Frans Lanting

This close-up portrait of a leopard made recently in Botswana’s Okavango Delta would have been very difficult to do 30 years ago when I first started looking for leopards in Africa. Back then, they were elusive and nearly invisible. When I did my coverage for @natgeo in Botswana in the late 80s, I rarely saw any leopards at all. They were ghost cats. Today sightings of leopards are common. The difference is better protection and especially, lack of hunting pressure. Botswana banned trophy hunting in 2014 and leopards like this one are beneficiaries. It is ever more important to recognize that every wild animal has its own life and that every one of them deserves our respect. Follow me @FransLanting for more tales of leopards and other big cats. @thephotosociety @natgeo @natgeotravel @natgeocreative #Leopard #Botswana #BigCats #Panthera #Respect #wildlifephotography

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Deborah ✨

Gorgeous Cat❤️✨

Tamriel Dunmer

Breathtaking how each one has their own unique face and individual gaze 🙂 beautiful photography 👍🏼

Ziggy

Wonderful portraits of this beautiful animal. I lived all over, wild Africa, for 15 years of my life and I can count the number of times I saw a leopard on one hand. The most elusive of the big cats and the most beautiful in my eyes. Although it's very hard to beat the handsome king of the jungle

dinoramorsianiventuri

Magnificent!!!

dinoramorsianiventuri

Man should respect his environment and the real inhabitants of Earth more! We are their guests. The good God first created Earth then them and only in the end we (?)! It's so nice to see these creatures !!! I would spend my life contemplating Africa. Evil Africa exists !!

Jesse Josè

Beautiful.

Kaoutare.A 🇫🇷

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