Tuesday, 30 October 2012
Part Of The Big 5
The leopard is one of the official Big 5 (along with the elephant, buffalo, lion and rhino). More than this, it is an exquisite wild cat, an accomplished hunter and mysterious for its elusiveness. It is the smallest of all the wild cats and certainly one of the most beautiful. However, because it is a naturally shy animal, avoiding contact with humans, it is sometimes difficult to find within its natural habitat.
In South Africa, leopards can be found in a number of reserves, parks and wildlife facilities. The Kruger National Park is a good option for travellers wanting to see leopards, as well as a number of other awesome wildlife species. Still, Kruger is an enormous park with plenty of hiding places for leopards. So, visitors may search for hours, even days, to find one of these cats. This means that visitors need plenty of time here. Therefore, a smaller park, with less room or a higher concentration of animals per square kilometres, may yield better results.
For even more of a guarantee, consider visiting a rehabilitation facility (such as the Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre near the Drakensberg Mountains or the Leopard and Predator Project, which has a number of projects around South Africa). Continued