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Fervent Stare

Country: Botswana                                            
Location: Okavango Delta               
Reserve: Moremi Game Reserve 
Camp: Mombo Camp

Fervent Stare

This picture shows a majestic female leopard up very close in a fervent stare. Surrounded by the sausage tree's hues of green and sapphire, those sparkling, golden, jewel-like eyes bore a hole right through the observer.  Her name is Legadema. Legadema's life story became the National Geographic Emmy winning documentary, "Eye of The Leopard".

This picture was taken in the Moremi Game Reserve in the Okavango Delta.  The Okavango Delta is rightly considered one of the most incredible wildlife and wilderness sanctuaries in Africa.  It is the largest inland delta system in the world, an area of about 6000 square miles making a mosaic of grasslands, floodplains, palm-tree islets, forests, lily lagoons and winding water channels combine to form a perfectly constructed puzzle, in which animals wander as they please.  What makes this area most remarkable is that it is a wetland paradise located deep within the arid Kalahari Desert.   The Okavango is Africa's largest and most beautiful oasis. The water of the Okavango literally floats on a saturated sea of sand.
The heart of the Okavango is the Moremi Game Reserve. Mombo Camp - renowned for having what is arguably the best big game viewing in Botswana - lies in the Moremi Reserve on the northern tip of Chief's Island, the largest landmass in the Okavango Delta.

Multiple Emmy Award winners Dereck and Beverly Joubert followed Legadema, from 3 days old, over several years.  Legadema's life story became the National Geographic Emmy winning documentary, "Eye of The Leopard". 

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