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While tracking a familiar wild leopard with a newborn male cub at Botswana's Tubu Tree Camp our photographer Suzi witnessed a remarkable situation. Suzi had photographed this same female leopard, successfully raising her previous litter of cubs. The big cat considers the safari camp part of her territory and is well acclimated to human activity. If fact, the leopard treats the lodge boardwalks as her personal pathways and the pool as her water bowl!

Young leopard cubs are frequently left alone while their mothers hunt for food, leaving them vulnerable to predatory lions. Stashing young cubs safely is a tough and never ending job. The leopard's familiarity with the camp, combined with instinct, sparked an idea. The cub would be safe INSIDE the lodge for a little while and her instinct was correct. Tucked away in a dark den-like spot behind the sink, the tiny cub was secure until mom returned. Shortly afterward the mother leopard collected her young offspring and carried him to the next and more typical den- a deep crevice in a tall tree.

As Suzi remarks "I feel blessed that I was able witness such a special event. For an animal to feel so safe around people that she would move her cub to camp, in the bathroom no less – is extraordinary and unheard of. Every day we are bombarded with tragic news about wildlife all over the world, this experience was truly a ray of light."
Yunnan Snub-nosed Monkey (Rhinopithecus bieti) family huddling together for warmth, Baima Snow Mountain, Yunnan, China  -  Xi Zhinong
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00444315 Yunnan Snub-nosed Monkey (Rhinopithecus bieti) family huddling together for warmth, Baima Snow Mountain, Yunnan, China© Xi Zhinong
Yak (Bos grunniens mutus) portrait of large adult, Tibet  -  Xi Zhinong
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00610027 Yak (Bos grunniens mutus) portrait of large adult, Tibet© Xi Zhinong
Golden Snub-nosed Monkey (Rhinopithecus roxellana) mother holding baby to keep warm, Qinling Mountain, Shaanxi Province, China  -  Xi Zhinong
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00444250 Golden Snub-nosed Monkey (Rhinopithecus roxellana) mother holding baby to keep warm, Qinling Mountain, Shaanxi Province, China© Xi Zhinong
Przewalski's Gazelle (Procapra przewalskii) running on grassy, snow covered ground with mountains in the background, near Qinghai Lake, Qinghai Province, China  -  Xi Zhinong
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00610020 Przewalski's Gazelle (Procapra przewalskii) running on grassy, snow covered ground with mountains in the background, near Qinghai Lake, Qinghai Province, China© Xi Zhinong
Yunnan Snub-nosed Monkey (Rhinopithecus bieti) feeding on lichen, Baima Snow Mountain, Yunnan, China  -  Xi Zhinong
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00444312 Yunnan Snub-nosed Monkey (Rhinopithecus bieti) feeding on lichen, Baima Snow Mountain, Yunnan, China© Xi Zhinong
Chiru (Pantholops hodgsonii) three females grazing, Kekexili, Qinghai Province, China  -  Xi Zhinong
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00610034 Chiru (Pantholops hodgsonii) three females grazing, Kekexili, Qinghai Province, China© Xi Zhinong
Takin (Budorcas taxicolor) family group grazing, Qinling Mountains, Shaanxi, China  -  Xi Zhinong
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00610063 Takin (Budorcas taxicolor) family group grazing, Qinling Mountains, Shaanxi, China© Xi Zhinong
Takin (Budorcas taxicolor) adult portrait, Qinling Mountains, Shaanxi, China  -  Xi Zhinong
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00610050 Takin (Budorcas taxicolor) adult portrait, Qinling Mountains, Shaanxi, China© Xi Zhinong
Yunnan Snub-nosed Monkey (Rhinopithecus bieti) holding lichen, Baima Snow Mountain, Yunnan, China  -  Xi Zhinong
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00444316 Yunnan Snub-nosed Monkey (Rhinopithecus bieti) holding lichen, Baima Snow Mountain, Yunnan, China© Xi Zhinong
Yunnan Snub-nosed Monkey (Rhinopithecus bieti) family huddling together for warmth, Baima Snow Mountain, Yunnan, China  -  Xi Zhinong
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00444319 Yunnan Snub-nosed Monkey (Rhinopithecus bieti) family huddling together for warmth, Baima Snow Mountain, Yunnan, China© Xi Zhinong
