The story behind

There is no-one like Robert Dallet –from the French Natural History Museum in Paris– to glorify the incomparable fur, the strong features and the might of the big cat, all the while staying perfectly true to life. Here, he illustrates a page of love. The intense fleeting moment when two solitary creatures come together to create new life. A few months from now, a couple leopard cubs will come into this world in a tree hollow or rocky crevice. But for now, the future parents size one another up carefully in this interpretation of a romantic parade. They are surveyed by the curious and amused eyes of the jungle’s most fragile inhabitants. An Indian paradise flycatcher flies overhead, daringly close while the big cats are absorbed in one another’s gaze. Its more cautious neighbors stay nestled in the foliage among delicate fragrant orchids: an ever-surprised galago, the exotically named African queen and cymothoe butterflies, and multicolored birds. The bee-eater who is named after its favorite snack, sunbirds with dazzling plumage who gorge on plant nectar, and lovebirds as inseparable as two children huddling together for warmth.