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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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William Paynter
Senior Digital Ranger

Great story Chris, thanks.

Valmai Vorster
Master Tracker

Chris this is a good story about the mongoose, this is the first time I have seen them up a tree eating the flesh of a impala, while the leopard is nearby. What a close call for the mongoose.

Victoria Auchincloss
Master Tracker

Those of us brought up on Kiplings takes love the feisty mongoose in the story of his fight with the cobras. I think this mongoose is not only cute but incredibly brave just like Rikki Tikki Tavi! Victoria

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

Chris, your story proves the point that patience does bring rewards. You and your guests received a free ticket to the mongoose vs leopard’s feast and enjoyed its conclusion- the prized leopard going up the tree photo! I suppose the moral of this story is, if you dare to steal from a sleeping leopard with a kill, you best move quickly and eat carefully.

Marcia Parker
Senior Digital Ranger

Bold little guy! It seems once he got a taste from those few morsels he decided to go for the jackpot 😂.

Mary Beth Wheeler
Guest contributor

Love this story! Well-told, I could imagine myself sitting in your vehicle watching the scene evolve! Thanks for sharing it!

Francesca Doria
Master Tracker

When a child I read about mongoose fight against snakes I thought they were very brave. They are small but very tough little critters!

Lisa Antell
Digital Tracker

Very cool sighting! A real Two For One, and entertaining!

Cally Staniland
Master Tracker

What a fortunate plus to your afternoon Chris, that must have been a remarkable sight to see ❤️ Certainly paid off sitting patiently waiting for the leopard to move and ascend the tree. Had it not been for your cheeky mongoose your guests may have waited in vain. What super end to their day ‼️

Chelsea Allard
Digital Tracker

That’s a combination of animals and behavior I never would have suspected. Great story!

Christa Blessing
Master Tracker

What a great story, Chris! Patience pays off, indeed. Wonderful photos as well.

Bob and Lucie Fjeldstad
Guest contributor

Very daring Mongoose if we do say so! You never know what will happen while waiting for something else!

Mary Williams
Digital Ranger

Great read! I could see it with your telling of the tale! What an awesome sighting!

Ann Richardson Berg
Senior Digital Ranger

Hello Chris, What a fantastic story! What a brave mongoose! That must have been a spectacular sighting! Lucky you and the guests!
Was this mongoose an Sebramongoose?
Do you also see African civet sometimes?
Thank you for sharing!

Leonie De Young
Digital Tracker

A nice blog Chris. Some really good pics also of the cat and the mongoose. Thanks for sharing.

Jane Retief Thomson
Digital Ranger

Lovely story Chris, thank you for it and the super pics. Who would have thought ? We’ve experienced that patience is always rewarded, sometimes most unexpectedly !

Darlene Knott
Master Tracker

Absolutely loved this story! What a brazen little mongoose! And cagey too! When Three Rivers woke up, alert to that slight sound, the mongoose was smart to ‘fly outta there!” 😂🤣😂

Barbara Wallace
Explorer

What a brave little guy! Glad it had a happy ending. Thanks for the great story Chris.

Michael and Terri Klauber
Guest contributor

Chris, What a fun encounter! Very impressive moves by the Mongoose – lucky it got out of their alive!

Paul Buchanan
Explorer

Fascinating. I’ve never seen one of these in the bush. I’ll have to pay more attention the next time I’m in Africa. It’s fascinating that varieties of mongoose inhabit both Africa and India. I wonder how they are related.

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