Yunnan Snub-nosed Monkey (Rhinopithecus bieti) pair grooming, Baima Snow Mountain, Yunnan, China  -  Xi Zhinong
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00444324 Yunnan Snub-nosed Monkey (Rhinopithecus bieti) pair grooming, Baima Snow Mountain, Yunnan, China© Xi Zhinong
Yunnan Snub-nosed Monkey (Rhinopithecus bieti) family, Baima Snow Mountain, Yunnan, China  -  Xi Zhinong
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00444326 Yunnan Snub-nosed Monkey (Rhinopithecus bieti) family, Baima Snow Mountain, Yunnan, China© Xi Zhinong
Yunnan Snub-nosed Monkey (Rhinopithecus bieti) feeding on lichen, Baima Snow Mountain, Yunnan, China  -  Xi Zhinong
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00444329 Yunnan Snub-nosed Monkey (Rhinopithecus bieti) feeding on lichen, Baima Snow Mountain, Yunnan, China© Xi Zhinong
Yunnan Snub-nosed Monkey (Rhinopithecus bieti) in tree, Weixi County, Yunnan Province, China  -  Xi Zhinong
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00610070 Yunnan Snub-nosed Monkey (Rhinopithecus bieti) in tree, Weixi County, Yunnan Province, China© Xi Zhinong
Yunnan Snub-nosed Monkey (Rhinopithecus bieti) feeding on bark, Baima Snow Mountain, Yunnan, China  -  Xi Zhinong
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00444335 Yunnan Snub-nosed Monkey (Rhinopithecus bieti) feeding on bark, Baima Snow Mountain, Yunnan, China© Xi Zhinong
Yunnan Snub-nosed Monkey (Rhinopithecus bieti) feeding on young leaves, Baima Snow Mountain, Yunnan, China  -  Xi Zhinong
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00444338 Yunnan Snub-nosed Monkey (Rhinopithecus bieti) feeding on young leaves, Baima Snow Mountain, Yunnan, China© Xi Zhinong
Tonkin Snub-nosed Monkey (Rhinopithecus avunculus) pair finding shelter from rain, Ha Giang, Vietnam  -  Xi Zhinong
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00444343 Tonkin Snub-nosed Monkey (Rhinopithecus avunculus) pair finding shelter from rain, Ha Giang, Vietnam© Xi Zhinong
Takin (Budorcas taxicolor) family group grazing, Qinling Mountains, Shaanxi, China  -  Xi Zhinong
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00610062 Takin (Budorcas taxicolor) family group grazing, Qinling Mountains, Shaanxi, China© Xi Zhinong
Tonkin Snub-nosed Monkey (Rhinopithecus avunculus) mature male, Ha Giang, Vietnam  -  Xi Zhinong
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00444353 Tonkin Snub-nosed Monkey (Rhinopithecus avunculus) mature male, Ha Giang, Vietnam© Xi Zhinong
Yunnan Snub-nosed Monkey (Rhinopithecus bieti) in tree, Baima Snow Mountain, Yunnan, China  -  Xi Zhinong
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00444358 Yunnan Snub-nosed Monkey (Rhinopithecus bieti) in tree, Baima Snow Mountain, Yunnan, China© Xi Zhinong
Yunnan Snub-nosed Monkey (Rhinopithecus bieti) climbing tree, Baima Snow Mountain, Yunnan, China  -  Xi Zhinong
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00444357 Yunnan Snub-nosed Monkey (Rhinopithecus bieti) climbing tree, Baima Snow Mountain, Yunnan, China© Xi Zhinong
Yunnan Snub-nosed Monkey (Rhinopithecus bieti) babies playing, Baima Snow Mountain, Yunnan, China  -  Xi Zhinong
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00444359 Yunnan Snub-nosed Monkey (Rhinopithecus bieti) babies playing, Baima Snow Mountain, Yunnan, China© Xi Zhinong
Yunnan Snub-nosed Monkey (Rhinopithecus bieti) mother grooming her baby, Baima Snow Mountain, Yunnan, China  -  Xi Zhinong
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00444361 Yunnan Snub-nosed Monkey (Rhinopithecus bieti) mother grooming her baby, Baima Snow Mountain, Yunnan, China© Xi Zhinong
Chiru (Pantholops hodgsonii) newborn calf on the ground, Kekexili, Qinghai Province, China  -  Xi Zhinong
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00610030 Chiru (Pantholops hodgsonii) newborn calf on the ground, Kekexili, Qinghai Province, China© Xi Zhinong
Chiru (Pantholops hodgsonii) small herd of four females walking across barren plain with mountains behind, Ari, Tibet  -  Xi Zhinong
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00610035 Chiru (Pantholops hodgsonii) small herd of four females walking across barren plain with mountains behind, Ari, Tibet© Xi Zhinong
