Eye of the Leopard  花豹之眼

A new two-hour program shows us a leopard's struggle for survival in the wilds of Africa.

  This month, the National Geographic Channel presents a new program you won't want to miss. Husband-and-wife filmmakers Dereck and Beverly Joubert spent three years following the life of a single leopard. The result of their work is the two-hour special Eye of the Leopard, an enthralling journey deep into the rarely seen lives of leopards.
  The project began when the filmmakers were observing leopards in Botswana, Africa. One leopard in particular caught their attention. The cat had a birthmark that made her stand out from all the others, and they named her Legadema, which means "light from the sky." As they followed Legadema over the next few years, they watched as she grew from an eight-month-old cub to an adult.
  Leopards are skillful predators, but in their harsh environment, survival cannot be taken for granted. Legadema and her mother were forced to fight off baboons and escape from scavenging hyenas. While documenting the leopards' adventures, the Jouberts chose to respect the natural environment and didn't allow themselves to interfere in the leopards' existence, even when the animals faced great danger.
  As Legadema grew, she refined her hunting skills, moving from lizards and squirrels to warthogs, impalas, and even dangerous baboons. One incredible episode is particularly memorable and shows that leopards aren't simply fierce hunting machines. Legadema kills a mother baboon, and then finds the young baby baboon still clinging to its mother. To the filmmakers' amazement—and ours—Legadema doesn't harm the baby baboon. Instead, she lies down and wraps herself around it protectively. When a scavenging hyena comes along, Legadema carefully lifts the baby to safety. For viewers, this complex scene brings different emotions, but one thing is certain: watching Legadema protect the baby baboon is unforgettable.
  Rarely do we get a chance to learn so much about the mysterious lives of leopards. Tune in to Eye of the Leopard for insight into a leopard's world.

1. How did filming of Eye of the Leopard begin?
(A) The filmmakers spent three years with a tribe of leopards.
(B) The filmmakers noticed Legadema and they watched her raise her cubs.
(C) The filmmakers were following an adult leopard named Legadema.
(D) The filmmakers were watching leopards and they noticed one particular young cub.

2. Why didn't the Jouberts interfere in the leopards' lives?
(A) It was too dangerous.
(B) They were too far away.
(C) They thought it was wrong to disturb nature.
(D) It was illegal.

3. What is surprising about the scene where Legadema kills a baboon?
(A) It's unusual for an animal to care for another animal's young.
(B) It's strange for a leopard not to run away after killing its prey.
(C) Legadema decides to raise the baby baboon herself.
(D) Baboons usually hunt leopards.

4. In the first and last paragraphs, the article suggests that this program is worth watching because _____.
(A) the filmmakers are married
(B) no one was sure that leopards existed until now
(C) Africa is a difficult place to film
(D) opportunities to learn about leopards are rare

Grammar Tips
Rarely do we get a chance to learn so much about the mysterious lives of leopards.
例: Rarely does a movie do so well for so long.
例: Never have I seen such acts of generosity.

1. leopard n. 花豹
2. observe vt. 觀察
3. birthmark n. 胎記
4. cub n. 幼獸
5. predator n. 獵食者
6. harsh a.(天氣、環境等)惡劣的,嚴峻的
7. baboon n. 狒狒
8. scavenging a. 覓食的
scavenge vt.(動物)以(腐肉)為食
9. hyena n. 鬣狗,土狼
10. document vt.(以記述、拍攝電影或照片的方式)紀錄 & n. 紀錄;文件
documentary n. 紀錄片
11. lizard n. 蜥蜴
12. squirrel n. 松鼠
13. warthog n. 疣豬
14. impala n.(非洲的)黑斑羚
15. memorable a. 難忘的
16. wrap vt. 捲起;包住
17. complex a. 錯綜複雜的;難懂的
18. unforgettable a. 難忘的
19. prey n. 獵物


1. catch/grab one's attention  吸引某人的注意
2. care for...  照料……


1. present vt. 上演;呈獻
present sb with sth
= present sth to sb   將某物呈獻給某人;頒發某物給某人
例: The group presented the basketball player with an award.

2. enthralling a. 迷人的
enthrall vt. 迷住,使著迷
例: Billy was enthralled by the movie about aliens.

3. in particular  特別地;尤其
= particularly adv.
例: Everyone in my family loves ice cream, my sister in particular.
= Everyone in my family loves ice cream, particularly my sister.

4. stand out  顯眼;突出;傑出
例: My yellow bicycle really stands out from the other bikes.

5. skillful a. 有技術的,老練的
be skillful in/at...  對……很在行
= be skilled in/at...
例: Terry is skillful in diving, and he's competed in several events.

