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Wildlife photographer Ingo Arndt endured freezing temperatures and blistering winds over a period of seven months between 2016 and 2018 to follow his favorite animal across the wild lands of Patagonia. He spent hundreds of hours lugging camera equipment and patiently waiting in the unforgiving elements for it to appear.

To him, the puma—the “ghost of the Andes”—is one of the most elegant and endearing animals he has seen in his life. The hardships were worth it, he says. His dedication and patience allowed him to photograph pumas mating, hunting guanaco (a llama relative), and engaging in other behaviors that few people have ever seen. Arndt spent most of his time Patagonia, which he calls “puma land,” following two female pumas and their cubs. These pumas, Sarmiento and Colmillo, had very different personalities. Arndt remembers Sarmiento as a fearless hunter and attentive mother, and Colmillo as a shy but generous creature who often willingly shared her kills with other pumas. “Every puma has a different character,” Arndt says. “I’ve met a lot of shy pumas but also a lot of curious ones.”

He says that the most import thing he learned during his adventure is that photographing pumas is best done at a distance. Pumas are averse to humans—and with good reason. Their propensity for hunting livestock has made them a target among ranchers. In Chile, ranchers claim to kill as many as 100 pumas each year.

He says that the best photos are taken by people who spend a lot of time on site and keep a respectful distance. “Be patient, don’t force anything,” he says. “When you see my pictures you should not forget that I have 30 years of experience in wildlife photography and was in Patagonia for a very long time. You can not get these kinds of pictures in a few days.”
Mountain Lion (Puma concolor), Torres del Paine National Park, Patagonia, Chile
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00589121 Mountain Lion (Puma concolor), Torres del Paine National Park, Patagonia, Chile© Ingo Arndt
Mountain Lion (Puma concolor), Torres del Paine National Park, Patagonia, Chile
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00589120 Mountain Lion (Puma concolor), Torres del Paine National Park, Patagonia, Chile© Ingo Arndt
Mountain Lion (Puma concolor), Torres del Paine National Park, Patagonia, Chile
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00589343 Mountain Lion (Puma concolor), Torres del Paine National Park, Patagonia, Chile© Ingo Arndt
Mountain Lion (Puma concolor), Torres del Paine National Park, Patagonia, Chile
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00589342 Mountain Lion (Puma concolor), Torres del Paine National Park, Patagonia, Chile© Ingo Arndt
Mountain Lion (Puma concolor), Torres del Paine National Park, Patagonia, Chile
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00589122 Mountain Lion (Puma concolor), Torres del Paine National Park, Patagonia, Chile© Ingo Arndt
Mountain Lion (Puma concolor), Torres del Paine National Park, Patagonia, Chile
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00589351 Mountain Lion (Puma concolor), Torres del Paine National Park, Patagonia, Chile© Ingo Arndt
Puma (Puma concolor), portrait. Torres del Paine, Patagonia, Chile. July.
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90819965 Puma (Puma concolor), portrait. Torres del Paine, Patagonia, Chile. July.© Ingo Arndt
Puma (Puma concolor) walking, portrait. Torres del Paine, Patagonia, Chile. July.
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90819961 Puma (Puma concolor) walking, portrait. Torres del Paine, Patagonia, Chile. July.© Ingo Arndt
Mountain Lion (Puma concolor) male, Torres del Paine National Park, Patagonia, Chile
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00589096 Mountain Lion (Puma concolor) male, Torres del Paine National Park, Patagonia, Chile© Ingo Arndt
Mountain Lion (Puma concolor), Torres del Paine National Park, Patagonia, Chile
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00589344 Mountain Lion (Puma concolor), Torres del Paine National Park, Patagonia, Chile© Ingo Arndt
Mountain Lion (Puma concolor), Torres del Paine National Park, Patagonia, Chile
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00589128 Mountain Lion (Puma concolor), Torres del Paine National Park, Patagonia, Chile© Ingo Arndt
Mountain Lion (Puma concolor) mother and young cubs, Torres del Paine National Park, Patagonia, Chile
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00589104 Mountain Lion (Puma concolor) mother and young cubs, Torres del Paine National Park, Patagonia, Chile© Ingo Arndt
Mountain Lion (Puma concolor) mother and young cubs, Torres del Paine National Park, Patagonia, Chile
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00589528 Mountain Lion (Puma concolor) mother and young cubs, Torres del Paine National Park, Patagonia, Chile© Ingo Arndt
Mountain Lion (Puma concolor) mother and young cub, Torres del Paine National Park, Patagonia, Chile
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00589311 Mountain Lion (Puma concolor) mother and young cub, Torres del Paine National Park, Patagonia, Chile© Ingo Arndt
Puma (Puma concolor), mother with cub on rock. Torres del Paine, Patagonia, Chile. August.
