This was my first close up encounter with a leopard, and those eyes still send shivers down my spine!

    – Dan MacKenzie

  • Sandy Stewart
    Sandy Stewartover 4 years ago

    That reminds me of how I felt when I saw my first Black bear staring at me from a close distance. lol Though I felt shivers down my spine, I also felt quite the adrenaline rush to watch this beautiful animal in its own environment. I just noticed a red pat on her hip! I wonder if she has a wound and or is marked by the rangers for identification? : )

  • She had definitely not been marked by the rangers. She had been grooming herself in typical cat fashion, leaning back and licking particularly around her midsection and up towards her spine. I believe she had recently been feeding and possibly in the process of maneavouring the kill in the tree had gotten blood on her abdomin.

    – Dan MacKenzie

  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesover 4 years ago


  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesabout 4 years ago

  • Thanks Magaret!

    – Dan MacKenzie

  • jozi1
    jozi1over 2 years ago

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