Ever since becoming a Field Guide, the one animal that intrigued me the most was the elusive leopard. They are one of the hardest to find, but once you find them, they are by far one of the most beautiful animals in the African bush.
As a Field Guide, you always hear about the large density of leopards that call the Sabi Sand Region their home, in fact the Sabi Sand Region is said to have one of the largest densities of leopard in Africa.
Before moving to and working at Sabi Sabi, I’ve only had the privilege of seeing leopards mate on a handful of occasions. When leopards mate, they are usually heard before they are seen and most of the time when you do find them, they are lying up in some dense vegetation or a cool drainage line, which is often difficult to get good visual of the honeymoon couple.
Since joining the Sabi Sabi team about 18 months ago, I’ve been fortunate to witness leopards mate numerous times now. I’ve even had the privilege to see close on 30 different leopards, both male and female. Not all of these are resident leopards at Sabi Sabi, most of them we’ve only seen a couple of occasions as they move through our 16,000-acre concession, giving us plenty of opportunities to photograph these beautiful animals.