Yin & Yang
Shortly after mating Shujaa, the male leopard, had climbed up into the tree. Shortly after his mate had followed him and pulled herself into the branch above him. Leopards typically mate about every 15 minutes over a 5 day period, it’s not exact and towards the end of the mating ritual the time lengthens into longer rest periods.
Shujaa, standing on the lower branch and fully lit, was all power and muscle. He would sit out in the open, no fear, acting as if he were a King. The female, walking along the upper branch and in shadow, was skittish and shy. During the mating she had stayed fairly close to the male, but would hide when they were finished and come back to the male when she was ready again.
Since this pair had been mating so close to the our camp we were able to witness the mating a few times and to follow them through to the end of their mating ritual. Shortly after this image was taken, the female left the area.