The untouched Africa

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For three months, the British photographer Luke Massey crossed the Luangwa National Park South, in the company of leopards, elephants and pangolins – one of the rarest animals in the world, and in serious risk of extinction.

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Back in Europe, the young man was faced with the most varied images of these animals with so little in common, but for whom fell in love.

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The highest density of African leopards can be found precisely in this area, so it was not difficult to get Luke to capture the best angles of this animal. For its part, the elephants, many of them still young children just wanted to play and socialize, approaching close enough to the lens.

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On your trip, the photographer will have spent nearly 600 hours in the company of these fabulous animals, which luckily for us gave rise to these wonderful images.

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Mandatory Credit: Photo by Luke Massey/REX (4078025s)  www.lmasseyimages.com Luke Massey  Photographer Captures Stunning Photos of Leopards, Elephants and Pangolin In Zambia  British wildlife photographer and cameraman Luke Massey spent three months in Zambia's South Luangwa National park.     He embarked on the trip in May and returned to the UK at the beginning of August.    During his adventure, the 22-year-old photographer captured stunning shots of leopards, elephant and pangolin's, one of the world's rarest creatures.    Elephants breed all year round but many herds had little ones trundling along behind them.     The photographer says he was often amused by the boldness of the youngsters who would flare their ears and false charge at you as you passed before running back to the safety of mum.     Luke says that the elephants he saw were extremely prolific in the park.    "The lodge I was working for is actually famous for a small herd passing through its reception every year on route to a mango tree."    Elephants are continuing to suffer across the world due to poaching but it was a breath of fresh air to see them thriving in Zambia.    While staying at Mfuwe Lodge, a luxury lodge situated within the park boundary meant Luke also had constant access to watch leopards. He believes he spent over 600 hours in their company, trying to capture the perfect shot.     It took him two weeks of searching before Luke found the female leopard, who local guards call Alice, and her two three-moth old cubs.    He followed the local female leopard and her two cubs for the three months, witnessing kills, frolicking cubs, hyena attacks on the cubs and territorial battles protecting her area from the other local leopards.    South Luangwa holds the highest density of leopards anywhere in Africa. He says that out of all the big cats leopards are the most difficult to capture.     "They rely on stealth...  For more information visit http://www.rexfeatures.com/stacklink/BQYRGYYOH

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