Trevor Lowthers

Camera: nikon d500

Lens: nikkor af-p dx 10-20 f4.5-5.6

Aperture: f5.6

Shutter speed: 1/320

ISO: 100

Description: Up close and personal with Jilime - a special leopard!

Story from behind the lens: Jilime is the two year old daughter of Luluka. I had the pleasure of watching her one morning in a action packed sequence of events that i will never forget. Fist she hunted down and killed a mongoose. She lost her prize to a duo of hyenas that chased her up a nearby tree. To our surprise, they took off without her meal. She eventually came out of the tree collected her morsel and went into another tree to enjoy her lunch. We followed suit and went to another area within sight of her tree and had a small meal and discussed what a beautiful siting it had been. There were few vehicles left and Jilime remained invisible enjoying her lunch. After an hour we drove close to her tree and turned off the vehicle. She popped out of the tree and came and sat down within inches of us without a care in the world. She played with the tail of the mongoose and posed for some pictures. Shooting a leopard wide angle is rare air and i will never forget the experience of having her all to myself. Intimate experiences still exist in nature.