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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread postby anne-marie » Wed Jun 05, 2013 8:36 pm

Jo, you need a lesson of... geographic :lol:
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread postby Jo » Thu Jun 06, 2013 8:07 pm

And anatomy Anne-marie!!!

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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread postby AstroMatt » Tue Jun 11, 2013 11:53 am

So the next update to the KTP leopards is a very old sighting.
Peterpiper posted a picture of a leopard in a tree in his 2006 trip report (post date 17th May 2006)
Peterpiper's report May 06

I was never able to identify this leopard and i wasn't sure if it was because it was a new leopard or just a hard ID! However, I was sent a recent historical sighting that has now allowed me to identify this leopard as a new (historical) individual. Unfortunately i don't have permission yet to post the comparison pictures from this new sighting.

Peterpiper has sent me a few more images of this leopard (many thanks :thumbs_up: ) and s/he will appear in the guide as L-52.
Kgalagadi Leopard Project
http://www.ast.uct.ac.za/~schurch/leopards/

Please use the online form or download the spreadsheet to report leopard sightings.
You can also download a free copy of the identification guides for KTP and Augrabies.
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread postby AstroMatt » Tue Jun 11, 2013 1:13 pm

So now some exciting news...
The KTP guide now has a sister guide in the form of a guide for the leopards of Augrabies Falls National Park.
Although there are only two currently known leopards I thought it was worth putting something together so people can see where they have been seen and what details we have on them so far.

A great thanks must go to the great work of Augrabies Guru in finding the leopards on the night drives and to Jane Hendrickse for supplying photos of the first sighting :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up:

Also a big thank you to the forumites who provided the camera for the guides at Augrabies :thumbs_up:

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The guide (5Mb in size) can be found at my website below.
I hope you all like it.
Kgalagadi Leopard Project
http://www.ast.uct.ac.za/~schurch/leopards/

Please use the online form or download the spreadsheet to report leopard sightings.
You can also download a free copy of the identification guides for KTP and Augrabies.
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread postby anne-marie » Tue Jun 11, 2013 3:46 pm

wow superb AstroMatt, superb :clap: :clap: :clap:
thank you for all this hard and wonderful work... and now a sister :k

even Safran is a "vedette" (star) :wink:

I wish I could have some Leopards in my country............. :lol:
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread postby WillieV » Wed Jun 12, 2013 7:46 am

Thank you AstroMatt.
KGALAGADI May 2015

August 2014 short trip to Kgalagadi.

Kgalagadi May 2014 with Lion vs Leopard and the "Love Birds"
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread postby AstroMatt » Thu Jun 13, 2013 2:16 pm

Glad you like the new guide anne-marie and WillieV.

@anne-marie....i thought you would like Safran's cameo ;)

So onto my next update.
Right at the bottom of Oumie's April 2012 trip report there is a sighting of a leopard near Twee Rivieren on 18/03/2012.
Oumie Kgalagadi trip...cannot wait! April 2012
Even from this picture i had a feeling that it might be a new leopard but i don't remember why.
Oumie recently sent me the original picture and i have been unable to match the spots on the right hand side of the body to any of the known leopards. So we have a 53rd leopard.
Unfortunately Oumie doesn't have any other photos of this sighting as it was far away. If any one knows of a friend who was in the park at the time of this sighting then they might have some really useful photos that could be used in the guide.
Here is the higher resolution version of Oumie's picture
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Kgalagadi Leopard Project
http://www.ast.uct.ac.za/~schurch/leopards/

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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread postby AstroMatt » Mon Jun 17, 2013 10:25 pm

Here are the last two new leopards I've heard about recently. These two are a mother and cub found in the Botswana section of the park near Mubuasehube pan. They were sighted by Manus Coetzee on 3rd April 2012.
I've created a separate section in the guide for the Botswana leopards and for the moment they will remain unnamed and will just have the scientific tags L-54 and L-55.
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I plan to have the next version of the guide out by the end of the week before i head up to the park for a week.
Kgalagadi Leopard Project
http://www.ast.uct.ac.za/~schurch/leopards/

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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread postby anne-marie » Tue Jun 18, 2013 4:55 am

wow 54 and 55 :dance:

and "again" one week in the park :hmz: how many would you find :mrgreen:
enjoy, enjoy :dance:
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread postby AstroMatt » Tue Jun 18, 2013 8:58 am

The numbers keep going up :)

@ Anne-marie, this time i'm not sure i'll get to see any as we are going up for a walking trail with the bushmen. Taking a couple of nights on the way up at Augrabies to try and find one of the leopards there, then 4 nights sleeping out on top of one of the dunes in the !Ae!Hai Kalahari Hertage Park section of KTP (its the Khomani San/Mier community section) doing walking trails each day and then a final night at TR.....so going to be lucky to see any but got my fingers crossed. :pray:
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http://www.ast.uct.ac.za/~schurch/leopards/

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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread postby anne-marie » Tue Jun 18, 2013 3:55 pm

what a nice program :dance:

I will cross the fingers.. all the time :thumbs_up:
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread postby AstroMatt » Fri Jun 21, 2013 11:42 am

So the new version of the KTP guide is now on my website, KTP Leopard Identification Guide 2013-06-21.pdf.
There are quite a few changes to this version, obviously the new leopards, some range updates, and new names for some of the previously unnamed leopards.

There is one change that might be a bit confusing but it really shouldn't effect anyone. I have changed a few of the historical leopards names that had been given my scientific naming in the guide. The new names are still the scientific names but they now represent the order in which the leopard was reported to me.
L-2 is now L-35.
L-3 is now L-36.
L-4 is now L-42.
As i said these leopards are primarily of interest on the scientific side as only one person has seen any of them and they are most likely not around any more.

If anyone spots any mistakes then do please let me know and i shall make the necessary changes.
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Kgalagadi Leopard Project
http://www.ast.uct.ac.za/~schurch/leopards/

Please use the online form or download the spreadsheet to report leopard sightings.
You can also download a free copy of the identification guides for KTP and Augrabies.
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread postby WillieV » Fri Jun 21, 2013 1:27 pm

AstroMatt thank you for all the hard work, we really do appreciate.
Thank you also that you excepted my name for Leopard no 50.

SETHUNYA meaning A Flower.
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More photos of her later in my trip report.
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Kgalagadi May 2014 with Lion vs Leopard and the "Love Birds"
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread postby anne-marie » Fri Jun 21, 2013 2:54 pm

thank you AstroMatt :k
I run immediatly to load... on my PC and laptop and even I print some pages, when I need to try to recognize one or another :wink:
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread postby Jo » Thu Jun 27, 2013 6:53 am

Leopard mom and subadult cub seen about 2km south of Cheleka waterhole on 18/6/13. Unfortunately they were on the far side of the river bed so the photos are heavily cropped and so of bad quality :evil: ......if anyone can help with an ID it would be greatly appeciated!

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