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2017 Wildlife Photo Contest

African leopard (Panthera pardus), Okavango Delta, Botswana
Jungle Cat

Species: African leopard (Panthera pardus) | Location: Okavango Delta, Botswana

Leopards (Panthera pardus) are one of the most elusive cat species in Africa, especially in the Okavango Delta during the rainy season, where dense vegetation and large swampy marshes further conceal them. Special moments like this, when one is able to catch a glimpse of these exotic creatures, are thus rare and extraordinary. After trying to track a leopard family for the better part of two days, we were finally rewarded. This six-month-old female cub was spotted lounging along a tree branch one evening while her mother was out hunting. Taken in the Okavango Delta, Botswana.

About The Photographer

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As the human population grows at the expense of invaluable habitats and species, there's an ever-growing need for conservation and awareness. My company, TerraLens Photography LLC, inspires awe of our planet's inherent beauty and encourages the responsible treatment of nature by drawing attention to wildlife conservation issues through photography and photojournalism. Humans share an underlying connection with all living things on the entire planet, but we often forget about it. My photography and essays explore diverse conservation topics to find the moments where our separation from nature dissolves and we see our place in the universe correctly. I believe that when this happens, we're more likely to treat ourselves, others, and the planet with greater care and respect.
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