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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread postby Josh of the Bushveld » Fri Jul 26, 2013 8:07 am

MattAxel wrote:It just seemed more special to see one in the Kgalagadi for some reason!

You mean two ;)

For us, one of the really nice things about sightings in KTP were the (relatively) unobstructed views we got.
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread postby MattAxel » Fri Jul 26, 2013 10:23 am

Josh of the Bushveld wrote:
MattAxel wrote:It just seemed more special to see one in the Kgalagadi for some reason!

You mean two ;)

For us, one of the really nice things about sightings in KTP were the (relatively) unobstructed views we got.


Yes, 2! my mistake :)

I think it's a combination of the unobstructed views, the fact that there were't 20 other cars at the sighting, and the fact that Leopards are more scarce in the KTP than the Kruger that made it more special!

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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread postby Josh of the Bushveld » Fri Jul 26, 2013 12:59 pm

True, although our lion sighting earlier in the day had at least 15 cars I think, was very similar to a KNP traffic jam (although *much* better behaved)
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread postby AstroMatt » Wed Aug 14, 2013 11:24 am

Morning all from a rainy UK...past 4 days have been wonderful though.
So i've had a few interesting sightings sent to me recently. I'll try and get the pics posted here but for the moment i'll just update you.

Last year in November Amur was spotted mating with Dakotah around Auchterlonie. She was again seen with him in December so i'm not sure this was a successful mating.

More exciting news is that Miera was also sighted mating with Dakotah in June 2013. If this was a success then the cubs will be born around mid September and may be out of the den around the end of October or start of November. The mating happened between Gemsbokplein and Batulama so keep your eyes out in that area.

That's all for now...fingers crossed we get some excellent news in a few months :)
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread postby lion queen » Wed Aug 14, 2013 11:27 am

Wow AstroMatt great news. :clap: :clap:

I'll keep my eye WIDE open when we visit end of October...... :big_eyes: :big_eyes:
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread postby anne-marie » Wed Aug 14, 2013 11:45 am

Dakotah seems to be the heroe in this part of the park :lol:

well done... a lot of new newborns :dance:
yes please lion queen... keep an very WIDE open eye :wink:

thanks for the update AstroMatt :k
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread postby wanderw » Wed Aug 14, 2013 11:47 am

@AstroMatt - Beat me to it! :tongue: Great news re Miera and Dakotah! :dance:

I have been hearing about some leo sightings north of Urikaruus - anyone out there who knows more about these sightings, or can post a pic or two? :pray: Any other sightings? :hmz:
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread postby DASSIEDELIGHT » Wed Aug 14, 2013 2:37 pm

Thanks AstroMatt. SO and I will definitely be looking out for lion cubs end October / beginning November we haven't seen little ones for years. I have been scouring the travel tales etc and making notes in my guide book of specific sightings / possible sightings and at which waterholes etc. I know nothing is ever guaranteed but hope to increase our chances of special encounters.
Lion queen, we might encounter you too! We will have yellow ribbons flying! Our dates/camps are in the Meets & Greets.

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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread postby anne-marie » Wed Aug 14, 2013 5:02 pm

maybe better to search Leopard cubs :hmz:

but you could have also a lot of Lion cubs... I saw so many Lion's mating in March :lol:
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread postby DASSIEDELIGHT » Thu Aug 15, 2013 9:48 am

Yes Annemarie I did mean leopard cubs :doh: . I welcome any cubs/kittens of any cats actually! Bring it all on!

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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread postby wanderw » Fri Aug 23, 2013 11:09 am

Just an update on sightings north of Urikaruus:

Seleka was seen at 13th borehole at the end of July.
Tsamma was seen at 14th borehole early August.

Sightings further north? Hopefully some forumite will be lucky and see a 'rare' leopard in this area. :pray:
Good luck to anyone visiting the park soon! :thumbs_up:
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread postby DefenderGDI » Fri Aug 23, 2013 11:21 am

Also going to be in the KTP at the end of October so I very much hope they are out of the den by then if it was a successful pairing.

:D

Will also have some form of yellow ribbon flying. :thumbs_up:

I am really looking forward to this trip. :wink:

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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread postby anne-marie » Fri Aug 23, 2013 2:48 pm

Seleka and Tsamma :thumbs_up: :dance:
thanks for the news :k

further North (much further) :hmz: I saw... a kill... Leopard kill in March 2013... so please keep your eyes wild open :wink: I didn't found the owner :think: :lol:
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread postby fazekma » Fri Aug 23, 2013 10:23 pm

We spent 9 days in the park (at the new Ta Shebube Rooiputs and Polentswa lodges) and had only one leopard sighting but it was most enjoyable. We arrived at Leijersdraai waterhole at 08h00 last week Tuesday and found Safran and her cub, Tebogo, drinking.

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We last saw them November 2012 when her cub was very small and s/he did not come down out of the tree at the waterhole, only Safran drank. This time we were able to spend 20 minutes with them as they interacted in the open in wonderful early morning lighting!

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Not one other vehicle was there - sad in a way but also a relief as so many times the speedsters come racing into a sighting or waterhole and chase the subjects away.

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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread postby AstroMatt » Fri Aug 23, 2013 10:38 pm

Wonderful sighting fazekma :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up:
It's great to know that Tebogo has made it through the year and is looking very healthy.
Lets hope he/she will continue to entertain people at Lijersdraai.
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