Africa's Fishing Leopards: Natural World

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Africa's Fishing Leopards: Natural World

Series 34



Natural World returns with a stunning film about a family of leopards in Botswana. And boy, they’re beautiful creatures. These guys are the glitterati of the savannah, draped over tree branches like supermodels. A killing machine in a killer coat.

And if you can’t believe these aristo-cats show emotion, look out for the scene where the young male cub meets his father for the first time, tries to play with him – and gets a firm brush-off. The poor little chap looks crushed. (“Leopards are not among nature’s doting dads,” notes Attenborough on the voiceover.)

That’s one of a string of family dramas we see unfold as two cubs mature and find their place in the world. For a while they have the security of the family unit, but as they start to make their own way, one of them finds a new and unlikely way to hunt: it’s big cat versus catfish.


David Attenborough narrates Brad Bestelink's documentary, which was filmed over the course of 18 months and follows a female leopard and its two cubs living in the wilds of Botswana alongside less-than-friendly lions, wild dogs and hyenas. The competition for food is tough, and the cats have to learn the new skill of fishing if they are to have any chance of survival.

Cast & Crew

Narrator David Attenborough
Director Steve Gooder
Producer Steve Gooder