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Alex Jordan

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Born in Cape Town, Alex grew up on a family wine estate in Stellenbosch. Spending much of his young life outdoors, Alex went on many a holiday into Southern Africa’s national parks and wild areas. After finishing high school, he completed a number ...

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on Why Are Most Leopards Afraid of Water?

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Marinda Drake
Master Tracker

Wow! Amazing experience. I watched a documentary awhile ago of lions crossing a river. The females went ahead but the cubs refused to follow. Eventually the cubs started swimming accross. A brother and sister stayed behind. They just did not want to enter the water. As it got dark they spend the night alone. The next morning the females crossed back, found the two cubs and eventually the two youngsters decided to brave the water and swam actoss with the mothers.

Mary Beth Wheeler
Guest contributor

What an awesome photo sequence, Alex! I would love to have been there with you!

Ian Hall
Digital Tracker

Alex, why is whenever I see your posts I would like one of your photos on my wall? Great stuff, please keep it up

Ian Hall
Digital Tracker

Though James’ crocodile photo is also a bit of a stunner

Darryl Piggott
Explorer

What a wonderful sequence of photos! I really enjoyed them and the narrative. A great credit to your photographic ability!

Suecol777
Explorer

And yet, tigers LOVE swimming, sometimes swimming vast distances, – so do certain breeds of domestic cat, notably the Turkish Van Cat. Also, on Nat Geo Wild I recently saw a jaguar plunge into a river to do battle with a caiman. I had a cat when I was on another farm that used to climb into my big outdoor ceramic sink and demand to be hosed down in hot weather – I just had to remember to run the hose-mounted tap for a while to let the water cool down! So… a clear perception of possible danger or just plain old-fashioned socio-cultural condition. Whatever – a stunning photo!

Cindy Hauert
Explorer

Wow, what an amazing sighting! I have been fortunate to witness lions swimming in the Okavango, but I think this must be an adaptation to habitat. My own house kitties are quick to dive for shelter when there’s even a hint of rain!

Bob & Lucie Fjeldstad
Senior Digital Ranger

Alex, why do you suppose lions are so cautious when tigers seem to relish being in water?

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

Another set of stunning images Alex. I felt as though I was there watching this scaredy-cat figure out when he’d cross the River. Your writing and photography skills could draw anyone into the Londolozi circle!!

Victoria Auchincloss
Senior Digital Ranger

Great scot what a wonderful moment to see the young leopard get across safely. Also interesting to learn why cats don’t like getting wet, not to mention meeting a crocodile mid stream!!! Victoria

Wendy Macnicol
Senior Digital Ranger

Wonderful pics, Alex! And some more for my Screensaver collection! Thank you. Wendy M

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