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Alice the Leopard: Fading Glory

Alice is the star of South Luangwa National Park, one of the most famous and photographed leopards in the world. She is unfazed by the presence of humans, actually using safari vehicles to conceal her approach to prey animals. She has imparted this tolerance to her many offspring, who seem equally approachable. Most of the leopards to be seen in this gallery are descendants of Alice.

But, Alice is 13 years old, and showing signs of impending mortality. All 4 of her canine teeth are broken or missing, her face is covered with ticks, and she is apparently now unable to carry a small prey item up a tree, where it will not be stolen by hyenas.

Like the now deceased "Druid Peak" Yellowstone wolf pack, Alice is an icon of her species, and will soon join them in wildlife legend.

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Paolo Peggi (aka Bracciodiferro)06-Aug-2015 20:55
Range View 04-Jul-2015 04:09
A very touching story Hal, how lucky you are to have seen her. V
Ann Pettigrew06-Jun-2015 15:28
A good analogy using the Druid pack. Sad to think her days are numbered.
Janet Forjan-Freedman05-Jun-2015 16:55
Well written and poignant note with this beautiful portrait.
Hank Vander Velde31-May-2015 00:05
Terrific portrait and great commentary Hal.
Carol Rollins30-May-2015 19:15
She is beautiful. Excellent portrait of this magnificent creature.
Tom Munson30-May-2015 15:51
Outstanding portrait, Hal. Great work.
joseantonio30-May-2015 15:50
Spectacular closeup.V.
Guest 30-May-2015 14:05
Stunning Best J
The Ellisons30-May-2015 13:46
Wow, fabulous shot!
Will mark the gallery so we can follow its progress.