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Powerful. Deadly. Elusive. Manana is a wild leopard. She could kill a man with ease. Yet besides her sits JV, unarmed and unharmed no bars, no cage. She gently brushes past him, almost touching. Today she will allow him to join her as a hunter a privilege rarely bestowed on fellow leopards, let alone a human. JV, wildlife cameraman, has a unique friendship with this wild cat and has gained access to the mysterious world of one of natures most enigmatic animals.


  • Leopard Queen
  • Leopard Queen
    John Varty has been filming the enigmatic Leopard Manana for nearly 2 decades in Londolozi Game Reserve, giving a glimpse into their mysterious lives.