Big 5s

Neville Ngomane

Photographer

“My favourite animal to photograph is the leopard. They are amazing animals and really beautiful. It’s incredible to watch how it hunts and how it lives. They are skilled climbers, and like to rest in the branches of trees during the day. They are strong beasts, too, and can carry their heavy prey up into the trees so that pesky scavengers, such as hyenas, don’t steal their meal.

When it comes to hunting for food, these big cats know their stuff. When a leopard spots a potential meal, it approaches with legs bent and head low, so as not to be seen. It then stalks its prey carefully and quietly, until it’s five to ten metres within range. Then, they pounce. The leopard dashes forward and takes down its victim with a bite to the throat or neck. Small prey, such as small birds or mice, will receive a fatal blow from the feline’s paw.

They are a challenge to photograph because they are very secretive and most active at night. Sometimes, you can find them resting in the trees during the day but they are difficult to see. At dawn and sundown, you can find them hunting but they move easily through difficult bush and are hard to follow. It’s hard to get a good picture of them.”

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Photo by Neville Ngomane

My Big 5

    Leopard
    Elephant
    Lions
    Hippos
    Giraffe

Neville Ngomane

Photographer

“My favourite animal to photograph is the leopard. They are amazing animals and really beautiful. It’s incredible to watch how it hunts and how it lives. They are skilled climbers, and like to rest in the branches of trees during the day. They are strong beasts, too, and can carry their heavy prey up into the trees so that pesky scavengers, such as hyenas, don’t steal their meal.

When it comes to hunting for food, these big cats know their stuff. When a leopard spots a potential meal, it approaches with legs bent and head low, so as not to be seen. It then stalks its prey carefully and quietly, until it’s five to ten metres within range. Then, they pounce. The leopard dashes forward and takes down its victim with a bite to the throat or neck. Small prey, such as small birds or mice, will receive a fatal blow from the feline’s paw.

They are a challenge to photograph because they are very secretive and most active at night. Sometimes, you can find them resting in the trees during the day but they are difficult to see. At dawn and sundown, you can find them hunting but they move easily through difficult bush and are hard to follow. It’s hard to get a good picture of them.”

Photo by Neville Ngomane

My Big 5

    Leopard
    Elephant
    Lions
    Hippos
    Giraffe

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