Pumas are another cat that we see hunting opportunistically on beaches in this part of the world. At the tip of South America, night-vision cameras capture multiple individuals preying on defenceless Magellanic penguins, leaving a trail of feathers and carcasses in their wake. This is no surprise: as the most widely distributed of all wild cats – populations are found in almost every country in the Americas, from the Andes to the Canadian Yukon – pumas have demonstrated remarkable resilience and adaptability. Our puma tracking safaris in Chilean Patagonia allow you to strike out in search of this big cat (which is also known as the cougar or mountain lion) in Chile’s stunning Torres del Paine National Park.
“Honey” is our first introduction to a radio-collared cat, one whose hi-tech neckwear allows researchers and conservationists to monitor her health and day-to-day life. Radio collars are invaluable when studying elusive cats like Honey – an African leopard – and Canada lynx, a species that we also see in Episode 1. The latter are the most northerly cat, their range extending up into Arctic Canada and Alaska. Although Canada lynx are notoriously difficult to document within their vast frozen habitat, there are plenty of safaris in sub-Saharan Africa on which leopards can be observed, including those in Zambia and Botswana
View our big cat safaris, or talk to one of our specialists for more details on big cats. Please note we recommend a budget of from £7,000 / $10,000 USD per person for our style of trip to this destination.