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Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread postby Eagle Eyes » Wed Nov 21, 2007 9:35 pm

Hi everybody!
I thought it would be a great idea to start this thread. It would help people recognize the leopards they see, also it would be fun to see the ranges of KTP leopards by following the apperances of the leopards.

Now for the identification guide:
first up - The Leeudril Male:

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he has a semi-circle of dots around his lower half of his left eye. he also has two blobs-1 at the corner of his left eye and the other one a centimetre below. one more feature is his......well.......uuuuuummmmm near his tail.

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Unread postby wanderw » Wed Nov 21, 2007 9:51 pm

Edited:Previous post: Leeuwdril Male, leopard number 3.6(historical leopards) in the ID Guide(04042014).

This post:Old Twee Rivieren Female - Maja, leopard number3.1(Historical leopards) in the ID Guide(04042014).


Next leopard - Known as the Twee Rivieren female(Maja):

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She has a little 4 dot triangle above her left eye, as well as a line of dots from the outside corner of her eye down towards 4 o'clock. Also 2 blobs below her left eye - like an exaggerated eyelash!

We have seen her in the Aoub riverbed(Houmoed) as well as in the Nossob riverbed(10km TR sign).
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Unread postby AfricanDreams » Thu Nov 22, 2007 12:09 am

We have seen this one near Roiiputs on 27 March 2007

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Unread postby wanderw » Thu Nov 22, 2007 11:03 am

@ madach - super sighting! I believe you saw the Leeudril male!(semi circle of dots below left eye etc)

@ AfricanDreams - great pic! Your leopard looks like a female(lighter build). It could be the TR female but I'm not sure - I'm still hunting thru pics, we only seem to have a lot of the left side of the leopard, not her right side! Will keep you posted!

Edited: African Dreams' post is the Rooiputs female - leopard number 1.1 in the ID Guide(04042014).
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Unread postby anne-marie » Fri Nov 23, 2007 12:05 am

I have seen this one just before Grotkoolk (April 2007)
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Unread postby wanderw » Fri Nov 23, 2007 11:04 pm

Edited: The Langklaas female - leopard no. 1.34 in the ID Guide(04042014), RIP Langklaas 08052014

Thanx Anne-marie! Beautiful leopard! How close to Grootkolk did you see it? I wonder if it is the Grootkolk leopard or the Ljiersdraai picnic leopard, or another one? :hmz: Do you know if it was a female or a male? The males we have seen also have had a heavier set face, your one seems a lighter build.

Your pic is great for ID purposes! :D
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Unread postby anne-marie » Fri Nov 23, 2007 11:30 pm

I think it was a jung male (he lost her prey... and another jackal rob a piece...).
I'm going to search the name of the place... and a sign... if male or female... I come back soon :|
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Unread postby anne-marie » Fri Nov 23, 2007 11:45 pm

She was in a big tree at Kannaguas pan... and
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a female... I'm afraid :redface:
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Unread postby wanderw » Sat Nov 24, 2007 12:01 am

Thanx for the info Anne-marie !We will keep a lookout for her when we go in April! :D

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Unread postby anne-marie » Sun Nov 25, 2007 1:13 pm

As per ask Mr Gus Mill for cheetahs, he need some legs'pictures, it's better to compare spot inside legs... what is the best for leopard ? face or legs ?
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Unread postby arks » Sun Nov 25, 2007 3:56 pm

It's my understanding that the only accurate way to ID leopards is from the pattern of whiskers and associated spots. You need very detailed facial pix to do this properly.
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Unread postby wanderw » Sun Nov 25, 2007 9:08 pm

@Candy's Style - thanx for the input! Super pics! :thumbs_up:

Anne-marie and Arks - I have always believed that each leopard has a unique pattern of spots and rosettes, so for ID purposes, we (EE and I) have concentrated on facial spots/marks, just that it is easier to remember eg. left eye or below eye etc. If there is an easier way ie. check spots on the legs rather, then we would like to know, so I have pm ed Kgalagadi TFP and asked him to look at this thread and help us if he can. I always thought that ID re whiskers was just for lions, so it will be interesting to know if this method applies to leopards too.

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Unread postby peterpiper » Sun Nov 25, 2007 10:16 pm

Great idea for a thread :)

Just realised that the leopard I saw near TR on the Nossob road last year in May, is the same one I saw this year near Munro/ Hoemoed on the Aoub road a few days ago. And she now has a fairly large cub.
The first pic is from last year (about 8km) outside TR, and the next is from this November near Hoemoed on the Aoub. (19 km from TR)

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And now............................., introducing her cub.

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Unread postby peterpiper » Sun Nov 25, 2007 10:36 pm

I also saw this beautiful lady (I think) this year on the Nossob road about 25 km from TR.

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Unread postby Dreamer » Sun Nov 25, 2007 10:52 pm

Wow and Wow again!! :mrgreen: :mrgreen:
peterpiper, these pics are too awesome to even try and describe. Thanks for sharing :clap:
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