Wildlife: Luangwa's Leopards compete with the best

06th September 2017

We have seen images from Savute of leopards leaping into the mud to pull catfish from the sticky channel, and we've seen footage of jaguars catching caimans in the backwaters of the South American rainforests. Now Luangwa's leopards are vying for their own place in the lime-light....by taking on crocodiles! More on this story later, but for now, have a look at these images and short video!

A leopard walks down a fallen tree towards the camera in South Luangwa National Park
We found this large leopard resting on a fallen tree at dusk. He descended and called, starting to mark his territory. We followed for a while and then left him when he went to drink at the river.

A large leopard carrying a freshly killed crocodile in South Luangwa National Park.
Returning soon after, we found him (I actually heard him rustling in the leaf litter before we saw him!) dragging a carcass through the long grass. It wasn't easy to see what it was immediately....

A large leopard carrying a freshly killed crocodile in South Luangwa National Park.
....until suddenly he turned towards us and we could see that he'd killed a crocodile!

Comments

Photo comment By Stan bartosz: Nature has a way of suprising us.
Photo comment By Lovemore Mupungu: Lovely photos ever
Photo comment By Eugene: Well done!!
Photo comment By Paul Bourdin: I used to be a guide at Chibembe. In our walking safari area across the river I found a crocodile carcass dragged up into a tree, presumably by a Leopard. If you know the area it was right next to the river on the west bank, about 3 - 4 km north of the walking camp Kasansanya. I'm not exactly sure of the year but I'd say it was 1991 or 1992.
Photo comment By Edward Selfe: Stan - you are right! I have been here 9 years and I’m still finding lots of new things and interactions! Paul - great to hear from you and learn about your experience at Chibembe. I had a feeling that this was not a “first” but no one I’ve spoken to had seen it before! Eugene - thanks! Lovemore - thanks very much!

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