As I sort through photos from my previous trip to Africa I came across this image of leopard tracks. Being on foot in the "land of the giants" possessed me with more humility than I have been taught in my previous years of animal tracking. These leopard tracks led me to a riverbank frequently used by these big cats, and a pile of Nile Crocadiles!! Nearby poaching has damned this area in Kruger National Park to far more human presence than these animals can handle for far too many years. Africa's big cats are forced to survive the poachers that kill them and deal with the human society that fights to save them; putting their natural effort for food and survival on the brink. The predators have been extirpated from human residency and authorized to exist in an unnatural world handed to them from us. The amount of tourism disturbance in the national parks throughout Africa is on the bottom of the list for helping these animals, and the neglect for sustaining their natural environment grows even more distant. The reason there are no big cat kill images on this site is solely because I chose not to go there. I ventured to one too many sites where these animals were hunting, and very soon realized that human disturbance plays a huge role in a big cats 1 in 10 catch ratio!!!
Robbie P. Gallant
As a naturalist, I spend a great amount of time in personal study. Discussion and research is key to exploring new and intelligent ideas and furthering our understanding of our natural surroundings.