Tokoloshe, a South African leopardess named after the myth of an elusive Zulu water sprite, is currently suffering for her phantom ways. Weary of humans and living in rugged, inaccessible terrain, the illegal snare constricting Tokoloshe’s abdomen will kill her slowly if aid can’t get to her soon.
A writer for The Atlantic had a dreamy encounter with a jaguar in the Amazon jungle. To describe the experience--and this remarkable and resilient species--she adopts a word coined by Panthera Chief Scientist Dr. Alan Rabinowitz, no stranger to jaguar sightings.
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