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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread postby enrico » Mon Jan 16, 2012 5:20 pm

My apologies for a mistake in my previous post regarding the number of leopards estimated to be in KTP. :redface: :redface:
I have just checked the Official Information Guide to KTP which estimates the leopard population at 150.

Still leaves over 100 to be discovered.

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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread postby AstroMatt » Tue Jan 17, 2012 9:08 am

Thanks for the comments.

@Wanderw, I've added the times to my previous post. As for the ID of the Auchterlonie Cub, she put on quite a performance and i have a lot of side and head shots that allowed the match. I am currently updating the ID book so you will see them there. I don't have a great connection so i wanted to keep the uploads down to a minimum.

As for the number of leopards in the park, after having spoken to a lot of people in the park we largely believe that number to be "plucked out of thin air" hopefully this work will be able to put a better, more believable number to the population.
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread postby Jan van Wyk » Tue Jan 17, 2012 5:02 pm

On our trip December we were lucky on our first afternoon drive found the two Leopards.We first spot the mother between Houmoed and Monro in the river walking towards us. Then we spotted the youngster against the Dune.
Is this the Auchterlonie cub?

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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread postby AstroMatt » Tue Jan 17, 2012 5:29 pm

What a lovely sighting Jan :clap: and you are spot :wink: on with your identifications. The first leopard is the Auchterlonie female and the second is indeed her cub. :thumbs_up:

Could i ask a favour, in addition to reporting the sighting here could you download the spread sheet on my site and report your sightings to me in that form. http://www.ast.uct.ac.za/~schurch/leopards/ you can also get the old copy of the guide from there. I'm currently updating it with all the new leopards seen over december.
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread postby Duke Ellieton » Wed Jan 18, 2012 8:04 pm

Khomani see at 13 borehole on the 27 Decmber 2011 - have emailed updated excel file to you AstroMatt :thumbs_up:

She was on the opposite bank and photos are heavily cropped

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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread postby wanderw » Thu Jan 19, 2012 1:28 am

@Jan van Wyk - Great pix and great sightings of the Auchterlonie female and her cub. :clap: :thumbs_up: Thanx for posting! :D

@Duke - Thanx for the pix and :thumbs_up: with the ID, Khomani. Now you and Sharifa have seen both Miera and her mom! :dance:
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread postby AstroMatt » Thu Jan 19, 2012 7:23 pm

OK, so i had an interesting picture sent to me to ID from p@m.
I've decided that it would make the perfect photo for an ID challenge. To keep it fun for everyone please pm me your answer before Saturday morning. I shall then post the answer and who got it right. To add a little spice to the mix the first person to get the correct answer to me can suggest a name for the new Dikbaardskolk Cub No.2 (will be in the new version of the guide).

So below is p@m's photo. As a starting hint it was taken in the Nossob river.
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Happy IDing and goodluck :D
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread postby Son godin » Thu Jan 19, 2012 9:24 pm

Hi,

Its the first time I read this thread and found that you guys are really lucky with leopards. :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: My first two in KTP was spotted in 2006 and thereafter we did not have much luck. During Dec we saw one leopard near Geinab. We visited Dikbaardskolk 3 times and now luck like AstroMatt. Below is my speckle of a leopard.

Old pics from 2006 near Munro.

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Latest sighting on 5 Dec north of Grootkolk near Geinab

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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread postby AstroMatt » Thu Jan 19, 2012 9:42 pm

Welcome to the ID thread Son Godin. You had me slightly confused for a second with your pics :hmz: .
Both the first two leopards you have seen near Munro are the famous Maja :clap: :mrgreen: . However, your first picture has been reflected and is actually showing her right hand side :whistle: .

The last picture is unfortunately going to be too hard to ID but great sighting :)

If you have the time could you fill these sighting details in on the spreadsheet downloadable from my site and send it to me.
Thanks
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread postby wanderw » Thu Jan 19, 2012 11:17 pm

@Son godin - Lovely sighting of Maja. :thumbs_up: When did you see her in 2006?

AstroMatt wrote:Welcome to the ID thread Son Godin. You had me slightly confused for a second with your pics :hmz: .
Both the first two leopards you have seen near Munro are the famous Maja :clap: :mrgreen: . However, your first picture has been reflected and is actually showing her right hand side :whistle: .



Wish I could say 'slightly confused for a second' :whistle: I knew I had seen that heart and comma before, but could not place it. Well done AstroMatt! :thumbs_up:

As far as the ID challenge goes - Good Luck Forumites! :thumbs_up:
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread postby wanderw » Thu Jan 26, 2012 1:43 pm

Reporting back on the ID Challenge:

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This was Safran, seen by p@m on the 29th October 2010, near Kannaguass.

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(Compare the spot patterns on the visible parts of her back leg/bum. )Thank you p@m! :D

As we have had a few comments about forumites struggling with IDing, an easier ID challenge will be posted in the near future! :thumbs_up:
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread postby AstroMatt » Fri Jan 27, 2012 2:49 pm

Thanks Wanderw for posting the answer to the challenge, maybe an easier ID pic would be better to start things off.

To help in that matter i just wanted to let people know that the newest version of the guide is now up on my site.
Whats been updated?
There are a bunch of new leopards included, new photos for older leopards (better pic quality, brighter), some updates to ranges and general information. We also now know who Langklaas's mother is and so that is updated, but i'll also post separately here about that.
We have also finalised the names of some of the more recently added leopards. There are still a couple that need new names but i am waiting for some people to get back to me on them so there might be some more changes in a while.

But for the moment i would say this guide is significantly different and more extensive than the past one so probably best downloading it and binning the old version.

Any questions etc please feel free to PM me.

http://www.ast.uct.ac.za/~schurch/leopards/
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread postby Son godin » Fri Jan 27, 2012 4:31 pm

wanderw wrote:@Son godin - Lovely sighting of Maja. :thumbs_up: When did you see her in 2006?

AstroMatt wrote:Welcome to the ID thread Son Godin. You had me slightly confused for a second with your pics :hmz: .
Both the first two leopards you have seen near Munro are the famous Maja :clap: :mrgreen: . However, your first picture has been reflected and is actually showing her right hand side :whistle: .



Wish I could say 'slightly confused for a second' :whistle: I knew I had seen that heart and comma before, but could not place it. Well done AstroMatt! :thumbs_up:

As far as the ID challenge goes - Good Luck Forumites! :thumbs_up:


Hi,

The sighting was on a freezing cold winter's morning in July 2006. We saw two leopards in the tree not far from Munro. I will be able to find the tree again, but difficult to give GPS points now. Its a few 100m after a No_entry road on the southern side of the road. I need to find the originals to give you exact times.

Here are some more pics of the two leopards. One was looking towards us lower down the tree, while the other one was eating on a springbok kill on top of a weavers nest:

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The leopards did not enjoy our attention and got out of the tree and walked towards the dunes.

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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread postby wanderw » Fri Jan 27, 2012 8:34 pm

@Son godin - Many thanks for the extra info! :gflower:
Your first 2 pix are of Maja - AstroMatt also IDed her before. :thumbs_up:
Your last 2 pix are of the Leeudril Male. :dance: We have not got many sightings of him, so this is a great help. A super sighting of the two leopards! :thumbs_up:

Will try to post a new ID Challenge later this evening, so that forumites can try out AstroMatt's new edition of the ID Booklet!
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread postby Son godin » Fri Jan 27, 2012 9:39 pm

Thanks for the info WanderW,

For one moment I thought it was Maja's mum, but the last of the pics shows its indeed a male. :roll: Does this means the Leeudril male is the father of Maja's offspring a few years back.


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