Title: The Leopards of Londolozi
Author: Lex Hes
Cats have fascinated men for centuries. He has worshipped them, befriended them, hunted them, drawn them and written about them but, throughout the years, he has never managed to expose the essence of the cat.
Of the world's big cats, the leopard is one of the least known. A shy nocturnal animal, its reclusive nature has thwarted the many attempts to study it in the wild. In an evocative portfolio, The Leopards of Londolozi, author/photographer Lex Hes has managed to penetrate the private life of the wild leopard to reveal its habits and behaviour. The book is the culmination of 12 years of diligent observation by the author who is based at Londolozi, an exclusive lodge situated in the game rich bushveld of the eastern Transvaal.
The Londolozi rangers and trackers were able to achieve their close-range study by forming an unprecedented relationship with a group of leopards in the reserve. Showing sensitivity and restraint from the outset, they overcame the initial apprehension and wariness of one particular female and her cubs. Soon they were able to follow the leopard, and eventually she became so accustomed to the vehicles that close tracking of the family group was possible. By monitoring the leopards in this way, the rangers have observed behavioural aspects not previously recorded and their success with these unpredicatable, aggressive cats has aroused international interest.
The text, drawn from Lex Hes's personal filed observations, has sustained vitality with moments of excitement and poignancy as the constant cycle of life and death in the bush unfolds. The book deals pragmatically with the question of the survival of leopards, whose existence, like that of so many other species, is threatened by shrinking habitats.
The outstanding feature of the book is, however, its visual impact. Lex Hes's empathy with his subject is almost uncanny and, in a collection of superb images, this award-winning photographer reveals the quintessential leopard, showing this magnificent cat to rare and dramatic effect.
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