National Geographic : 2001 Oct
MA LA M A LA undulates with hills and gullies, its thick bush punctuated by patches of open ground. Some 35 leopards thrive on the reserve's diverse prey, abundant fresh water (the Sand River runs through it), and natural cover. Hundreds more live in Kruger (map). Tjololo's 14,000-acre territory encompasses four females' domains and accommodates the occasional young male seeking his own land. Leopards forgo no meal-fresh kill, carrion, even insects. At about 150 pounds, five-year-old Tjololo is powerful, able to hoist an animal twice his weight into a tree (left). Out of scavengers' reach, this impala will nourish him for days, while pools of rainwater quench his thirst (below). He'd emerge soaked from dew-coated grass, so I'd smile to see him sidestep puddles, catlike, to avoid wetting his feet.