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 Post subject: Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification
Unread postPosted: Wed Jan 09, 2013 5:49 pm 
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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: )

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Mario's sighting was at 18:00 on the 22 November 2012.

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

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

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

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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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oups ! thank you wanderw :pray:

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

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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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