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Re: My Kruger Exsperiences ( The Jeep yogi Version)

Unread postby Dirk.V.E. Neethling » Tue Apr 21, 2009 4:08 pm

And here is same more...






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Re: Leopard

Unread postby onewithnature » Fri Apr 24, 2009 4:14 am

I have a curious question: can two male leopards cross within 50 metres of each other? Wouldn't they put up some display regarding the mutual encroachment on their personal territories?

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Re: Leopard

Unread postby Birdie » Fri Apr 24, 2009 7:27 am

I would have expected the fur to fly! I don't think that it is usual for them to be so near to each other without putting up some show. I looked it up in two books, both say that males are loners and their territories usually don't overlap. I also read about a study where 5 males were monitored. 3 died after fights with other males.
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Re: Leopard

Unread postby Nico » Fri May 01, 2009 10:51 pm

great photo Johan.

Here I have two old Leopard video's that I made in Krugerpark some years ago.

Video The Leopard Kill:

and video, The Vegetarian Leopard:

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Re: Leopard

Unread postby Emily86 » Sat May 02, 2009 1:12 am

Wonderful Nico, as always :clap:
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Re: Leopard

Unread postby bishop3006 » Tue May 19, 2009 10:41 am

This is probably during the wildebeest migration up north, so is not SANParks, but wow, have you ever seen a leopard doing this? Saw this YouTube video linked on another site and just had to share it here!!

Leopard taking down 2 blue wildebeest!! Speak about taking the opportunity!

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Re: Leopard

Unread postby MikeGoss » Sat May 23, 2009 12:51 pm

We had taken a wrong turning from the planned route on the last morning of our April 2009 visit and turned to go back the way we had just come. Lo and behold what had we just passed....

Wonderful wonderful sighting to share with you all.


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Re: Leopard

Unread postby Luren » Sun May 31, 2009 3:10 pm

A leopard we saw on 14 May near BnD.
300m before that we got a big male that walked into the bush. To our delight we got this female walking on the road!

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Re: Leopard

Unread postby DOGMAD » Wed Jul 08, 2009 12:01 pm


This is my favourite leopard pic, i took it on the s137 near Dukes water hole
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Re: Leopard killing Porcupine!!!

Unread postby Andre Theunissen » Sat Jul 18, 2009 10:22 am

Good day all,
I would just like to share this video of a Leopard Killing a Porcupine with you.
I took this video a couple of weeks ago in the Sabi Sand Dudly Area! I thougt it was a dream at the time, this was the most fantastic sighting I’ve ever had!!!!

You got to love it!!!! :dance: :dance:

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Re: Leopard

Unread postby Andre Theunissen » Sun Jul 19, 2009 11:27 am

Hello all, just a couple more photos! I just love this animal!!!! Also taken in the Sabi Sand.



I'll send some more Kruger Leopards later!

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Nesting Leopard

Unread postby francoisd » Tue Jul 21, 2009 4:08 pm

Ever heard of a "nesting" leopard before?

The following form the SA Rare Bird Alert for 20 July 2009.

The second record comes from the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve and is not
so much about the rarity of the species seen, but rather about the
circumstances. A young female LEOPARD has apparently taken to using the nest
of a pair of African Fish Eagles (much to their dismay as they protest
loudly from the tops of nearby trees!) as her temporary home to survey the
surrounding world. It’s not every day that you hear about something like
this happening. And you thought this would have no relevance to birds at

To see a photo of the leopard on the nest go to the report
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Re: Leopard

Unread postby Maddie88 » Mon Aug 10, 2009 11:32 am

Hi everyone!!

Some of you might already have seen these pics on my TR, but I'll share them none the less.....

5km's from Skukuza in May 09. She dissapeared before we got there, so we waited and then, there she was, we were all alone with her for about 15mins.



This little one almost walked traight into the car. Grandad had to YELL STOP in order for us not to run over her, I didn't see her at first and only managed a few shots before she dissapeared.


