Ruaha: Spotted All-Stars, Meet Onca
By Pietro Luraschi
Quintessential beauty, unforgettable elegance, striking power, heavenly grace and a perfect balance of many qualities: these are the words that come to my mind every time I see a leopard.
Onca gets his name from the scientific name for the jaguar, as his pattern and shape of rosettes very similar to that of the South American cat. He is three and an half, and we have known him since he was one year old, when he had just left his mother. We found him around Kimilamatonge Hill, which became the centre for most of his activity. He is a very relaxed cat of predictable habits, where he loves the roads, using them to move along the hill to access the best rocks where Hyraxes live. Recently he started killing bigger prey but still stays around the hill where he can count on hundreds of bush hyraxes for easy meals. He has a real love for the mid rainy season, where he likes to sit on granite boulders in the late afternoon when the temperature drops, his elegant body wrapped around the rocks.
Sightings of these “Spotted All-Stars” are often the highlight of visitors’ experiences here in Ruaha, with their effortless combination of fierce grace and power, and they certainly are among my favourite animals to photograph.
If you would like to spend some time at Kwihala Camp and have a chance to see these beautiful creatures in person please contact your trusted travel agent orenquire with us.
Pietroworks as a safari guide in southern Tanzania for six months and devotes the other half of the year to private customers he accompanies to different African countries from north to south, but always going through his beloved East Africa. Hispassion for Africa took him for the first time to the continent as a volunteer in the Tarangire Lion Project, doing researchon the lion population in the Tarangire National Park in northern Tanzania. For years he has worked as a manager and guide, but then he gradually left management to devote himself exclusively to working as a guide.
We will be updating our blog with news on the other famous and beautiful leopards of Ruaha, to see more please keep an eye on this blog post.