A Rare Intimate Sighting of the Kaboso Leopard with her Cub in the Maasai Mara
The Maasai Mara National Reserve is rich in wildlife. Watered by the Mara River, the reserve has a thriving savannah ecosystem that supports the well-being of flora and fauna. The lush grasslands near River Mara attract animals like Topi, zebras, impalas, elephants, giraffes, buffaloes, Thomson gazelles, warthogs, Carnivores like the spotted hyenas, side-striped jackals, lions, cheetahs, and leopards prey on the grazers and browsers.
Tracking leopards in the Kenyan savannah is a challenging but fulfilling experience. Leopards form part of The Big Five animals in Africa. In the Mara, photographers with previous experience in leopard tracking help find the most elusive leopards. Numerous leopard sightings have occurred on the Ngiatiak side of the Double Crossing, Talek River area, Ngorbop riverbed, and the Olare Orok River Crossing.
The Kaboso leopard, also Saba, is a renowned female leopard in the Mara Plains. Saba has a healthy appetite for tender meat. She has been recently spotted hunting topi calves and impalas close to the Olare Orok River Crossing. The Kaboso leopard is a mother to a young cub. She has another older female daughter that is commonly sighted on the Ngorbop riverbed.
Mara Plains are known for their affluence in the Big Cats. Catching a close-up view of leopards is one of the most rewarding moments for photographers. Fierce but with a generous splash of affection, leopards can be quite charming animals.