21st Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Creature of the shadows

As often happens in the Maasai Mara, this leopard was surrounded by vehicles when we first saw her, lying, seemingly unperturbed, under a bush. One by one the vehicles disappeared until there were only two of us left. Only then did she start to move.

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Date Taken: 11.2022
Date Uploaded: 11.2023
Photo Location: Kenya
Copyright: © Alan Smith