Chiru (Pantholops hodgsonii) young male, Kekexili, Qinghai Province, China  -  Xi Zhinong
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00610039 Chiru (Pantholops hodgsonii) young male, Kekexili, Qinghai Province, China© Xi Zhinong
Tibetan Wild Ass (Equus hemionus kiang) herd standing alert on grassy plain, Kekexili, Qinghai Province, China  -  Xi Zhinong
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00610040 Tibetan Wild Ass (Equus hemionus kiang) herd standing alert on grassy plain, Kekexili, Qinghai Province, China© Xi Zhinong
Tibetan Wild Ass (Equus hemionus kiang) three walking on grassy plain, Kekexili, Qinghai Province, China  -  Xi Zhinong
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00610043 Tibetan Wild Ass (Equus hemionus kiang) three walking on grassy plain, Kekexili, Qinghai Province, China© Xi Zhinong
Tibetan Wild Ass (Equus hemionus kiang) herd running across Tibetan Plateau, Qinghai, China  -  Xi Zhinong
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00610047 Tibetan Wild Ass (Equus hemionus kiang) herd running across Tibetan Plateau, Qinghai, China© Xi Zhinong
Takin (Budorcas taxicolor) adult standing on rocky ground, Qinling Mountains, Shaanxi, China  -  Xi Zhinong
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00610052 Takin (Budorcas taxicolor) adult standing on rocky ground, Qinling Mountains, Shaanxi, China© Xi Zhinong
Takin (Budorcas taxicolor) adult portrait, Qinling Mountains, Shaanxi, China  -  Xi Zhinong
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00610051 Takin (Budorcas taxicolor) adult portrait, Qinling Mountains, Shaanxi, China© Xi Zhinong
Yunnan Snub-nosed Monkey (Rhinopithecus bieti) feeding on bark, Baima Snow Mountain, Yunnan, China  -  Xi Zhinong
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00444334 Yunnan Snub-nosed Monkey (Rhinopithecus bieti) feeding on bark, Baima Snow Mountain, Yunnan, China© Xi Zhinong
Logged forest in the habitat osf the Yunnan Snub-nosed Monkey (Rhinopithecus bieti), Deqin, Yunnan Province, China  -  Xi Zhinong
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00610054 Logged forest in the habitat osf the Yunnan Snub-nosed Monkey (Rhinopithecus bieti), Deqin, Yunnan Province, China© Xi Zhinong
Golden Snub-nosed Monkey (Rhinopithecus roxellana) female on the snow covered ground, Qinling Mountain, Shaanxi Province, China  -  Xi Zhinong
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00444272 Golden Snub-nosed Monkey (Rhinopithecus roxellana) female on the snow covered ground, Qinling Mountain, Shaanxi Province, China© Xi Zhinong
Yunnan Snub-nosed Monkey (Rhinopithecus bieti) juvenile in tree, Weixi County, Yunnan Province, China  -  Xi Zhinong
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00610068 Yunnan Snub-nosed Monkey (Rhinopithecus bieti) juvenile in tree, Weixi County, Yunnan Province, China© Xi Zhinong
Yunnan Snub-nosed Monkey (Rhinopithecus bieti) adult feeding in tree, Weixi County, Yunnan Province, China  -  Xi Zhinong
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00610071 Yunnan Snub-nosed Monkey (Rhinopithecus bieti) adult feeding in tree, Weixi County, Yunnan Province, China© Xi Zhinong
Tonkin Snub-nosed Monkey (Rhinopithecus avunculus) family in trees, Ha Giang, Vietnam  -  Xi Zhinong
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00444346 Tonkin Snub-nosed Monkey (Rhinopithecus avunculus) family in trees, Ha Giang, Vietnam© Xi Zhinong
Golden Snub-nosed Monkey (Rhinopithecus roxellana) group searching for corn seeds, Qinling Mountain, Shaanxi Province, China  -  Xi Zhinong
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00444248 Golden Snub-nosed Monkey (Rhinopithecus roxellana) group searching for corn seeds, Qinling Mountain, Shaanxi Province, China© Xi Zhinong
White-tailed Eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla) portrait, Germany  -  Xi Zhinong
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00610000 White-tailed Eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla) portrait, Germany© Xi Zhinong
Golden Snub-nosed Monkey (Rhinopithecus roxellana) female with baby, Yunnan, China  -  Xi Zhinong/ npl
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00411983 Golden Snub-nosed Monkey (Rhinopithecus roxellana) female with baby, Yunnan, China© Xi Zhinong/ npl
