The Black Leopard

My Quest to Photograph One of Africa’s Most Elusive Big Cats

Will Burrard-Lucas

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About the Book

There are few creatures as gorgeous and elusive as the black leopard. In Africa, these magnificent cats are so rare as to be the stuff of legend. This is the story of a photographer’s singular quest to find one.

Will Burrard-Lucas’s love for leopards began during his childhood in Tanzania and propelled him into a career as a wildlife photographer. In his quest to create intimate portraits of animals, he developed innovative technology, including a remotely controlled camera buggy and a high-quality camera trap system for photographing nocturnal creatures.

Then, one day in 2018, he heard about sightings of a young African black leopard in Kenya. With the help of people from the local community, over the course of patient months, he succeeded in capturing a series of high-quality photographs of this extraordinary cat.

In this compelling and visually stunning book, Burrard-Lucas tells his story of creativity, entrepreneurship, and passion for nature. Over 100 photographs are printed throughout, including awe-inspiring images of lions and elephants, and never-before-seen pictures of the black leopard itself. This is both an adventure story, and a thrilling reminder of nature’s hidden wonders.

Media Coverage

“The media frenzy over Will Burrard-Lucas’s stunning photos of a rare black leopard in Kenya underscores the world’s fascination with these mysterious creatures”

Black panther: Rare animal caught on camera in Kenya by British photographer Will Burrard-Lucas

Rare African black leopard captured by Will Burrard-Lucas’s extraordinary photos

Spectacular and rare images of a wild African black leopard were released by a UK wildlife photographer on Monday

A wildlife photographer captured stunning images of a rare African black leopard, which would be among the first high-quality photos of such a creature on the continent

Thank You

Photographing the black leopard was truly a team effort as I explain in the book. I would like to once again thank everyone mentioned in this blog post who helped me capture those initial photographs and all who assisted me thereafter. It was my dream to photograph an African black leopard and I couldn’t have realised that dream without your support. Thank you.

Will Burrard-Lucas

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