Leopard killing an African Wildcat in Botswana

They’re not called ‘elusive leopards’ for nothing. It’s a privilege and rarity to view these spectacular big cats in their natural environment, let alone watch them making a kill. What makes this sequence of images even more unique is that our Botswana monitoring team found a leopard, which then stalked and killed an African wildcat.

Adam Crawford, a student from the United States, managed to capture these dramatic images of a leopard killing an African wildcat on a recent trip to Botswana with Wildlife ACT. The sighting occurred while Adam and our monitoring team, Dr Simon Morgan and Robyn Hartley,  were driving to our camp on the Khwai Concession in the Okavango Delta. Wildlife ACT has recently taken over the Tsau Research and Monitoring camp and launched the Okavango Wildlife Monitoring project on the concession.

Leopard killing an African Wildcat

leopard killing wildcat botswana Wildlife ACT Adam Crawford

leopard killing wildcat botswana Wildlife ACT Adam Crawford

leopard killing wildcat botswana Wildlife ACT Adam Crawford

leopard killing wildcat botswana Wildlife ACT Adam Crawford

leopard killing wildcat botswana Wildlife ACT Adam Crawford

leopard killing wildcat botswana Wildlife ACT Adam Crawford

Adam not only managed to get these rare images but also captured valuable identikit photos of the leopard, although sad to see the death of a very cryptic and rare small field species.

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You can now join the first wildlife monitoring team in Botswana’s Okavango Delta, a destination teeming with wildlife and over 400 bird species. Visiting the Okavango Delta is life-changing experience as it’s one of the most sought after wilderness destinations in the world.

Students now have the opportunity to gain valuable conservation experience by joining Wildlife ACT’s monitoring team situated in the Okavango Delta, one of the world’s largest inland delta’s and most recently inaugurated the 1000th World Heritage Site.

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