Timber Wolf (Canis lupus) adult standing on bare ground, looking back over its shoulder, Kekexili, Qinghai Province, China  -  Xi Zhinong
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00610025 Timber Wolf (Canis lupus) adult standing on bare ground, looking back over its shoulder, Kekexili, Qinghai Province, China© Xi Zhinong
Logged forest in the habitat osf the Yunnan Snub-nosed Monkey (Rhinopithecus bieti), Deqin, Yunnan Province, China  -  Xi Zhinong
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00610056 Logged forest in the habitat osf the Yunnan Snub-nosed Monkey (Rhinopithecus bieti), Deqin, Yunnan Province, China© Xi Zhinong
Tiger (Panthera tigris) confiscated skins from Yunnan-Burma border, Yunnan Province, China  -  Xi Zhinong
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00610016 Tiger (Panthera tigris) confiscated skins from Yunnan-Burma border, Yunnan Province, China© Xi Zhinong
Songzanlin Monastery, also called Guihua Monastery, the largest Tibetan Buddhist Monastery in Yunnan Province, China  -  Xi Zhinong
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00610015 Songzanlin Monastery, also called Guihua Monastery, the largest Tibetan Buddhist Monastery in Yunnan Province, China© Xi Zhinong
Red-crowned Crane (Grus japonensis) adult flying, Heilongjiang Province, China  -  Xi Zhinong
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00610013 Red-crowned Crane (Grus japonensis) adult flying, Heilongjiang Province, China© Xi Zhinong
Yak (Bos grunniens mutus) front view of large adult, Tibet  -  Xi Zhinong
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00610028 Yak (Bos grunniens mutus) front view of large adult, Tibet© Xi Zhinong
Tibetan Wild Ass (Equus hemionus kiang) herd standing alert in snowy plain with mountains behind, Asia  -  Xi Zhinong
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00610046 Tibetan Wild Ass (Equus hemionus kiang) herd standing alert in snowy plain with mountains behind, Asia© Xi Zhinong
Tibetan village and agricultural fields in Yunnan Snub-nosed Monkey (Rhinopithecus bieti) habitat, Tibet  -  Xi Zhinong
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00610059 Tibetan village and agricultural fields in Yunnan Snub-nosed Monkey (Rhinopithecus bieti) habitat, Tibet© Xi Zhinong
Blood Pheasant (Ithaginis cruentus) perched in tree, Qinling Mountains, Shaanxi, China  -  Xi Zhinong
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00610061 Blood Pheasant (Ithaginis cruentus) perched in tree, Qinling Mountains, Shaanxi, China© Xi Zhinong
Leopard (Panthera pardus) mother carrying one-week-old cub, Jao Reserve, Botswana
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00641789 Leopard (Panthera pardus) mother carrying one-week-old cub, Jao Reserve, Botswana© Suzi Eszterhas
Leopard (Panthera pardus) mother carrying ten-day-old cub, Jao Reserve, Botswana
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00641790 Leopard (Panthera pardus) mother carrying ten-day-old cub, Jao Reserve, Botswana© Suzi Eszterhas
Leopard (Panthera pardus) mother carrying ten-day-old cub, Jao Reserve, Botswana
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00641791 Leopard (Panthera pardus) mother carrying ten-day-old cub, Jao Reserve, Botswana© Suzi Eszterhas
Leopard (Panthera pardus) mother and four week old cub, Jao Reserve, Botswana
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00641813 Leopard (Panthera pardus) mother and four week old cub, Jao Reserve, Botswana© Suzi Eszterhas
Leopard (Panthera pardus) mother carrying ten-day-old cub, Jao Reserve, Botswana
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00641792 Leopard (Panthera pardus) mother carrying ten-day-old cub, Jao Reserve, Botswana© Suzi Eszterhas
Leopard (Panthera pardus) mother carrying two-week-old cub, Jao Reserve, Botswana
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00641800 Leopard (Panthera pardus) mother carrying two-week-old cub, Jao Reserve, Botswana© Suzi Eszterhas
Leopard (Panthera pardus) mother carrying two-week-old cub, Jao Reserve, Botswana
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00641798 Leopard (Panthera pardus) mother carrying two-week-old cub, Jao Reserve, Botswana© Suzi Eszterhas
Leopard (Panthera pardus) mother carrying two-week-old cub, Jao Reserve, Botswana
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00641799 Leopard (Panthera pardus) mother carrying two-week-old cub, Jao Reserve, Botswana© Suzi Eszterhas
