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Leopard Film by Bobby Jewell


Introducing “Fundi” a young leopard seen around the Mdonya area, and what an amazing one he is.
A most beautiful young leopard with an undying curiosity about everything - from tsetse flags to our staff quarters to Mdonya vehicles and their occupants. He shows an amazing curiosity and teenager-like playfulness, and often comes in very close to eyeball our guests.

Fundi
Looking a leopard in the eyes  

One said that he had always wanted to see a leopard, assuming, if he was lucky enough to see one at all, it would be at a great distance and he never ever expected to have the experience of looking straight into the eyes of one.

He is regularly to be seen around the Mdonya River bed area, some 10 minutes from camp, sometimes at the outskirts of the camp, and on one fine occasion, up on the bonnet of one of our vehicles (it is all true !

Leopard on car
"Fundi" climbs on the vehicle - photo by Bobby Jewell  

Both driver/guide and guests were surprised and amazed as he wandered up alongside our vehicle, climbed up onto the bumper bar, gave it a lick (and a few scratches our driver is now very proud of) and then settled himself upon the bonnet to peruse the inhabitants of the car through the windscreen. leaving only when he happened to put his weight on a part of the bonnet that popped under it and startled him just enough to descend again.

 

This video of the event was taken by Bobby Jewell while staying at Mdonya camp.

 

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