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Pete Thorpe

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Right from his very first bush trip at the age of four, Pete was always enthralled by this environment. Having grown up in the Middle East, Pete’s home-away-from-home has always been a bungalow in the Greater Kruger National Park, where his family had ...

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on Leopard Sleeps in Long Grass: We Couldn’t Believe What Happened Next!

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Marinda Drake
Master Tracker

Wow Pete an incredible sighting. The image of the leopard jumping in the top of the trees with the kill is amazing.

Virgílio Gibbon
Digital Ranger

Fantastic my friend!!! These moments were incredible!

James Catlett
Explorer

Thanks Pete. Great sighting. Unforgettable experience. Hard to believe a leopard can be so agile and make a 5 meter
jump in a tree with an impala.

Denise Vouri
Digital Tracker

What an incredible experience. Not only to follow this leopard until she made a kill, but then to witness that leap of faith between the tree branches, all the while carrying the impala lamb in her mouth!! That’s a guest’s dream come true. Good shot of that by your guest. Keep up these amazing sightings!!

Callum Evans
Guest contributor

Absolutely incredible!!!!

Joanne Wadsworth
Senior Digital Ranger

Leopards never cease to amaze me with their agility. Incredible image of this leopard fully extended, with prey in mouth, jumping from tree to tree. Great click!

Darlene Knott
Senior Digital Ranger

How exciting! And yes, you have to have patience or forget seeing such action as you saw! That photo of the leopard with impala lamb in her mouth, leaping from limb to limb is absolutely incredible! I would love to be able to capture that. Thanks for sharing, Pete!

Nicki Ryan
Explorer

Gosh – one can only dream of seeing such an incredible sighting and to top it off with a pic of the jump!

Wendy Macnicol
Explorer

Wow! Incredible picture of the Leopard jumping with her prey around 5 meters! I have never seen anything more impressive and I have been see pics of wild life for many, many years ….. Well done to the photographer, Gabriella, and thank you, Peter, for yet another wonderful blog! Wendy M

Vicky
Digital Ranger

WOW! What a sighting! Patience most always pays off with big cats, leopards most especially. Yours was extraordinary. That photo of the leap from one branch to another…oh my word! It left me breathless…beauty, power, agility. An amazing shot. Congrats.

Michael & Terri Klauber
Digital Tracker

Pete, Patience is one of the toughest things to accept on a game drive, but you convinced your group to try it and you won! Loved the image of the leopard in the air – Wow!

Judith Guffey
Senior Digital Ranger

“Leaping leopard”. What a fantastic shot! Patience is the key on game drives.

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