Photo of the Day

A leopard standing on a fallen tree
June 6, 2011

Leopard, South Africa

This Month in Photo of the Day: Traveler Contest Images A dew-bathed juvenile leopard takes a peaceful moment atop a fallen tree on a wintry South African morning. Compared with other African game, leopards are famously shy and rarely seen, partially because of their largely nocturnal hunting habits. Leopards number among many other species of top predators whose population numbers are falling due to human impacts, making this a special sighting of a rare animal that is both powerful and extraordinarily gorgeous. (This photo and caption were submitted to the 2011 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest.) Have photos of your own travels you would like to submit? Enter today! See our editors' picks » Vote for your favorites » Browse all entries » Submit your photos »
Photograph by Madison Hall

Go Further

Subscriber Exclusive Content

See how NASA’s new Mars rover will explore the red planet

Why are people so dang obsessed with Mars?

How viruses shape our world

The era of greyhound racing in the U.S. is coming to an end

See how people have imagined life on Mars through history