Catfight At Seba Camp

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While at Seba Camp, photographer Caroline Culbert witnesses the ultimate sequence of amazing leopard sightings…

Cat Spat At Seba

We headed out from Seba Camp on our first afternoon activity. At just five minutes out we had barely had time to look at a herd of kudu when we came across two leopards ‘swopping phone numbers’…

It was a spat between a young female leopard (who had killed an impala) and her mother (the female seen most recently with a baby cub). The tussle gave us many amazing insights into leopard family interaction, confrontations and chases.

Cat Spat At Seba

Once a leopard’s cubs are independent (and sometimes not even then), the mother will force them into the wild to fend for themselves as they become competition in her territory.

Cat Spat At Seba

In the meantime, hyaena had taken the kill in the night and were still active around the site early the following morning, prowling excitedly around the young female who had dragged a few morsels up a tree. She simply ignored them and eventually they moved off.

Later that morning we were heading back to camp and to our surprise… the show was still on the go! Fellow guests Tania and her son Ethan caught an impressive sighting of a big male leopard (the young female’s father) slinking off the site of the kill.

Leopard at Seba Camp

Meanwhile, Seba guide Speedy and I had found the mother – calling and looking around the bush for her baby cub. Next thing Tania and Ethan spotted the little one emerging from a termite mound directly under the kill site! Mom collected her and together they crossed the floodplain leaving us behind as they disappearing onto the next tree island.

Mum and cub leopard at Seba Camp

As you can imagine, this amazing sequence of events had us agog for the rest of our stay! 

See more pics from this amazing safari at Seba from guide Speedy here.

Words and pictures: Caroline Culbert

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By Caroline Culbert

Caroline is the Image and Video Coordinator for Wilderness Safaris. In this capacity Caroline is tremendously inspired by amazing wildlife photography on a daily basis, while working with the Wilderness Creative Resource Team has taken her own photographic interests to new heights. "I have been generously encouraged by the talented team of copywriters, web and graphic designers and professional photographers with whom I work. I feel privileged to have been able to visit some of the most pristine wildlife areas in the Wilderness Safaris portfolio." Caroline's recent travels have taken her to the Arctic, exploring polar bear territory from Svalbard, and wild gorilla and primate tracking in Central Africa. Her other passions experienced in rather different climates include a love for snow skiing in the Alps.

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