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Chris Taylor

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Chris was born and raised in the Kwa-Zulu/Natal Midlands where his family inspired his early passion for the natural world. Exploring Southern Africa as he grew up, this passion was allowed to develop and his curiosity to expand. After high school, Chris spent ...

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on An Unbelievable Afternoon with the Ingrid Dam Female Leopard

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Kate Doyle
Explorer

Wow! What an amazing sighting!!!! The video was great – thank you so much for sharing it!

Chris Taylor
Ranger

Indeed a once in a lifetime sighting, Kate! I’m glad you enjoyed the video.

Marinda Drake
Master Tracker

What a lovely experience Chris. The best sightings happen when least expect it.

Chris Taylor
Ranger

That’s correct Marinda. And they often require a great deal of patience too.

Ian Hall
Digital Tracker

What a wonderful sighting, the guests would have been in leopard heaven

Mary Beth Wheeler
Guest contributor

How exciting for you and your guests! Love the video – big cub!

Chris Taylor
Ranger

Yes, this was rather big cub! Probably one of the last times that it will be carried in this fashion.

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

No matter you didn’t have a camera- your video really told the story. Additionally, you lived the experience!!
I saw this female in late November, up a tree next to the riverbed with a kill. She was beautiful. She didn’t look pregnant then but perhaps had just given birth? What a great day you all had 📷😊🐆

Chris Taylor
Ranger

You were very lucky to see this female Denise, not many people do! If my memory serves me correctly, we suspect that this litter was born mid-late October last year so she had probably given birth and had the cubs hidden away in the rocky outcrop at the time that you saw her.

Bob & Lucie Fjeldstad
Guest contributor

Wow again! I’m glad you were able to video this. Interesting how the cub curls hits rear legs up to facilitate the carry. I’m sure the mother was nervous carrying the large cub over such open area with hyaena in the area!!!

Vin Beni
Digital Tracker

We were fortunate enough with Trevor to see the final seconds of a mother carrying its cub.

Chris Taylor
Ranger

A very lucky experience you had then, Vin!

Al Kaiser
Senior Digital Ranger

I appreciate the photo of cub and mother drinking together. Luckily enough I was at that sighting and have the same photo!!

What a beautiful leopard – she seems to have a more gentle expression than some (if that is possible!). The cub must have been quite traumatised! Your guests must have been bowled over at such a fantastic sighting and thanks for sharing it with us.

Suecol777
Explorer

Give me strength! Right past the game viewing vehicle like it wasn’t there. One might almost expect her to stand up on her hind legs against the side of the vehicle, drop her cub in your lap and say, ‘Could you watch her while I go hunting, please – I’m worried about those hyenas…’

Alessandra Cuccato
Digital Ranger

Amazing! I had the chance to spend 2 drives with her and her former cub. It was indeed quite a challenge to find her. She is such a nice leopardess

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