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 Post subject: Re: Leopard with Snare near Lower Sabie.
Unread postPosted: Thu Jan 09, 2014 9:57 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: Leopard with Snare near Lower Sabie.
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 Post subject: Re: Leopard with Snare near Lower Sabie.
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The leopard is still alive. We saw him on a night drive late last week, came right next to the car, about 2 km from camp on main road, snare clearly visible. He was sitting next to the vehicle for a long time, licking his wounds, seems he wanted us to see and actually help him. Very sad. The guide made no attempt to contact the ranger. We advised the ranger the next day to check.


This is very upsetting. How long can this great animal survive? He must be in pain. Something must be done.
Please, please help our beautiful leopard.
:cry: :cry: :cry: :cry:

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 Post subject: Re: Leopard with Snare near Lower Sabie.
Unread postPosted: Fri Jan 10, 2014 12:13 pm 
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Dear All

We appreciate your suggestions made in an effort to save the leopard. Please note that we are also worried about this situation and looking at all possible ways to save this animal. After some of the messages we received about the whereabouts of this leopards the section ranger has decided to bring back the cage. This time around the cage has been placed in a different position. We are currently monitoring the situation closely.

Allow me to explain that it if difficult to use a chopper/helicopter to get closer to a leopard. When you dart an animal from the air you need to be at some certain range/distance to reach an animal. Therefore we can only use chopper/helicopter for big animals like elephants and buffalos. Cage remains the best possible solution for us to catch this leopard. We can only dart it from the cage once it is trapped.

We appreciate feedback from visitors who from time to time alert the section ranger when they spot this leopard and encourage others to assist as well.

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 Post subject: Re: Leopard with Snare near Lower Sabie.
Unread postPosted: Fri Jan 10, 2014 12:16 pm 
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Thank you Stephens.L for the feedback I'm sure they are doing their best to capture it, just hope the succeed soon :pray:

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 Post subject: Re: Leopard with Snare near Lower Sabie.
Unread postPosted: Mon Jan 13, 2014 1:11 pm 
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This topic has been going on way too long and no luck as yet.
The guides that are on sunset drives or night drives are in radio contact.
If the leopard was spotted and was stationary according to the report, don't you think the right thing for the ranger to do was to contact the relevant authorities immediately and wait at that position until someone arrives to update them
Obviously the guide would have known about this leopard with the snare, certainly a very bad reflection on the guides part

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 Post subject: Re: Leopard with Snare near Lower Sabie.
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SAF, I agree with you.

It saddens me to think what this beautiful animal must endure.
SeanP post the topic about the leopard with the snare near LS on 8 October 2013.
Three months have passed.........
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 Post subject: Re: Leopard with Snare near Lower Sabie.
Unread postPosted: Mon Jan 13, 2014 6:55 pm 
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Dear All,

Perhaps those of us planning to stay at Lower Sabie can get the contact details of the ranger and inform him directly should we see this leopard. Please have your dart gun ready sir! This leopard is clearly a survivor! Let us be proactive and do something!


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 Post subject: Re: Leopard with Snare near Lower Sabie.
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That poor Leopard, I really hope that they can help it soon :pray: :pray:

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 Post subject: Re: Leopard with Snare near Lower Sabie.
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Some friends on facebook have seen a leopard near LS with a scar around the neck ...
does that mean the snare was removed? :D

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 Post subject: Re: Leopard with Snare near Lower Sabie.
Unread postPosted: Tue Jan 21, 2014 10:19 am 
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It could mean a few things
Either the rangers got hold of it and removed it which I doubt as we would have heard from Sanparks
The leopard could have tried somehow to pull it off and injured itself while breaking it off
Or the snare became tighter and the wire has penetrated deeper just showing the scar from the outside

Sanparks please tell us it was removed

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 Post subject: Re: Leopard with Snare near Lower Sabie.
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Have any one seen the leopard recently? No news from Sanparks?

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 Post subject: Re: Leopard with Snare near Lower Sabie.
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I have recently completed 9 nights at Lower Sabie and made it my personal mission to find this leopard. Alleged sightings of him (according to a friend who guides from Croc Bridge) have been between Sunset Dam and the Gomondwane loop north entrance. On day 2 we spotted a leopard in a sausage tree not far from the road. Fortunately he was most obliging and we immediately noticed a healing wound that circled his throat and neck. The snare has fallen off by itself and he is in excellent condition. The wounds look clean and appear to be mending. This leopard is a true survivor and his genes will prosper in the Lower Sabie region for years to come. I am sure he has been through quite a bit of discomfort but I am pleased to report that he is prospering. RESULT!!!

The big question is: How did he become ensnared?


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 Post subject: Re: Leopard with Snare near Lower Sabie.
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Thank you SeanP for posting the good news about the leopard, I'm so pleased his wounds are healing and he seems to be in a good condition :dance: :dance:
It's seems as if he is a true survivor :clap: :clap:

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 Post subject: Re: Leopard with Snare near Lower Sabie.
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Thank you, SeanP. That is wonderful news. It is amazing how animals' wounds can heal - not always, I know, but often. (I've had horses with huge holes in them and, once healed, you can hardly see a mark).

May this leopard live a long and "productive" life. He is lucky to have shed the snare and no major infection set in.

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