An intriguing afternoon with one of our unknown female leopards

Unidentified female leopard -

Unidentified female leopard - Jonathan Short

On a late morning game drive, ranger Brett Meadows spotted a female leopard lying on a large rock at Pat’s Drift Koppies. Her passive nature allowed two lucky rangers to spend the rest of the day following her and observing her afternoon endeavours. Ranger Jonathan Short managed to capture some lovely images.

Klipspringer - Matt Nolden

Klipspringer - Matt Nolden

She was restless in the cold winter sun and continually changed her position amidst the Koppies attempting to attain her ideal basking temperature.

Unidentified female leopard - Jonathan Short

Unidentified female leopard - Jonathan Short

Her peace was shattered by an alarm-calling Klipspringer, so she descended the koppies on route to stalk a small herd of impala in the distance.

Unidentified female leopard - Jonathan Short

Unidentified female leopard - Jonathan Short

The young leopardess waited in the short grass for hours as the impala slowly approached, who were completely unaware, until one snorted their familiar alarm-call which sent the antelope scattering across the open area.

Enjoying her time in the tree - Jonathan Short

Chasing tree squirrels - Jonathan Short

After noticing tree squirrels foraging through the veld, she ran after the poor critters – climbing a Marula tree in an attempt to extract the small animals from a branch.

Enjoying her time in the tree - Jonathan Short

After tree squirrels - Jonathan Short

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