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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 Amazing Leopard Photos Captured On Camera Trap

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Marinda Drake
Master Tracker

Stunning pictures. Imagine if we did not have trail cams. We would miss so much.

Victoria Auchincloss
Digital Tracker

This camera is obviously a wonderful gift. what fun to go out in the morning and be surprised by what you find! thanks for sharing. Victoria

Joan Schmiidt
Master Tracker

Pete, wonderful blog today – you captured of those on the camera trap🤗

Darlene Knott
Digital Tracker

Great shots, great set up with the trail camera! It is fascinating to watch leopards climb trees and this was cast perfectly here. Terrific post! Thanks!

Ahburrell
Digital Ranger

Absolutely killer shots!, Pete and all….outstanding! Extraordinary to see so clearly the strength it requires by the animal and the curvature of his body from the side.
Thank you from “lockdown” mode in California, Andee

Vin Beni
Guest contributor

The similarities in the 2 climbs are amazing!

Vic Quint
Digital Ranger

I was at school with John Varty

Hi John,often see your movies

Hope you are all doing OK in this Virus Pandemic
Hope the Animals are OK

Doug Hammerich
Senior Digital Ranger

Amazing once-in-a-lifetime shot of the leopard taking down the nyala!

Chelsea Allard
Senior Digital Ranger

Were you able to work out which leopard it was?

Pete Thorpe
Field Guide

Hi Chelsea,

It’s the Maxims Male. He has moved in from further east.

Pete

Andrew and Daniel Bolnick
Digital Tracker

Great idea. Wonderful capture. Leopards are just amazing animals

Mary Beth Wheeler
Guest contributor

Fun story, Pete. It’s interesting that in daylight he went up the tree with his back to the camera. But at night he, at least twice, went up on the side of the tree. Just coincidence. I imagine…?

Pete Thorpe
Field Guide

I also noticed that while writing this! Interesting observation… With only this photographic evidence it’s hard to make any conclusions. Something to look out for in the future…

Paul Canales
Senior Digital Ranger

These pictures are right on time after listening to Boyd’s podcast Day 14 in which he reflected that “A leopard is total leopard-ness, without any effort” completely in tune with his/her place in the intelligence of life. Perfect insight to match these pictures and for deeper reflection. All gratitude.

Callum Evans
Guest contributor

Amazing images!!!

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

OMG- this was brilliant!! I’m so happy the camera trap captured those two well exposed amazing photos. I’m sure he left the tree finally, one satisfied leopard!!

Auriel Thorpe
Explorer

Wow what incredible shots captured on the camera trap! Loved seeing these. Thanks Pete.

Ana Komljenović
Digital Ranger

Thank you! I’ve been waiting for this article! The previous article in the second image did not show the time! The difference is also noticeable in the right front paw: compared to the white stain on the trunk, it is not in the same position. Also in Figure 1 below the chin there is (on the trunk) one white dot and in Figure 2 are two. 🙂

Joanne Wadsworth Kelley
Master Tracker

Exceptional captures! Trail cams expose more special moments than we could imagine.

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