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