6. take...for granted  把……視為理所當然
例: Gary broke up with Tracy because she took him for granted.

7. escape from...  從……逃脫
例: Nelly managed to escape from her kidnapper.

8. interfere in...  干涉∕干預……
interfere with...  妨礙……
例: Please don't interfere in my friendships!
例: I try not to interfere with my dad's work.

9. existence n. 生存;存在
come into existence  產生,發生;開始存在
= come into being
例: The legend came into existence shortly after the war.

10. refine vt. 改進,使完善
例: Your painting style isn't bad, but you should try to refine it a little.

11. cling to...  緊緊黏著∕抓住……
例: The child clung to his mother while the firecrackers exploded.

12. to + 所有格 + amazement  令某人驚訝的是
『to + 所有格 + 表情緒的名詞』可形成介詞片語,通常置於句首,修飾全句。常見的有:
to one's delight  令某人高興的是
to one's disappointment  令某人失望的是
to one' sorrow  令某人難過的是
to one's satisfaction  令某人滿意的是
例: To Al's delight, his son graduated with honors.

13. protectively adv. 保護性地
protective a. 保護的,防護的
be protective of...  保護……
例: Kyle is protective of his little brother and doesn't let anyone make fun of him.

14. lift...to safety  將……舉起到安全的地方
lead/take...to safety  將……帶到安全的地方
例: The rescue helicopter found the missing ship and led it to safety.

15. insight n. 洞察力,見識(常與介詞 into 並用)
例: The research provides insights into solar energy.

16. be worth + N/V-ing  值得……
例: This movie is worth watching. I've seen it twice.

  本月份的國家地理頻道將呈現給您絕對不容錯過的全新內容。製作人德瑞克‧朱柏特和比佛莉‧朱柏特夫婦花了 3 年時間跟拍一頭花豹,紀錄牠的生活點滴。他們的心血將製成兩個小時的特輯《花豹之眼》,這趟迷人之旅將帶您一賭行蹤鮮少曝光的花豹,深入了解牠們的生活。
  本節目要從這對製作人夫婦在非洲的波札那觀察花豹開始說起。有一隻花豹特別引起他們的注意。這隻貓科動物身上的胎記使她特別突出,他們將這隻花豹命名為拉赫迪瑪,即『天上的閃電』之意。接下來他們花了幾年的時間跟隨這隻花豹,看著她從 8 個月大長到成年。

1. 《花豹之眼》這個節目以什麼做為開場?
(A) 製作人花了 3 年時間和一群花豹相處。
(B) 製作人注意到拉赫迪瑪,看她養育自己的小花豹。
(C) 製作人跟隨一頭名為拉赫迪瑪的成年花豹。
(D) 製作人觀察花豹時發現一隻特別的小花豹。
題解: 根據第二段,本節目要從這對片製作人夫婦在非洲的波紮那觀察花豹開始說起。一隻身上有胎記的花豹特別引起他們的注意。他們花了幾年的時間跟隨這隻花豹,看著她從 8 個月大長到成年,可知應選 (D)。

2. 為什麼朱柏特夫婦不干預花豹的生活?
(A) 那樣太危險了。
(B) 他們的距離太遙遠。
(C) 他們認為不應該干擾自然。
(D) 這是犯法的行為。
題解: 根據第三段,在紀錄花豹冒險經歷的同時,朱柏特夫婦選擇尊重自然環境,避免干預花豹的生活,可知應選 (C)。

3. 拉赫迪瑪獵殺狒狒的那一幕發生什麼令人驚訝的事?
(A) 動物會照顧另一種動物的小孩實在不尋常。
(B) 花豹捕殺獵物後沒有離開實在太奇怪了。
(C) 拉赫迪瑪決定自己撫養這隻小狒狒。
(D) 狒狒通常會獵捕花豹。

題解: 根據第四段,拉赫迪瑪獵殺母狒狒後,發現狒狒寶寶還緊抓著母親不放。出乎眾人意料之外,她並沒有傷害這隻小狒狒,反而躺下來用身體把小狒狒圍起來加以『保護』,故選 (A)。文中並未提及拉赫迪瑪後來是否繼續『撫養』小狒狒,故 (C) 不可選。

4. 在第一段和最後一段的文章裡提到這個節目值得一看是因為 _____。
(A) 這對製片家結婚了
(B) 直到現在我們才確認花豹的存在
(C) 非洲是個不好取景的地方
(D) 了解花豹的機會實在不多
題解: 根據第一段和最後一段,在在顯示花豹的行蹤飄忽,我們很少有機會了解牠們的生活,所以該節目很值得一看,故選 (D)。

標準答案: 1. (D) 2. (C) 3. (A) 4. (D)