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 Post subject: Re: Leopard
Unread postPosted: Sun Jun 03, 2012 6:07 pm 
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Hi lisavanv
A BIG welcome to the forum.
You have made my day! :gflower: The leopard you saw is/was? Marie. You saw her about a month after she was first seen at Marie's se Draai in KTP. From the first sighting we believed she was very sick as she was very thin, she also had an amber right eye. From your pic, she seems in slightly better condition a month later. :thumbs_up: For some pix of her first sighting you can go to

http://www.ast.uct.ac.za/~schurch/leopards/

or the KTP leopard ID thread

viewtopic.php?style=2&f=38&t=18567&start=480
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There is an ongoing KTP leopard ID project. If you look at the first address I gave you, you will find a leopard ID booklet you can download, as well as a spreadsheet. If possible, could you fill in the spreadsheet for the project, with details of your sighting and a pic or two. Also, You are welcome to include any details of previous KTP leopard sightings and pix. The more info we collect, the better it is for the project. You will also find AstroMatt's e-mail address included with the spreadsheet format(KTP leopard sightings).

In case you do not have time to fill in the spreadsheet, can I ask you where did you see her and what was she doing?
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 Post subject: Re: Leopard
Unread postPosted: Mon Jun 04, 2012 6:35 pm 
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Hi lisavanv,
Great sighting and you are right she is a small leopard and not doing very well :( . As Wanderw has pointed out you can find out more about the parks leopards looking in my guide and on the leopard ID thread....thanks Wanderw :thumbs_up:

You said you've seen many leos over the years. If you have other sightings of KTP leopards then i would really like to hear about them for my project. If you could fill in the spreadsheet with all your leo sightings in KTP and send it to me i would really appreciate it :pray: . If you would like to try and identify the leos first then it would save me a lot of work (just attach an example pic so i can confirm) otherwise you could send me the photos that you think i can use to id them ie side shots, or head shots. If there are a lot of pics then email me first and we can find an easier way of sending them other than email.

Thanks ...and to anyone else out there that has similar historical sightings please do send them in as they are as important if not more so that current new sightings as they could provide ages and or links between leopards. :pray: :pray:

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 Post subject: Re: Leopard
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I haven't been to KTP in 2 years, so my memory is a bit hazy.
Here's another pic of her.
I will try do the spreadsheet :) But as I said, I don't remember much.
I'm excited to dig up some pics and share them :)

I see in the Identification doc that it says Marie was deceased March 2010. My pics were taken in April 2010 :) Would have loved to have seen Marie up close because that amber eye is amazing!

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 Post subject: Re: Leopard
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Great pics. I agree with it being a female

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 Post subject: Re: Leopard
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If I remember correctly she was in between Marie se draai & Kaspersdraai - making her way towards Marie se draai.
She looked quite ill. She was panting quite a lot, I actually have a little 30sec clip of her walking, she looks as though she is very tired.
I'm assuming she is deceased? Or has she not been spotted since then?


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 Post subject: Re: Leopard
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Hi Everyone,

We just returned from our trip to Kruger and we were amazed to see 6 Leopards! I have not gotten through all of the photos yet but here are some images of the first two Leopards we saw.

Two images of the first leopard spotted near Berg En Dal midday. We had the Leopard to ourselves for a bit then 2 cars joined and it moved off into the bush.
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The second leopard we saw I believe on the s36 also midday. Great sighting all to ourselves for about 10 minutes!
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 Post subject: Re: Leopard
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Stunning images and love the info :clap:

Few images of a young Leopard we spot on the S125. We were the only car and he pose for a few great shots.

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 Post subject: Re: Leopard
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Stunning leopard pics :clap:
That S125 leopard is a poser :cam:

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 Post subject: Re: Leopard
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Lake Panic Leopard - taken on the gravel road to the hide

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WOW, such a Beautiful pic of the Leopard and hopefully I will see this Leopard during one of my first trip to the South of Kruger.

