This picture shows a female African leopard having killed then carried an impala up 15 feet in the tree, letting us know that this is her kill. She stares right into the camera, showing off her elegant markings. Leopards often hunt from trees, using their stealthy hiding place to pounce on animals below. Leopards often store their kills in trees, out of the reach of lions and hyenas. This requires great power, but is not a problem for leopards - they are renowned for their strength and can haul a carcass of at least their own weight up the vertical trunk of a tree.
This picture was taken in the Sabi Sand Reserve. The Sabi Sand Reserve is the birthplace of sustainable wildlife tourism in Southern Africa, and is the oldest of all the private reserves in South Africa. Forever, it has been a wilderness area and home to a vast wildlife population. The name comes from the Sabie and Sand Rivers that flow through the reserve. Situated near to the Kruger Gate, the reserve shares a common 30+ mile unfenced boundary with the Kruger National Park to the east.
The two rivers supply the game reserve with a valuable water source. The Sand River flows through the reserve for 31 miles and the Sabie River flows on the southern boundary. The sustenance of these rivers ensures that this area enjoys one of the highest and most bio-diverse wildlife populations of any area in Africa. Over two hundred different species live in abundance, as the ever changing bird life provides even the most experienced ornithologist with rare finds. Such is the environment that the wildlife, save for the migratory birds, remain in their territories all year round.
The Sabi Sands Game Reserve, with its legendary leopard viewing is the best known of the game reserves in the Kruger National Park area.