1920'S KILIMANJARO-PART 3: THE LEOPARD ON KILIMANJARO
Ernest Hemingway wrote about this leopard in his “Snows of Kilimanjaro” though he never saw the cat himself. The body was gone by the time he flew over Kilimanjaro. But its legend lived on and became part of the mountain’s lore. What, everyone wondered, would drive a leopard up to those frozen heights, far above any prey? This very question was posed in Miss Stuart-Watts book.
“Near the top we found in a perfect state of preservation the carcase of a leopard, first discovered in the snow and dug out in 1926 by Dr. Latham of the Government Agricultural Department of Tanganyika. No one can tell what induced it to venture into a land so cold and desolate; but possibly the smell of meat carried by some safari had led it to follow their trail, until on the wild summit it perished in a snow-storm. Jonathon cut off a piece of its tail as a memento of our little expedition.”
It was the accumulation of “taking mementos” that ultimately led to the leopard’s disappearance.
I decided to put the leopard on the summit in my own work of mystery and adventure, TREASURE OF THE GOLDEN CHEETAH (now available in hardcover).
The image was taken from Africa’s Dome of Mystery, by Eva Stuart-Watt.
NEXT WEEK: More Kilimanjaro tales.
NOTE: These blogs are meant to give some insight into the life and times of my fictional character, Jade del Cameron. Jade’s mystery adventures take place in post WWI Africa. To date they are: Mark of the Lion, Stalking Ivory, and The Serpent’s Daughter, and The Leopard’s Prey, all available in trade paperback. TREASURE OF THE GOLDEN CHEETAH is available in hardcover. An excerpt and information on pre-ordering signed copies is available at the website: www.suzannearruda.com. Follow short updates on http://twitter.com/SuzanneArruda