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African Leopard : The leopard is a solitary cat with males weighing up to 175 pounds, females 70 pounds. These spotted cats vary in color significantly over their range and can be black (although this is rare in South Africa, but more common in India see our black panther gallery). The leopard is not the largest of cats, but is none the less an efficient hunter. After making a kill, they often move the prey up in a tree to protect it from lions and hyenas. I've included some shots of a leopard at the bottom of a tree and then in the branches with a full grown impala. Even more amazing is the photo of a warthog lying across a branch. So assuming that even African "pigs can't fly", it must have been put there by the large male lying in the shade about 25 yards away (the warthog photo appears after the suspected leopard). The majority of cats in this section were found and photographed in Sabi Sands Reserve and Kruger Park, both located in the Republic of South Africa, and most recently in 
Etosha Park Namibia.  Some of the leopard shots were taken within 5 feet of the animals. (We were in a vehicle at all times, sometimes, an open vehicle!!)   Most photos were taken early in the day, or early in the evening. Some were taken after dark with the aid of a spot light.  I've really gotten to like the effect of the spotlight. Hope you enjoy.

African Leopard

irishbob

The leopard is a solitary cat with males weighing up to 175 pounds, fe ...

Updated: Jun 21, 2015 12:43pm PST

Jackal : All of the photos in this gallery are of the black backed jackal. They are a small animal weighing approximately 15 to 18 pounds. The side striped jackal is somewhat bigger. They are often hunted by farmers as a pest throughout this part of Africa, somewhat like the North American coyote.

Jackal

irishbob

All of the photos in this gallery are of the black backed jackal. They ...

Updated: Jun 21, 2015 12:13pm PST

African Honey Badger : The honey badger is a small, yet fierce mammal. They weigh in at about 24 pounds, yet even the lion and leopard tend to leave them alone. This courageous animal has loose skin that allows it to inflict wounds with both teeth and claws, even when held in the mouth of a larger predator. They are aggressive and will attack for little or no reason. In addition, they produce a very "smelly" anal discharge (similar to the North American skunk)to further reduce their attractiveness as a prey animal.  If you note the color of the fur on the back, you can understand how they all but disappear when lying down. As they tend to be nocturnal, our being able to obtain these shots was a real treat.

African Honey Badger

irishbob

The honey badger is a small, yet fierce mammal. They weigh in at about ...

Updated: Jun 21, 2015 12:07pm PST

Hippo : The hippo is a semi-aquatic animal with males weighing approximately 3,300 pounds and the females slightly smaller at about 3,100 pounds (not what you would call petite). Teh male continues to grow as long as he lives. They spend most of the day in the water, but come out to feed at night, traveling up to 20 miles in an evening. The hippo will attack savagely if it feels threatened. They are believed to cause more human deaths in Africa than any other animal. The Female becomes sexually mature at about 5 to 6 years. The gestation period is 8 months at the end of which she will typically have a single well developed infant (calf). (males are bulls, females cows and infants calfs) The typical life expectency is 40 to 50 years. Their closest relative is the whale/Porpoise. They are the third largest land mamal behind the elephant and White Rhino. While they look slow and clumbersome, they can sprint faster then most humans reaching speeds of 30km per hr. We were very surprised when in Sabie Sands, a hippo ran across the road in front of us at about 8:00 in the morning. Good hippo viewing at Lower Sabie from the restaurant platform at night and at Sunset Dam in the daytime.

Hippo

irishbob

The hippo is a semi-aquatic animal with males weighing approximately 3 ...

Updated: Jun 21, 2015 12:00pm PST

Newest Shots : This is where I dump all of the newest photos I've taken.

Newest Shots

Jody Melanson (jmelanson)

This is where I dump all of the newest photos I've taken.

Updated: Jun 21, 2015 9:46am PST

Chile (4/15) : Images captured during a photo trip to Chile.

Chile (4/15)

Ken Conger

Images captured during a photo trip to Chile.

Updated: Jun 21, 2015 8:42am PST

Wild Animals : Various images collected of animals found in the wild.

Wild Animals

Rob Moore

Various images collected of animals found in the wild.

Updated: Jun 21, 2015 4:04am PST

Finland (6/15) : Images captured during a photo trip to Finland.  All of the animals were photographed in the wild.

Finland (6/15)

Ken Conger

Images captured during a photo trip to Finland. All of the animals we ...

Updated: Jun 20, 2015 8:48am PST

What's New! :

What's New!

Jay Gartenhaus

Updated: Jun 19, 2015 2:38pm PST

Cape Buffalo : The cape buffalo is a large bovid with males reaching about 1750 lbs and females only slightly smaller at about 1550. This animal is an aggressive creature that will attack with minimal provocation, the most dangerous being the older bulls who have left the herd. There are stories about the cape buffalo setting up ambushes for hunters. While there may be some exaggeration in these stories, a wounded animal is not to be under estimated.  That being said, we have (in a vehicle) sat in the middle of a herd for extended periods and were totally ignored. I would not though try it on foot. On our last trip we saw a cape that was brought down by lions at about 5:00 in the afternoon. The next morning there was little left. So while being very capable of taking care of themselves, they still provide food for the lions.

Cape Buffalo

irishbob

The cape buffalo is a large bovid with males reaching about 1750 lbs a ...

Updated: Jun 19, 2015 6:41am PST