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Leopard (Panthera pardus) young female exploring its territory and meeting a Crocodile of the Nile (Crocodylus niloticus) on the Mara riverbank, Masai Mara, Kenya

© Patrick Kientz / Biosphoto

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Shooting date : 2016-08-27

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A young female leopard, 1 years old, exploring its territory. It's going along the bank on the River Mara, and going out of the bush, it's running into a Nile crocodile lying on a rock, with its maw opened. Instead of fleeing, it comes nearer of this still animal with its eyes well opened. It comes nearer, turns around, sits next to it and only a little movement would let it react and yowl. The leopard went down to drink very next to the crocodile and even went close to its opened maw! For around 10 minutes the crocodile could have caught the leopard with its springiness. None of the Maasaï people to whom I showed this picture had already seen such a situation.

Keywords

Animal / Wild animal / Mammal / Carnivoran / Feline / Wildcat / Big cat / Leopard (Panthera pardus)

Animal / Wild animal / Reptile / Crocodile / Nile Crocodile (Crocodylus niloticus)

August

Species / IUCN Red List of Threatened Species / Low Risk (IUCN) LR / Least Concern (IUCN) LC

Species / Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) / CITES Appendix 2

Species / Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) / CITES Appendix 1

Environment / Biodiversity management / Environment management / Environment protection / National park

Species / IUCN Red List of Threatened Species / Threatened endangered species / Vulnerable (IUCN) VU

Area / Freshwater wetland area / Bank (rive)

Enumeration / Pair

Behavior / Curiosity

Environment / Biodiversity management / Environment management / Environment protection / Natural Reserve

Africa / East Africa / Kenya / Rift Valley Province / Masai Mara National Reserve

Observe

Shot / Overview

Rest

Species / Relation between species / Predation / Predator

Individual / Stage of development / Young

Individual / Stage of development / Adult

Latin keywords

Eukaryota / Opisthokonta / Metazoa / Bilateria / Coelomata / Deuterostomia / Chordata / Vertebrata / Tetrapoda / Reptilia / Lepidosauria / Crocodylia / Crocodylidae / Crocodylinae / Crocodylus

Eukaryota / Opisthokonta / Metazoa / Bilateria / Coelomata / Deuterostomia / Chordata / Vertebrata / Synapsida / Therapsida / Mammalia / Carnivora / Felidae / Panthera

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