Striding in sync. This shot was captured while @DereckJoubert
and I were filming “Eye of the Leopard”, and it epitomises the special relationship these cats shared. Two leopards – one a doting mom, the other an exuberant cub – walking together, their paws mirrored in perfect unison. We first came across this cub in the wilds of Botswana’s magnificent Mombo region when she was just eight days old and named her Legadema – light of the sky. Over the next four years, we spent countless hours with her, gaining an unprecedented glimpse into the life of a wild leopard as we documented her journey from hapless cub to formidable predator.
The experience was life-changing and marked the start of our own journey devoted to the conservation of leopards and other big cats. Alongside @NatGeo
and the @GreatPlainsFoundation
, we started the Big Cats Initiative – a project that has funded more than 150 conservation projects in 28 countries in the last decade.
Habitat loss, overhunting, the illegal wildlife trade and other conflicts with humans all pose significant threats to Africa's big cats, but focused conservation eﬀorts can turn that around. If we work together, cats like Legadema will be striding into a much more promising future.
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