Jamie Hopf

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A Tale of Two Predators; Part I; The Cheetah

Published March 26th, 2013

On our very first morning drive of our first ever safari in Botswana, we set out with an amazing tracker, a lifelong bushman. I am passionate abut all things animals and all things wildlife so I was thrilled "just" to see a herd of impala. Our guide spotted cheetah tracks and over the course of 25 minutes and signs only he could read, we tracked and came upon this male cheetah. We watched him as hunted, missed, hunted again, recovered from the exhaustion of two sprints in less than 10 minutes and finally make his kill. The kill was a hard thing for me to watch, even though it's a natural process. While we observed the cheetah with his kill, our guide spied a leopard about 1/2 mile away. She caught a scent of the kill and started towards us...

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