How The Leopard Got His Spots

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Mauritz Mostert

The artist and author, Mauritz Mostert, was born and bred in the African bushveld where his family was influential in the creation of the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve in 1956. Growing up in what was then the African wilds meant driving vast distances over dirt tracks, riding in all the supplies needed for weeks at a time in an old Kombi. The isolation was profound. When the rains arrived, the camp would be cut off as the rivers rose and flooded the dry bush. The nearest bush clinic was the mission station at Acornhoek, run by nuns, over thirty miles away.

The young Mauritz learned to be resourceful and capable. His constant companions were the birds, the animals and Santros, the son of his grandfather’s right hand man. But like most colonial children in the African wilds, Mauritz had to eventually leave his beloved bushveld for boarding school.

Mauritz has worked in South Africa and Botswana as an expedition guide and coordinator for documentary makers associated with National Geographic. He is currently the webmaster and developer accountable for Wildmoz and is also a wildlife artist and photographer, providing visual content on the websites and illustrations for the African Folktales Series.