Leopard (Panthera pardus) female on boardwalk, Tubu Tree Camp, Jao Reserve, Botswana
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00641796 Leopard (Panthera pardus) female on boardwalk, Tubu Tree Camp, Jao Reserve, Botswana© Suzi Eszterhas
Bathroom at camp, Tubu Tree Camp, where leopard stashed her cub, Jao Reserve, Botswana
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00641795 Bathroom at camp, Tubu Tree Camp, where leopard stashed her cub, Jao Reserve, Botswana© Suzi Eszterhas
Bathroom at camp, Tubu Tree Camp, where leopard stashed her cub, Jao Reserve, Botswana
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00641807 Bathroom at camp, Tubu Tree Camp, where leopard stashed her cub, Jao Reserve, Botswana© Suzi Eszterhas
Leopard (Panthera pardus) mother carrying cub on boardwalk, Tubu Tree Camp, Jao Reserve, Botswana
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00641797 Leopard (Panthera pardus) mother carrying cub on boardwalk, Tubu Tree Camp, Jao Reserve, Botswana© Suzi Eszterhas
Bathroom at camp, Tubu Tree Camp, where leopard stashed her cub, Jao Reserve, Botswana
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00641808 Bathroom at camp, Tubu Tree Camp, where leopard stashed her cub, Jao Reserve, Botswana© Suzi Eszterhas
Leopard (Panthera pardus) two-week-old cub on floor of bathroom after mom stashed it there, Tubu Tree Camp, Jao Reserve, Botswana
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00641793 Leopard (Panthera pardus) two-week-old cub on floor of bathroom after mom stashed it there, Tubu Tree Camp, Jao Reserve, Botswana© Suzi Eszterhas
Leopard (Panthera pardus) two-week-old cub on floor of bathroom after mom stashed it there, Tubu Tree Camp, Jao Reserve, Botswana
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00641794 Leopard (Panthera pardus) two-week-old cub on floor of bathroom after mom stashed it there, Tubu Tree Camp, Jao Reserve, Botswana© Suzi Eszterhas
Leopard (Panthera pardus) four-week-old cub at den, Jao Reserve, Botswana
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00641812 Leopard (Panthera pardus) four-week-old cub at den, Jao Reserve, Botswana© Suzi Eszterhas
Leopard (Panthera pardus) three-week-old cub at den, Jao Reserve, Botswana
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00641810 Leopard (Panthera pardus) three-week-old cub at den, Jao Reserve, Botswana© Suzi Eszterhas
Leopard (Panthera pardus) three-week-old cub at den, Jao Reserve, Botswana
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00641811 Leopard (Panthera pardus) three-week-old cub at den, Jao Reserve, Botswana© Suzi Eszterhas
Leopard (Panthera pardus) female at den in tree, Jao Reserve, Botswana
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00641803 Leopard (Panthera pardus) female at den in tree, Jao Reserve, Botswana© Suzi Eszterhas
Leopard (Panthera pardus) female at den in tree, Jao Reserve, Botswana
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00641804 Leopard (Panthera pardus) female at den in tree, Jao Reserve, Botswana© Suzi Eszterhas
Leopard (Panthera pardus) female at den in tree, Jao Reserve, Botswana
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00641802 Leopard (Panthera pardus) female at den in tree, Jao Reserve, Botswana© Suzi Eszterhas
Leopard (Panthera pardus) female at den in tree, Jao Reserve, Botswana
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00641805 Leopard (Panthera pardus) female at den in tree, Jao Reserve, Botswana© Suzi Eszterhas
Leopard (Panthera pardus) female at den in tree, Jao Reserve, Botswana
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00641801 Leopard (Panthera pardus) female at den in tree, Jao Reserve, Botswana© Suzi Eszterhas
Leopard (Panthera pardus) female sleeping at den in tree, Jao Reserve, Botswana
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00641806 Leopard (Panthera pardus) female sleeping at den in tree, Jao Reserve, Botswana© Suzi Eszterhas
Leopard (Panthera pardus) female climbing to den in tree, Jao Reserve, Botswana
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00641809 Leopard (Panthera pardus) female climbing to den in tree, Jao Reserve, Botswana© Suzi Eszterhas
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