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90819973 Puma (Puma concolor), mother with cub on rock. Torres del Paine, Patagonia, Chile. August.© Ingo Arndt
Mountain Lion (Puma concolor) mother and young cub sleeping, Torres del Paine National Park, Patagonia, Chile
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00589103 Mountain Lion (Puma concolor) mother and young cub sleeping, Torres del Paine National Park, Patagonia, Chile© Ingo Arndt
Puma (Puma concolor) female with young cub, on slope amongst scrub. Torres del Paine, Patagonia, Chile. July.
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90819986 Puma (Puma concolor) female with young cub, on slope amongst scrub. Torres del Paine, Patagonia, Chile. July.© Ingo Arndt
Mountain Lion (Puma concolor) young cubs, Torres del Paine National Park, Patagonia, Chile
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00589105 Mountain Lion (Puma concolor) young cubs, Torres del Paine National Park, Patagonia, Chile© Ingo Arndt
Mountain Lion (Puma concolor) young cub calling for mother, Torres del Paine National Park, Patagonia, Chile
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00589107 Mountain Lion (Puma concolor) young cub calling for mother, Torres del Paine National Park, Patagonia, Chile© Ingo Arndt
Puma (Puma concolor) female and two playing cubs. Torres del Paine, Patagonia, Chile. January.
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90819983 Puma (Puma concolor) female and two playing cubs. Torres del Paine, Patagonia, Chile. January.© Ingo Arndt
Puma (Puma concolor) female and cubs on rock. Torres del Paine, Patagonia, Chile. December.
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90819982 Puma (Puma concolor) female and cubs on rock. Torres del Paine, Patagonia, Chile. December.© Ingo Arndt
Puma (Puma concolor) juvenile lying on rock, three Guanaco (Lama guanicoe) walking in background. Torres del Paine, Patagonia, Chile. March 2016.
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90819976 Puma (Puma concolor) juvenile lying on rock, three Guanaco (Lama guanicoe) walking in background. Torres del Paine, Patagonia, Chile. March 2016.© Ingo Arndt
Puma (Puma concolor) mother and two cubs lying on rock at lake edge. Torres del Paine, Patagonia, Chile. August.
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90819974 Puma (Puma concolor) mother and two cubs lying on rock at lake edge. Torres del Paine, Patagonia, Chile. August.© Ingo Arndt
Puma (Puma concolor) female and two cubs snuggling on hillside. Torres del Paine, Patagonia, Chile. July 2017.
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90819966 Puma (Puma concolor) female and two cubs snuggling on hillside. Torres del Paine, Patagonia, Chile. July 2017.© Ingo Arndt
Puma (Puma concolor), mother with cub resting amongst rocks. Torres del Paine, Patagonia, Chile. July.
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90819958 Puma (Puma concolor), mother with cub resting amongst rocks. Torres del Paine, Patagonia, Chile. July.© Ingo Arndt
Mountain Lion (Puma concolor) sub-adult sisters on shoreline, Torres del Paine National Park, Patagonia, Chile
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00589394 Mountain Lion (Puma concolor) sub-adult sisters on shoreline, Torres del Paine National Park, Patagonia, Chile© Ingo Arndt
Mountain Lion (Puma concolor) mother with young cubs playing, Torres del Paine National Park, Patagonia, Chile
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00589109 Mountain Lion (Puma concolor) mother with young cubs playing, Torres del Paine National Park, Patagonia, Chile© Ingo Arndt
Puma (Puma concolor) female and cubs feeding on Guanaco (Lama guanicoe) carcass. Torres del Paine, Patagonia, Chile. July.
