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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by 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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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by 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.
Enjoy
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Please use the online form or download the spreadsheet to report leopard sightings.
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by 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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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by 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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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by wanderw » Thu Jun 27, 2013 9:43 pm

@Jo - lovely sighting and thanx for posting! :gflower:
One old and one new! :dance: I believe you saw Tswana and her 'new' oldish cub. :mrgreen: At what time in the day did you see them?
If you send the originals to AstroMatt, he will check them once he gets back from his KTP trip.
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by WillieV » Fri Jun 28, 2013 7:08 am

Thanks for sharing Jo :clap: :clap:
We saw her older "cub" Balete in May.
See my report.
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by AstroMatt » Tue Jul 02, 2013 11:15 am

Brilliant news Jo :gflower:
@ Wanderw, you are 100% correct :thumbs_up: it is indeed Tswana and a new cub. Her movements are very interesting as she is barely seen except for when she has grown up cubs!

So looking at the time lines, i think Tswana's last cubs split from her at the beginning of 2012. If she mated almost immediately then her next litter would have been born some time around April maybe May. So this would then make the cub you saw about a year or so old....which fits in nicely with them still being with mum. This is really quite interesting as its telling us about the breeding rate, and it looks pretty fast!

I had a great trip walking with the bushmen, it really was an eye opener. I only managed to spend one day actually in the river bed and unfortunately didn't get any spots....except the ones on the very small lion cubs at Samevloeiing....will post them in another thread.

I did see leopard spoor in Augrabies through....thanks AG, and very close to the rest camp....which is really exciting.
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by andrew.ashton » Thu Jul 04, 2013 7:26 pm

Leopard sighting at Kgalagadi: Kousant Waterhole: Latitude/Longitude:-25.146911/20.424545: April 17, 2013:
Looks like newbies can't attach images so you can see it here. Very clear full face view.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/andrew_ashton/8735453338/in/set-72157633484121674/

I would love to know which leopard this is, thanks.

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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by anne-marie » Thu Jul 04, 2013 8:21 pm

andrew.ashton wrote:Leopard sighting at Kgalagadi: Kousant Waterhole: Latitude/Longitude:-25.146911/20.424545: April 17, 2013:
Looks like newbies can't attach images so you can see it here. Very clear full face view.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/andrew_ashton/8735453338/in/set-72157633484121674/

I would love to know which leopard this is, thanks.


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we will able to see you magnificent picture :clap:
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by AstroMatt » Thu Jul 04, 2013 8:22 pm

Hi Andrew.ashton,
Welcome to the forum. :D

Thanks for posting :thumbs_up: , you have some interesting pics :hmz: . I've taken a quick look and it would appear that you probably have a new leopard here. Could i ask you to fill in a full report on my website below and to send me a range of pictures so i can do a thorough check.

Do you also have an idea on the sex?
I also think that the leopard looks quite young, but also a bit underfed. A few other pics showing the condition would be great.
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by Red Dune » Tue Jul 16, 2013 8:51 am

Has anybody in recent times seen the leopard again at the waterhole
at Nossob ? I do have it that it was seen there for a couple of days
somewhere in the middle of May.

Your info to be appreciated.


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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by AstroMatt » Tue Jul 16, 2013 11:09 am

Hi Red Dune,
I'm not exactly sure which leopard you are asking about. Balete was seen for a few days at the Nossob hide in March, she even had a BBJ kill in a near by tree.
She is the last leopard i have recorded at the hide.

Since then Balete was seen multiple times along the Marie se Gat loop. These sightings were all at the start of May...is it possible you were asking about these?

I hope this helps but feel free to ask more questions.
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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 post by wanderw » Wed Jul 17, 2013 10:42 pm

@andrew.ashton - Lovely Kousant leopard! Thank you for posting. :thumbs_up:
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by wanderw » Wed Jul 17, 2013 10:57 pm

Thank you Steffi for permission to post. :gflower:
Following pix taken by Steffi Peter at Ljiersdraai waterhole on 1st June 2013 from noon to 2pm.

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Going by the pix - looks like a young female!
A new leopard? :hmz: ... or Tobogo?

It is virtually impossible to compare spot patterns with the only 2 pix of Tobogo that are available. Also, the guide has Tobogo down as being a male, however this is not 100% certain as pix are not that clear. For now it looks like Steffi has found a new leopard. If more pix of Tobogo are posted here or sent to AstroMatt :pray: , hopefully a proper comparison of spot patterns can be made and a conclusion can be reached one way or the other.
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by AstroMatt » Thu Jul 18, 2013 9:10 am

Wonderful pics! Please thank Steffi for letting you post these. :thumbs_up:
I've really tried to match this leopard with any in the guide but i just can't....the one big hole at the moment is Tebogo. Estimating his/her age is extremely difficult from the pictures we have and so we really can't rule him out but my gut is telling me that Steffi's leopard is too old. :hmz: :hmz:

When i was in the park last year in December i heard several rumours that a photographer called Charles Le Roux had seen Safran and Tebogo. Apparently he had spent around a month in and around the Grootkolk area waiting for them. From the rumours he has some wonderful photos which realy could help this and other identifications.
Could i ask that if anyone knows him, that they either email him and ask him to contact me or email me his email and i will contact him. This really would be a great great help for the project. :pray:
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