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Inyathini 3:3 Male

Inyathini 3:3 Male

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Inyathini 3:3 Male

Inyathini 3:3 Male

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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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Marinda Drake
Master Tracker

Such a special sighting. Stunning image of the leopard against the sun.

Marc Grawunder
Explorer

Wonderful pictures-thanks for sharing !

Ian Hall
Digital Tracker

That is probably the most amazing leopard photo I have seen .

James Tyrrell
Photographic Guide/Media Team

It’s definitely up there on my podium of “best ever” too, Ian!

Mary Beth Wheeler
Guest contributor

Wonderful photos of Inyathini and the cub! Is he known to be the father of the cub?

Ronald Lentz
Explorer

Alex,
I think you were holding out on us, what a great day you had this morning, WOW. Can’t believe we have been home for 3 weeks. Your pics make us want to come back and seeing that cub stand up, is crazy good. Hope all is well with you and Lucky, we talk about you guys everyday. I think all our friends are tiered of hearing out Londolozi. Thanks for all the great memories, can’t wait to come back someday. Give Equalizer a hard time for me. Ron

Suzanne Gibson
Guest contributor

Fabulous pictures Alex. I can’t believe it – I posted a comment to Rob after his blog just 2 days ago, , saying how I hoped to see the Ndzanzeni female plus her cub when I come back but hadn’t heard anything about them! The cub looks really well, is it male or female? How amazing to see the interactions between them all.

Vanessa Dean
Explorer

Beautiful photos

Johanna Browne
Explorer

Spectacular photo! The intensity of that male (no mistaking it as female in this shot!) and the cub sitting up to meet on what it attempts as equal terms-it is heart pounding. Loved it!

Bob & Lucie Fjeldstad
Guest contributor

Alex, birding may be your passion but predators & prey are your finest photographic achievements. I just noticed that you dominate our collection of “favorite’ed” blog photos. Your composition, choice of subject, use of black & white and ability to capture the “money-shot” of eye to eye stands head and shoulders above most of your colleagues. As serious fellow photogs we really admire your work. Keep focusing on composition and lighting and you will become a master image maker!

Joan Schmiidt
Digital Tracker

Alex, I have never seen male leopard tolerate a cub🤗! I have only seen them kill a cub because they wanted to mate and carry on their blood line. OH MY GOSH – WHAT A WONDERFUL SIGHTING.

Wendy Macnicol
Senior Digital Ranger

Hi Alex. That is a lovely article on Leopard reactions! Most unusual with the father and cub! Thank you so much! Wendy M

Victoria Auchincloss
Senior Digital Ranger

How incredibly, how adorable and possibly scary!! What a marvtastic sighting. Wow, we’re you at all worried about the cub?! Victoria

Leonie De Young
Explorer

A really nice blog Alex and fantastic pics of the spotted cats. What a nice experience for everyone witnessing the interaction of the cub and the male leopard. Thanks for sharing with us.

Joanne Wadsworth Kelley
Master Tracker

The sun rise image is stunning in every way and the interaction images between the cub and male are both cute and surprising. Rare. Glad you captured it!

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

Beautiful images,amazing interaction. So happy you shared this blog.

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

The silhouette was extraordinary!

Martha Myers
Explorer

Alex, This has GOT to be a once in a lifetime sighting!! What an incredible experience, with some remarkably beautiful images to remember it by! Well Done.

Brian Love
Explorer

Beautiful pics all but the header image of the submissive interaction between the Inyathini male and cub is truly outstanding!!! Bravo Alex!

Jutta Mielke Nestle
Guest contributor

Wonderful to see Ndzanzeni with her Cub again, never expect that Inyathini ist the Father, very social father , same behaviour as with the son Tortoise Pan, thanks for sharing.

Callum Evans
Guest contributor

I would definitely never expect to see this!! I’ve never heard of any kind of interaction like this!

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