Nkateko leopardess makes an appearance

By Patrick O’Brien on August 18, 2009

It has been more than 4 weeks since I saw little Nkateko during a drive.

This little leopardess that is almost 2 years old is showing all the necessary aptitude of becoming a skilled hunter.

Morné and tracker Selby found her late during game drive resting in a tree. I was lucky enough to have her at the end which spark a sequence of shots of her up and down trees using them as advantage points to hunt.
Nkateko leopardess by Patrick O‘Brien head guide
Nkateko leopardess at sunset by Patrick O‘Brien head guide

9 thoughts on “Nkateko leopardess makes an appearance

  1. Hi Patrick,

    I love how you captured the colorful sunset/sky as a backdrop . . . a true work of art.

    What a way to wind up the day, no?



  2. Hi Patrick, fantastic pics !! oh how she has grown to become such a stunningly beautiful animal…I have pics of her from my visit in Feb 2009….in a tree with her mother, feeding on their catch…with hyena drooling below while waiting for tidbits to fall, surrounding our LandRover !!

    Thanks for keeping our memories alive, with up-to-date pics and info on the animals we "met" on our visits.

    ps…I bet you were a bit worried when you had not seen her for so many weeks….

    Stay well, stay safe.


  3. Nkateko has certainly grown into a gorgeous young leopardess. She looks a far cry form the playful, timid cub we met. It is wonderful to see!

    P.S. Hi Moira.

  4. We were able to witness her in one tree while her mother was in another "next door". It’s wonderful to know that she is doing so well!

  5. Thank you for sharing these fantastic photos of Nkateko. She seems to have grown quite a bit in the last month, since I had the opprtuniutiy to view her in the bush. I recall we saw her at sunset, as well. Her expression is captivating.

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