A successful hunt for the Newington male leopard

Newington male with impala kill in a Marula Tree - Ross Forbes

Newington male with impala kill in a Marula Tree - Ross Forbes

The impala had been alarm calling incessantly for over twenty minutes and the rangers were on the alert – clearly there must be a predator nearby! After much persistence, they were rewarded with a the distant sight of those unmistakeable predator eyes. Staring at us from the great height of a prominent Marula tree, the leopard was very close to the herd of impala. Closer inspection revealed the Newington male leopard with his latest catch – a young male impala that recently breathed its last.

Before feeding, the impressive – and now very proud – leopard gathered himself and moved the carcass twice into a accessible and stable position. Needless to say, he was in and out of the tree feeding on the carcass for the next two-and-a-half days, offering all those fortunate to enough to see this sight, some great viewing.

Ross Forbes

Ranger – MalaMala Game Reserve

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