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Unread postby Wild@Heart » Tue May 22, 2007 8:42 am

Sjoe! Let's calm down here a bit, you guys are making me nervous :lol:

Leopards are very curious creatures when they are young .. I'm not denying that you might get an idiot who could try to feed an animal .. but let's not always look at the negative side. We have also seen leopard up close and they do get curious .. especially the younger ones. Richprins explanations seems the most logical here.

As with leopards .. Lomar explained it nicely .. the leopard did get in the guides vehicle unexpectedly and the guide could do nothing due to the "traffic" .. he was bitten in the leg but survived to tell the tale.

Leopards have killed staff in the park and when found and shot, the conditions of the leopards were generally poor. A gate attendant was killed years ago at Shingwedzi .. hence you will see the bars covering the windows at the entrance.

Johann Oelofse had to fight for his life against a leopard when attacked. The condition of the leopard also was not good.

And Oom Louie Olivier had to shoot a leopard in poor condition when it entered (i think) Letaba camp and posed a threat to the tourists in the camp.

There were some other sad situations in the Staff Village as well .. one being a small child. But again, after being shot by Don English it was found that the animal was also in poor condition with broken teeth etc.

Leopards are dangerous, opportunistic and clever as hell. Young ones are generally very curious while you do not want to cross paths with a leopard in poor condition.

I think we should not jump to conclusions and always see the "negative" in things .. Personally I just look at the pics of Carole and think to myself .. WOW, what an experience it must have been to see the leopard so close.

Thank you for sharing Carole .. It truly is an awesome sighting ..
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Unread postby AGATHA » Fri Jun 22, 2007 4:42 pm

Here's my contribution to the LOG thread. One afternoon on the dirt road past the Rabelais Hut near Orpen.

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Unread postby murron66 » Sun Jul 01, 2007 4:01 pm

Had this beautiful LOT on H4-1 (close to LS) May 3rd. This one completed our big 5 sighting - all on the same day within 5hrs 58 minutes :dance: .. but I must add that we are no 'big 5 chasers'..it simply happened that day ..

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some other nice leopard we saw during that trip on H1-4 (April 28)

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..and she even had a cub with her ..shoot is not very clear..sorry .. baby is on the right..you can see the ears/head only :wink:

and one on H4-1 close to Sabie high bridge (April 26)

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Unread postby Elsa » Wed Jul 04, 2007 9:06 pm

My best sighting ever, seen on the S25 in June this year. :D

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Unread postby Richprins » Thu Jul 19, 2007 8:00 pm

In short the answer is No.

Black leopards have been seen in Asia and Central Africa.

There were several unconfirmed reports of a black leopard in the Lydenburg region (about 100 km from KNP) last year.

I am sceptical, and if it were, it would probably be an escaped animal from one of the game farms.
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Unread postby Gunner » Sun Sep 16, 2007 10:45 pm

both these Leopards on 1 road in 1 day with 6km apart...

on the Lubyelubye bridge outside Lower Sabie with a fresh kill 8)

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on the H4-1

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Unread postby Elsa » Mon Sep 17, 2007 10:33 am

Fantastic sightng and pics Gunner,
it seems as if the Leopard has made those rocks home as we saw one there in June and I have seen other reports since of seeing it there as well.
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Unread postby Peter Betts » Sun Sep 23, 2007 1:32 pm

Although I heard her rasping coughing call on 2 mornings last week she never revealed herself to me this trip

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Unread postby Bennievis » Thu Nov 15, 2007 4:58 pm

Hi adw and Gunner, its possible that its this leopard? On the S100 near the H1-3, January 2007
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Unread postby Nico » Wed Dec 26, 2007 1:01 pm

This Leopard was with us fore more than a hour on Salitje Road between Lower Sabie and Skukuza.

[video]http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=mlOcJ8szCtc[/video]
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Unread postby Peter Betts » Tue Jan 01, 2008 9:29 am

We had a brilliant experience with leopard in Sept 2007 when I tracked one calling along the Tsende River out on the Shongololo Road where it finally came into the road too far ahead as it got silent as it approached the road and i lost the "Track" for awhile but here are 2 pics of a Spotted cat. The big trick is when you are the first at a Leopard in the road like this. Rule No 1 Dont drive up to it as all you will get is a fast disappearing white tipped tail if you are lucky. Rather stop at 50- 80 metres and turn slightly left if tou are driving so you are able to poke the long lens out the window on a bean bag and most importantly turn that engine Off and be dead still ...no talking in the car. Cats are curious and if you are lucky and noone has arrived after 20 minutes like this occassion at 05h00 in Dec then invariably the cat will get up and come to you as the top pic shows. Stay calm and let the drama unfold
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Unread postby Nico » Sat Jan 05, 2008 6:07 pm

This video shows you that there was some tension in a group of Impala's and after some time we discovered that there was a Leopard close by and she had two cubs with her.

[video]http://nl.youtube.com/watch?v=0yIP_Zq6EJE[/video]
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Unread postby Ludwig » Thu Jan 10, 2008 4:54 pm

rayb wrote:I apologise if this has been posted before but it is pretty amazing.

Amazing video :thumbs_up:

Here some of my last leopard pictures from Kruger park:
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Unread postby Yves » Thu Jan 10, 2008 6:31 pm

The following pics where taken Nov 2007 about 1km from Berg n Dal down the dirt road. We spotted the leopard the previous evening 10mins before gate closure. I managed to get one shot in the dark but had to go back to camp. The gates where already closed but the understanding guard let us in with no fuss. Seeing that she had a kill in the tree we returned the following morning. The tree was empty so we drove up and down the road trying to spot her. Finally we saw her lying deep in the bush. We decided to wait and after an hour she returned to feast on her kill, she seemed really relaxed with us being there, guess our patience paid off.
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Unread postby bentley » Tue Apr 15, 2008 5:30 pm

Yip yip, now I can also join the clan of spotting ze leopard.
Saw this good looking character on the S25 & +/- 10m away...
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