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Re: Leopard

Unread postby Richprins » Fri Sep 25, 2009 7:05 pm

Here's today's article in our local paper - The Lowvelder:

Written by Mark Kinnear - Thursday, 24 September 2009 16:37
NELSPRUIT - It’s an African story older than the baobab trees, older than the river which carved out the Blyde River Canyon, as old as Mother Africa herself.
Survival of the fittest, of the strongest, happens thousands of times every day in the Kruger National Park.
It is only once or twice in a lifetime that human visitors to the park get to witness the law of the wild to the extent that it recently happened .
The impala’s story
I was near the S28 a few kilometres north of Crocodile Bridge Camp, doing what we impala do - grazing and staring at the passing vehicles of domestic tourists and the camera lenses of foreign tourists.
A few family members were with me.
It was afternoon and a cool breeze blew through the newly sprouted green grass.
I bent down to eat.
Suddenly the emergency shout came - run, danger!
We all bolted.
Out of the corner of my eye I saw a cheetah.
I knew I could not outrun the fastest land mammal and as I saw my family escaping to safety I felt the sharp claws dig into me.
The incisors ripped into my neck I could feel the life being squeezed out of me.
It went dark and I felt no more pain.
The cheetah’s story
It had been a few days since I had eaten.
The previous day’s hunting had been unsuccessful.
But my luck was about to change.
As a safari vehicle full of foreign tourists spotted me and the camera shutters started clicking, I saw it, a small herd of impala.
The wind was blowing towards me and I crouched and slowly started to stalk.
In a second I accelerated to maximum speed.
She never had a chance.
The kill was quick.
I was ravenous and her carcass was still warm, as I started tearing flesh from the rump.
As I said, my luck had changed. I felt extremely satisfied.
The leopard’s story
As I hid in the grass from the tourists on a safari vehicle, I scowled.
Where would my next meal come from?
Then, as if Mother Nature herself had answered my question, I heard a commotion a few hundred metres away.
I approached quietly and a few minutes later saw a cheetah eating an impala.
I could hear her purring with pleasure as she chewed the best and tastiest meat from the rump. My mouth watered.
I knew it would be a fight to the death, but I had the advantage of surprise as her mind was on her meal.
I executed the attack perfectly.
I saw the terror in her eyes as I placed my mouth over her neck and part of her head.
She struggled and I pressed my jaws together and it was over.
Her blood was as sweet as my victory. I dragged the impala into a nearby tree and placed her gently on a branch.
Then I did the same with the cheetah.
I did not want to lose either of them to those pesky hyenas or a lion.
As I rested my tired muscles I looked at the two enemies lying next to each other on the same tree branch - united in death.
Some distance away vehicles gathered.
The humans were chattering in high-pitched tones and seemed excited about something.
I felt strong, no, I felt the strongest.
The leopard that caught the cheetah that caught the impala.
This was the amazing sequence of events that was recently witnessed by tourists on an afternoon game drive in the southern Kruger National Park.
Later more vehicles arrived at the scene and were fortunate enough to see the two carcasses hanging in a fever tree.
According to Raymond Travers, media relations practitioner of the Kruger National Park, this kill was unusual, but not unexpected, as a leopard is an opportunistic hunter. "The rangers and scientists I have spoken to, all say this is a rare occurrence," said Travers.
Brian Gardiner, a tourist from Belize in Central America, arrived at the double kill after his safari vehicle’s guide had been tipped off by a fellow guide.
"We were all absolutely amazed, and in my 20 years of being involved with the safari industry in east and southern Africa, I have only once heard of a similar occurrence, but never where the host carnivore and its prey had both been harvested as food," he said.
"On our arrival at the sighting, the leopard was briefly seen under a low bush in the vicinity of the fever tree, but as it was still light it moved away.
We could clearly see the impala that was placed a metre or so further along one of the major branches from the junction with the main trunk of the tree, some 10 metres from the ground. Lying prone over the same branch close to the junction was the cheetah carcass," he explained.
According to Gardiner, they returned to the sighting the following afternoon, and once again, they didn’t see the leopard, but did observe that only the impala seemed to have been fed on and the cheetah appeared to be untouched.
"We were extremely fortunate and privileged to have been close enough to observe what I have described, and it emphasizes the massive importance that places like the Kruger National Park, are for the continuance of these and other such dramas, which make up the intricate and rich tapestry of life, without which we are all sure to perish," concluded Gardiner.

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Re: Leopard

Unread postby Crested Barbet » Mon Sep 28, 2009 8:01 pm

Had two good leopard sightings durring my last holiday (Dec. 08) in KNP.

Leopard (after lunch) near Malelane gate, Dec 3.

Beauty near Shingwedzi, Dec. 24.

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