January 17, 2018
This is THE dream-sighting that every safari visitor would like to encounter while out on game drive, “a kill in a tree”. This leopard (Panthera pardus pardus) was caught in the act of hauling its recently hunted prey high into a tree where it is safe from other predators,in particular hyenas which are quick to find something they do not have to work for. Great strength is required to accomplish the feat of physically dragging an animal that weighs up to 100 KG as much as 16 meters into the tree. Although they have a very broad diet that encompasses a range from rodents to large ungulates ( to include eland) its most common prey in the Klaserie is the common impala. This animal was seen on our afternoon game drive this past week.