A female leopard, as wild as they come in the greater Kruger National Park, surprised and Amazed us all at the lodge that I was managing, when she decided to use the cave, created by a raised deck of one of the Guest Suites as a suitable den site for her cub.

I had to close the room for a period of 3 weeks while mom kept her fur ball there, and was waiting for her to relocate the cub, so that I could board up the gap through which she sent the cub.

This needed doing, as the female was a threat to staff and guests alike, often walking through the lodge 2 to 3 times a day to get to her cub.

She eventually did move the cub, and did not return again to the lodge grounds with her cub.

I took this image one day, holding a torch, peering through a brick sized gap in the pole structure that closed off the deck from the outside wild world.

It is such a privilege to have a wild leopard, trust mankind so explicitly, that she would choose our man made environment as a safe haven for her vulnerable cub.

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