Big 5s

Peter Knights

CEO, WildAid

“I love leopards. They’re totally beautiful. Leopards, to me, are like the supreme animal. They don’t have the advantage of a lion pride; they’re on their own. They’re super-strong, super-agile, super-fast. They’re like the Ferrari of the wildlife world.

I love photographing leopards, although they’re not easy to get photos of. You’re lucky if you see a leopard on safari. They’re elusive. I’ve had one nearly come through our safari vehicle one time. It stopped and I thought it was going to climb into the vehicle.

They’re just gorgeous animals. I’m always excited when I see them.

Leopards are very interesting. They can be all over the place without people knowing they’re there. They’re able to live quite close to human beings. What we’re finding with human-wildlife conflict is that people always blame the lions, because they can see the lions, but sometimes it the leopard doing predation, but people don’t realise they’re nearby. They have this ability to coexist quite close to humans, without people knowing they’re there.

They are under pressure. Leopards sometimes get hunted by locals if they take goats. They’re also under threat for their bones or for their beautiful coats. Leopard skin is also still used sometimes in some traditional African customs – the chief might have leopard skin.”

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Photo by Andrew Wegst / WildAid

My Big 5

    Leopard
    Elephant
    Gorilla
    Lion
    Monitor Lizard

Peter Knights

CEO, WildAid

“I love leopards. They’re totally beautiful. Leopards, to me, are like the supreme animal. They don’t have the advantage of a lion pride; they’re on their own. They’re super-strong, super-agile, super-fast. They’re like the Ferrari of the wildlife world.

I love photographing leopards, although they’re not easy to get photos of. You’re lucky if you see a leopard on safari. They’re elusive. I’ve had one nearly come through our safari vehicle one time. It stopped and I thought it was going to climb into the vehicle.

They’re just gorgeous animals. I’m always excited when I see them.

Leopards are very interesting. They can be all over the place without people knowing they’re there. They’re able to live quite close to human beings. What we’re finding with human-wildlife conflict is that people always blame the lions, because they can see the lions, but sometimes it the leopard doing predation, but people don’t realise they’re nearby. They have this ability to coexist quite close to humans, without people knowing they’re there.

They are under pressure. Leopards sometimes get hunted by locals if they take goats. They’re also under threat for their bones or for their beautiful coats. Leopard skin is also still used sometimes in some traditional African customs – the chief might have leopard skin.”

Photo by Andrew Wegst / WildAid

My Big 5

    Leopard
    Elephant
    Gorilla
    Lion
    Monitor Lizard

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