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Ximungwe 3:3 Young Male

Ximungwe 3:3 Young Male

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Ximungwe 5:3 Female

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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 Pack of Wild Dogs Lead us to a Leopard Kill

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Francesca Doria
Master Tracker

Rare episode, as wild dogs are the most successful hunters, followed by cheetah. But, both don’t belong to nocturnal predators. So, perhaps the successful rate of leopards is underestimated. Given that there are several cubs alive and in excellent conditions, it seems that in spite of so many rivals around they are doing pretty well. Great story

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

What an exciting drive Chris! Anytime you see wild dogs is thrilling, and then to see the Ximungwe female take down the Impala, almost under the noses of the dogs is truly a gold star sighting! Not a bad outcome for a ranger training day!

Andrew and Daniel Bolnick
Digital Tracker

What a couple of great sightings. Wish I were there watching with you

Valmai Vorster
Master Tracker

Chris that was a stunning sighting to see a leopard kill right in front of you. The Ximungwe female and her male cub are two beautiful leopards and I admire her for her strength in dragging that impala so far. He is about the same size as his mother now. Wild dogs are so exciting to watch as they never stop moving.

Christa Blessing
Master Tracker

Great sighting. Love these leopards.

Mary Beth Wheeler
Guest contributor

What a fun drive, Chris – and some nice shots as well!

Victoria Auchincloss
Master Tracker

Following wild dogs is always exciting as you are never quite sure what will happen next!! Wish I had been there! Victoria

Cally Staniland
Master Tracker

Not a bad way for the new trackers to be introduced to their new ‘play ground’ Chris!!!! Gosh I’d certainly love to be in their shoes. Thanks for sharing this fabulous day and some superb photos with us 🙏🏻💕

Suzanne Gibson
Guest contributor

What an incredible sighting Chris, and how amazing Ximungwe made her kill almost under the wild dog’s noses.

Vin Beni
Guest contributor

Always impressed with the incredible strength of a leopard as it carries its kill to a safe place[[an amzing combination of strength and grace,

Lisa Antell
Digital Tracker

Very glad that the leopards were able to keep their dinner by getting it hoisted up a tree! Well done!

Leonie De Young
Master Tracker

A nice blog Chris. Lucky sightings for the new rangers. Thanks for sharing.

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