Klaus Tiedge's Leopard Collection
I have spent a lot of time searching for Leopards on my trips to Namibia and Kenya. Some of the most rewarding moments of my wildlife photography career, thus far, has been the patience to capture the perfect photograph of a Leopard.
In this article, I’d like to share some facts that I’ve learnt from my African Safari adventures about the most solitary cat on earth. If you have something to add please feel free to start up a conversation in the comment section at the bottom of this page. These are the Leopards of Africa.
Leopards spots are called ‘rosettes’, named after the rose as they resemble the same shape. Most leopards are light coloured but there is also a black species, but their fur is too dark to notice the spots.
Leopards can be found all around the Earth, but they are most commonly found in Sub-Saharan Africa, northeast Africa, Central Asia, India and China.
They can run up to 58 km/h, with an amazing spring in their step, able to leap 6 m forward through the air.
Female leopards give birth once a year, usually two to 3 cubs. Remaining with their young until they are about 2 years old until they are able to hunt and fend for themselves.
Leopard communicates through distinctive calls, purring when they are happy and relaxed, growl when they are angry and males make a hoarse and raspy cough to warn other leopards of his presence.
Leopards hunting Technique
Their hunting technique is highly skilled use of finesse and stealth. They approach their prey with their legs bend and keep their head low, stalking its prey carefully and quietly, until it is five to ten metres in range, they pounce. Taking a bite to the throat or neck, and smaller animals like mice or birds, they use their paw.
This beautiful cat has a varied diet, they are predators, hunting antelope, monkeys, rodents, buck and even are known to eat bugs as well.
They are exceptional climbers, resting in the branches of trees during the day. Being such strong animals, they often carry their heavy prey up into the trees to avoid scavengers, like the hyenas.
They are nocturnal animals, active during the night they hunt their prey and rest most of the day in trees where they are camouflaged.
My Leopard Fine Art Prints
Leopards are beautiful animals that have captured the hearts of millions of people. On Instagram the leopard tags attract millions of hearts and though they are difficult to capture, they are some of my most elegant photographs. Because they are most active during the night time I have spent much of the midday, searching for them in Kenya and Namibia over the last few years.
Limited Edition Leopard Prints by Klaus Tiedge
In the Pride of Africa Collection, the Sentinel group of images is the largest of one collection. Leopards are solitary animals and spend most of their time alone, within their own territory. They scratch trees, leave urine scents and faecal matter to mark their territory and warn other leopards to stay away, however male and female will cross between territories to mate.
The most difficult animal to capture is the leopard, but it is also the most beautiful cat in the untamed wild of Africa. They are shy, hiding in the bush or in a tree, and not in the open plains. When you find a Leopard, sometimes you will just see the ear or the tail, it is challenging to capture the entire leopard, you have to spend much more time in the wild to capture the Leopard, a zebra or even lion is much more commonly found.
Pictures of Leopards in Trees (Limited Edition Prints)
Leopard resting in a tree in typical Namibian landscape, perfectly set in scene from the viewers perspective.
Large leopard resting in the middle of a big tree.
This image is called Aura.
Open Edition Leopard Prints by Klaus Tiedge
Below are a collection of my open edition prints. Because there is no limit to the number of prints the prices are lower and these images can be used in other applications such as bags and pillows for example.
These Cheetah prints are from the “White Collection”.
I really hope you enjoyed seeing some insight into my Leopard collection. Please leave a comment or a personal story of your favourite Leopard encounter below. I’d love to connect with you.
With Kind regards