A África intocada
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Photographer Captures Stunning Photos of Leopards, Elephants and Pangolin In Zambia
British wildlife photographer and cameraman Luke Massey spent three months in Zambia's South Luangwa National park.
He embarked on the trip in May and returned to the UK at the beginning of August.
During his adventure, the 22-year-old photographer captured stunning shots of leopards, elephant and pangolin's, one of the world's rarest creatures.
Elephants breed all year round but many herds had little ones trundling along behind them.
The photographer says he was often amused by the boldness of the youngsters who would flare their ears and false charge at you as you passed before running back to the safety of mum.
Luke says that the elephants he saw were extremely prolific in the park.
"The lodge I was working for is actually famous for a small herd passing through its reception every year on route to a mango tree."
Elephants are continuing to suffer across the world due to poaching but it was a breath of fresh air to see them thriving in Zambia.
While staying at Mfuwe Lodge, a luxury lodge situated within the park boundary meant Luke also had constant access to watch leopards. He believes he spent over 600 hours in their company, trying to capture the perfect shot.
It took him two weeks of searching before Luke found the female leopard, who local guards call Alice, and her two three-moth old cubs.
He followed the local female leopard and her two cubs for the three months, witnessing kills, frolicking cubs, hyena attacks on the cubs and territorial battles protecting her area from the other local leopards.
South Luangwa holds the highest density of leopards anywhere in Africa. He says that out of all the big cats leopards are the most difficult to capture.
"They rely on stealth...
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Durante três meses, o fotógrafo britânico Luke Massey percorreu o Parque Nacional de Luangwa do Sul, na companhia de leopardos, elefantes e pangolins – um dos mais raros animais do mundo, e em sérios riscos de extoinção.
De regresso à Europa, o jovem deparou-se com as mais variadas imagens destes animais com tão pouco em comum, mas pelos quais se apaixonou.
A maior densidade de leopardos de África pode ser encontrada exactamente neste região, pelo que não foi difícil para Luke conseguir captar os melhores ângulos deste animal. Por seu lado, os elefentes, muitos deles ainda pequenas crianças apenas queriam brincar e socializar, aproximando-se até bastante perto da objectiva.
Na sua viagem, o fótografo terá passado perto de 600 horas na companhia destes animais fabulosos, o que felizmente para nós deu origem a estas maravilhosas imagens.