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Written in the Sand: A fascinating insight into the Kalahari and its leopards

Avatar of inke inke - 22. October 2019 - Environment

A leopard in the Gondwana Canyon Park. Photo: Fritz Curschmann

Willie Olivier

Seeing a leopard in the wilds tops the list of most people heading into the wilderness. It is a secretive, solitary and mainly nocturnal cat – factors which make it extremely difficult to see.

Count yourself lucky then if you do chance upon a leopard when visiting the Kalahari Gemsbok National Park. Internationally renowned wildlife management specialist Professor Koos Bothma has studied the leopards of the southern Kalahari for 19 years. His research has provided a rare and fascinating insight into these secretive cats. Now he has published a book, Written in the Sand, which was recently launched in Windhoek.

Although only one chapter deals with his leopard research, it is an absorbing book which  tells the story of when he began studying the large herbivores of the southern Kalahari way back in 1970 before turning his attention to leopards, the origin and ecology of the southern Kalahari, its conservation history and the Kalahari San people.

For more detailed information, please have a look on Namibia Outdoor. 

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