Intimate photos of a leopard mother and her cubs
Leopard mothers with young cubs are notoriously elusive, but one female in a quiet corner of Botswana has allowed wildlife photographer Suzi Eszterhas a privileged view into family life. Leopards, it seems, can change their spots.
About the photographer
Suzi Eszterhas is an acclaimed photographer with several awards to her name, including both Environmental and Wildlife Photographer of the Year. Best known for documenting young animals and family life in the wild, her work has been featured in over 100 publications including National Geographic Kids, TIME and Smithsonian.
Having lived in an African bush camp for three years, Eszterhas has had extraordinary experiences during her time in the wilderness; she’s swum with sloths, been chased by a green mamba and has had to fend off bears and hyenas. She has captured wildlife images on all seven continents, recording intimate moments of natural beauty.
Despite spending many years photographing big cats, Eszterhas had always been eluded by leopards. Then she met an individual known as Camp Female, at Tubu Tree in Botswana's Jao Reserve. "The animals here live in a haven, protected from poachers, vehicle crowding and harassment," she says.
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This gallery originally appeared in BBC Wildlife Magazine. Take a look inside the current issue and find out how to subscribe.