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90819956 Puma (Puma concolor) female and cubs feeding on Guanaco (Lama guanicoe) carcass. Torres del Paine, Patagonia, Chile. July.© Ingo Arndt
Mountain Lion (Puma concolor) young cubs playing, Torres del Paine National Park, Patagonia, Chile
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00589108 Mountain Lion (Puma concolor) young cubs playing, Torres del Paine National Park, Patagonia, Chile© Ingo Arndt
Mountain Lion (Puma concolor) female hunting, Torres del Paine National Park, Patagonia, Chile
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00589557 Mountain Lion (Puma concolor) female hunting, Torres del Paine National Park, Patagonia, Chile© Ingo Arndt
Mountain Lion (Puma concolor) mother with young cubs, Torres del Paine National Park, Patagonia, Chile
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00589533 Mountain Lion (Puma concolor) mother with young cubs, Torres del Paine National Park, Patagonia, Chile© Ingo Arndt
Mountain Lion (Puma concolor) young cubs playing, Torres del Paine National Park, Patagonia, Chile
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00589531 Mountain Lion (Puma concolor) young cubs playing, Torres del Paine National Park, Patagonia, Chile© Ingo Arndt
Mountain Lion (Puma concolor) sub-adult sisters playing on shoreline, Torres del Paine National Park, Patagonia, Chile
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00589395 Mountain Lion (Puma concolor) sub-adult sisters playing on shoreline, Torres del Paine National Park, Patagonia, Chile© Ingo Arndt
Mountain Lion (Puma concolor) mother and young cubs, Torres del Paine National Park, Patagonia, Chile
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00589154 Mountain Lion (Puma concolor) mother and young cubs, Torres del Paine National Park, Patagonia, Chile© Ingo Arndt
Mountain Lion (Puma concolor) young cubs with one in tree, Torres del Paine National Park, Patagonia, Chile
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00589111 Mountain Lion (Puma concolor) young cubs with one in tree, Torres del Paine National Park, Patagonia, Chile© Ingo Arndt
Mountain Lion (Puma concolor) mother and young cubs, Torres del Paine National Park, Patagonia, Chile
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00589106 Mountain Lion (Puma concolor) mother and young cubs, Torres del Paine National Park, Patagonia, Chile© Ingo Arndt
Mountain Lion (Puma concolor) young cubs in shrubland, Torres del Paine National Park, Patagonia, Chile
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00589155 Mountain Lion (Puma concolor) young cubs in shrubland, Torres del Paine National Park, Patagonia, Chile© Ingo Arndt
Mountain Lion (Puma concolor) young cubs feeding on Guanaco (Lama guanicoe) kill, Torres del Paine National Park, Patagonia, Chile
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00589561 Mountain Lion (Puma concolor) young cubs feeding on Guanaco (Lama guanicoe) kill, Torres del Paine National Park, Patagonia, Chile© Ingo Arndt
Puma (Puma concolor) females, two sisters on rock. Torres del Paine, Patagonia, Chile. April.
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90819977 Puma (Puma concolor) females, two sisters on rock. Torres del Paine, Patagonia, Chile. April.© Ingo Arndt
Puma (Puma concolor) feeding on Guanaco (Lama guanicoe) carcass at night. Torres del Paine, Patagonia, Chile. August.
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90819970 Puma (Puma concolor) feeding on Guanaco (Lama guanicoe) carcass at night. Torres del Paine, Patagonia, Chile. August.© Ingo Arndt
Puma (Puma concolor) pair in courtship on rocks. Torres del Paine, Patagonia, Chile. August 2017.
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90819968 Puma (Puma concolor) pair in courtship on rocks. Torres del Paine, Patagonia, Chile. August 2017.© Ingo Arndt
Puma (Puma concolor) male feeding on Guanaco (Lama guanicoe) carcass. Torres del Paine, Patagonia, Chile. July.
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90819959 Puma (Puma concolor) male feeding on Guanaco (Lama guanicoe) carcass. Torres del Paine, Patagonia, Chile. July.© Ingo Arndt
Mountain Lion (Puma concolor) female stalking, Torres del Paine National Park, Patagonia, Chile
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00589555 Mountain Lion (Puma concolor) female stalking, Torres del Paine National Park, Patagonia, Chile© Ingo Arndt
Mountain Lion (Puma concolor) female, Torres del Paine National Park, Patagonia, Chile
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00589516 Mountain Lion (Puma concolor) female, Torres del Paine National Park, Patagonia, Chile© Ingo Arndt
Mountain Lion (Puma concolor) female in snow, Torres del Paine National Park, Patagonia, Chile
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00589179 Mountain Lion (Puma concolor) female in snow, Torres del Paine National Park, Patagonia, Chile© Ingo Arndt
Mountain Lion (Puma concolor) female in snow, Torres del Paine National Park, Patagonia, Chile
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00589178 Mountain Lion (Puma concolor) female in snow, Torres del Paine National Park, Patagonia, Chile© Ingo Arndt
Mountain Lion (Puma concolor) sub-adult feeding on Guanaco (Lama guanicoe) prey, Torres del Paine National Park, Patagonia, Chile
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00589164 Mountain Lion (Puma concolor) sub-adult feeding on Guanaco (Lama guanicoe) prey, Torres del Paine National Park, Patagonia, Chile© Ingo Arndt
Mountain Lion (Puma concolor) male, Torres del Paine National Park, Patagonia, Chile
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00589093 Mountain Lion (Puma concolor) male, Torres del Paine National Park, Patagonia, Chile© Ingo Arndt
Mountain Lion (Puma concolor) sub-adult male, Torres del Paine National Park, Patagonia, Chile
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00589567 Mountain Lion (Puma concolor) sub-adult male, Torres del Paine National Park, Patagonia, Chile© Ingo Arndt
Mountain Lion (Puma concolor) female scenting, Torres del Paine National Park, Patagonia, Chile
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00589559 Mountain Lion (Puma concolor) female scenting, Torres del Paine National Park, Patagonia, Chile© Ingo Arndt
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