Since 1995 Gavin Lipjes has been intimately occupied with tracking the elusive African leopard. Initially as a field guide in some of Southern Africa’s epic wilderness areas, later as a leopard specialist and with his expert hounds, contracted by hunting outfits, scientific projects and cattle ranches, he has been consistently employed for 20 years to reveal the leopard to photographic tourists, hunters, scientists and ranchers.
The combination of an extensive time spent following in the footsteps of the secretive leopard, led by his Bushveld hounds and a wide exposure to leopard ecology across numerous environments has resulted in his reputation for being one of a small minority of leopard specialists. Few people have amassed a similar base of experience across such various enterprises, from trophy hunting to capture and GPS collaring.
He breeds and trains his own strain of scent hound based on the renowned French Gascon Saintongeois, a true tracking hound breed with origins dating back to 1000AD. These hounds are selected for their immense tracking ability, determination, courage and intelligence. The hounds have been constantly tested in some of Africa’s most challenging environments and their continued employments are testament to their efficacy.
A sincere team of man and hounds, passionate about tracking the sign and scent of the mysterious African leopard – Panthera Pardus.