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Had a nice visit with a Leopard and her cub. Had young Impala kill. Road H1-3 and junction of S125. November 2011

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 Post subject: Re: Leopard
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This is my favourite sighting of leopard.
We were watching lions further up the road at the bridge when i noticed a car at the intersection for a few minutes, decided to see what it was all about.
Well guess what.... we were with the leopard for about 20 minutes, only 3 cars, before it jumped off and crossed the road into the bush.......
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 Post subject: Re: My top 3 leopard sightings in Kruger
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Eventualy came right with posting pics...
This is my favourite sighting of leopard.
We were watching lions further up the road at the bridge when i noticed a car at the intersection for a few minutes, decided to see what it was all about.
Well guess what.... we were with the leopard for about 20 minutes, only 3 cars, before it jumped off and crossed the road into the bush.......
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WOW, such a great sighting. Thank you soo much for sharing :clap: :clap: :clap:

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 Post subject: Re: My top 3 leopard sightings in Kruger
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Unfortunately I do not have photos of my best 3 leopard sightings - although 2 is on video.

June 1981 We travelled down the (now) S114 from Skukuza (then still known as the H3 as the present H3 tar road via Afsaal was not built yet). Between the two S23 junctions we came upon a leopard lying on top of a termite mound - we were the only car then as the other two vehicles moved off when we arrived. What the people in the other cars did not know (and us too) was that the leopard was waiting for mommy warthog and her youngsters to make their appearance from an aardvark hole in the termite mound. Mommy and the first youngster escaped, but the second one appearing from the hole was not as lucky and the leopard got hold of it by the throat. I was still using a 8 mm movie camera those days. A few years later I had it put onto video - unfortunately very poor quality.

June 1989 We were on our way on the H1-4 to Olifants. Between Ngotso Dam and the S39/S89 crossing my wife (who was driving) noticed a movement amongst some reeds next to the Ngotso Creek. She was not sure, but said it looked like a leopard disappearing into the tuft of reeds. We could not see the water level in the creek, but knew there was water as the ground around the area was moist. On the other side of the creek a few impala rams were standing. It looked as if they planned to come down to the water (next to the reed tuft) to drink. A few cars stopped in the meantime - everybody asking what we are looking at. Telling them that my wife thinks that she has seen a leopard, they would idle a minute or two and then leave again. The impalas never came down to the water. But after a few minutes mommy warthog and two of her youngsters appeared from nowhere - walking actively in the direction of the water. Mommy suddenly stopped - then turned around and led her youngster away - disappearing from our eye-sight. A minute later she decided that she is too thirsty and came back to the water. Just as all three of them bend down to start drinking, the tuft of reeds exploded as the leopard dived towards the youngster standing nearest to him. Mommy took off in the direction from where they came and the other youngster ran in our direction and crossed the road in front of our car. As the leopard came to its feet again, with the youngster held by the right shoulder, mommy decided that she's not gonna let het child being taken as easy prey. She turned around and stormed the unsuspecting leopard and hit him with everything in her power in the side. He let go of the youngster and both of them (the youngster bleeding a lot) also crossed the road in front of us. The leopard sat there for a while to recover and then slowly walked off. That scene was not photographed nor taken on video.

May 2006 Coming back from N'wanetsi to Satara on the S100 we saw a (what appeared to be a young) leopard on some rocks next to the water. I took a nice video and the next moment my wife said he is going to catch the terrapin in the water. As my video camera is still one of the old sort - only having a black and white view finder - I did not notice the terrapin at first. It was only as it tried to get out of the water onto the rocks (not aware of the leopard) that I saw the terapin for the first time. The leopard was lying flat - typically cat-like - waiting for the terrapin to get out of the water totally. Then it raised it hind and the terrapin immediately recognised the danger and just fell back into the water. The leopard walked off and went to lie down in the shade of a bush where we could not see it any further.

And in all three cases we were the only car watching the action.

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