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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread postby AstroMatt » Wed Jan 09, 2013 5:49 pm

Great pictures and welcome to the forum Jaco.

When I was in the park in Dec I kept hearing of rumours of a leopard with a cub on the Nossob side around the Lijersdraai waterhole. However, nobody I met had any photos that they could show me.
But I received an email from Mario Fazekas (kruger-to-kalahari website) that finally allowed the mystery of who it was to be put to bed.

Thanks to Mario :thumbs_up: we know that Safran is currently a proud mum or a leopard who is probably around 4-6 months old (age is very difficult so please take this with a pinch of salt :wink: )

Courtesy of Mario Fazekas
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Mario's sighting was at 18:00 on the 22 November 2012.
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Please use the online form or download the spreadsheet to report leopard sightings.
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread postby anne-marie » Wed Jan 09, 2013 10:03 pm

. :dance: :dance: :dance: Safran... you are the best... :clap: :clap: :clap:
will try too find both of you in March :pray: .... but only 2 nights at Nossob :shock: :wall: :wall:
thank you AstroMatt and Mario Fazekas :wink: :D
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread postby lion queen » Thu Jan 10, 2013 7:53 am

AstroMatt, Franco told us too of Safran and her cub ( apparently she had two and then only seen with one), but we could not find her during our November or December trip.

Great to see this photo!!! :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread postby wanderw » Thu Jan 10, 2013 7:59 am

@Evel - Many thanks for posting your very interesting series of pix of Dakotah and Gertie:mrgreen: , and for sending the details to AstroMatt. :gflower:

@jacowolmarans - Welcome and thank you for posting N!xau and Safran. :dance: :thumbs_up: Super sighting!

@Sharifa - Thanx for posting Leopard Magnet! :gflower:

Lovely to see N!xau after all this time! :dance:

@AstroMatt and Mario Fazekas - Thank you for the evidence! :wink: :thumbs_up:

@lion queen - thanx for the extra info on Safran! :thumbs_up:

As AstroMatt said, the 'rumour no more' of the leopard and cub at Ljiersdraai has been around KTP for some time. Mario saw Safran and the cub on the 22nd of November. If anybody else out there has pix of Safran and her cub, please post. :pray:
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread postby anne-marie » Thu Jan 10, 2013 8:28 am

will do... will do... in April :lol: :pray:
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread postby Scouter » Thu Jan 10, 2013 11:44 am

What is the cub eating up in the tree ? Looks horribly like a jackal ?
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread postby jacowolmarans » Thu Jan 10, 2013 12:35 pm

Not wanting to be the harbinger of bad news, but regarding Safran's cub, Dr Matthew Schurch mentioned that N!xau may have killed it to bring Safran back on heat.

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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread postby anne-marie » Thu Jan 10, 2013 5:15 pm

. :shock: I don't know if I understand correctly... no more Safran's cub :? ... or ?
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread postby wanderw » Thu Jan 10, 2013 5:45 pm

jacowolmarans wrote:Not wanting to be the harbinger of bad news, but regarding Safran's cub, Dr Matthew Schurch mentioned that N!xau may have killed it to bring Safran back on heat.


Yes, a possibility, NOT a certainty! Until more forumites post or report to AstroMatt re Safran and her cub, we do not know whether the cub is still alive. N!xau may also be the father of the cub. If so, the cub is safe, and N!xau will check on Safran every now and then to see when she is ready to mate again.
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread postby anne-marie » Thu Jan 10, 2013 5:54 pm

oups ! thank you wanderw :pray:
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread postby AstroMatt » Thu Jan 10, 2013 6:44 pm

Thanks for clearing that up Wanderw :gflower: , you are right that it could be either possibility and we shalln't know for sure until there is another sighting of the cub.
So if anyone has or has herad of any sighitngs of Safran and the cub it would be really great to have the reports.
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread postby Sharifa » Fri Jan 18, 2013 9:47 pm

We saw Tsamma at 6.45am on 27 December 2012 at the southern entrance of 13 borehole. She was skittish and quickly made her way into the dunes

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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread postby Sharifa » Fri Jan 18, 2013 9:51 pm

Also on the 27 December 2012 at 5.55PM at Gemsbokplein we saw Miera who was a lot more relaxed :D

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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread postby anne-marie » Fri Jan 18, 2013 9:53 pm

superb :clap: :clap: :clap:
Miera is always relax :lol:
and nice to see Tsamma again :thumbs_up:
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread postby Sharifa » Sat Jan 19, 2013 5:20 pm

At 5.45 am on the 28 December 2012, 2.7km south of Urikaruus, we saw Dakotah and Amur. They were in a hurry to get on the dunes

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