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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by wanderw » Wed Nov 27, 2013 2:20 pm

Hi katanga! Thanks for posting your sighting! :thumbs_up: Tshidi it is! :dance:
If you can, please fill in the 'Report a Sighting' form in the link at the bottom of the post - AstroMatt needs the details for the project, even if it was on the same day. Many thanks! :D
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by Katja » Wed Nov 27, 2013 4:37 pm

katanga wrote:I wanted to share a couple of my photo's from the same day as Katja's. I think this one was also near Urikaruus so I guess its the same Leopard.


Yes, same day, same leopard. :thumbs_up:
He was under the tree almost all day but came down to the road just before it was time to return to Urikaruus.
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by lion queen » Thu Nov 28, 2013 2:55 pm

We had a few leopard sightings during our last visits.

This one was on the 27th of October and I'm sure all of you can see where............

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and yes I know that is not a leopard in the photo!!!

We heard the story of the leopard kill from rjm and when visiting Auchterlonie we checked out the whole place before getting out!!

As we were leaving the picnic site two cars were coming up the hill and stopped before getting to the top! then we saw that the leopard was on its way back up to the museum!!

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This is the only photo I got and it's not the best to identify this leopard I know!

we drove back up and parked in front of the museum. Next moment the other cars doors opened and people got out. they walked down the little walk way and next moment leopard sprang out from behind one of those stone structures and ran off. I'm still amazed!!

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This is the photo of the people as the leopard ran away!!

I do know there is a sign that tells you to get out of your vehicle at own risk, but I'm still not so sure whether you should get out when you've seen the predator moving about yourself!!!
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by lion queen » Thu Nov 28, 2013 3:14 pm

The morning of 28 October we saw this leopard, not sure whether it's the same one as the previous day, as there were people saying that there were three leopards in the area that few days.

Just before Auchterlonie on the left hand side going south.........

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Cropped just sort of seeing no spots, but one big blur!!!!!! :big_eyes:

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and with in moments he decided to lay down and you could not see him anymore!!

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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by wanderw » Thu Nov 28, 2013 5:07 pm

@lion queen - Thanks for posting! :gflower:
27th October going up the hill - this is the Auchterlonie female! :thumbs_up: Wow! Lovely sighting but crazy people!
28th October - I believe this is the Auchterlonie female again, but to be absolutely certain on this sighting, could you please send the original pix thru to AstroMatt.
Also, when you have time, could you please fill in the sightings form in the link at the end of my post. Thanx! :D
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by AstroMatt » Thu Nov 28, 2013 6:58 pm

Wow...you take a few days to sort out a new car and loads of sightings appear :) Thanks Wanderw for keeping on top of the ids. :thumbs_up:

Katja and Katanga...thanks for posting your sightings are reporting them too me. Great to have them on record.
Tshidi is looking really well which is great news.

Lion Queen - wow, i've heard so much about this kill at Auchterlonie, its finally great to see a photo of what went on. I've seen people do similar things at other picnic spots...i don't think they understand the consequences really!

Your second sighting on the 28th is definitely the Auchterlonie Female (Thanks Wanderw :thumbs_up: )

Thanks also for filling in the sighting report, good to have all the details and so many photos. :thumbs_up:
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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 AstroMatt » Thu Nov 28, 2013 7:07 pm

I also wanted to let everyone know that the project now has a new car...i shall no longer be in the park in my little red polo :(
But we do now have a big green Toyota Prado...complete with leopard project decals :)

Please look out for us and come and have a chat...about anything :D
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by wildcatzoo » Mon Dec 02, 2013 6:05 pm

Fpr the record that is myself and my husband in the picture, but it was the other two cars that were out walking around first so we thought the leopard had left the area. I have several photos taken from the hill, and one on foot, will eventually post all in a trip report - just back 2 days ago as we did 3 weeks in Kruger after KTP.

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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by wanderw » Tue Dec 03, 2013 3:54 pm

@wildcatzoo - Thank you for the explanation. :thumbs_up:
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by wildcatzoo » Fri Dec 06, 2013 11:24 pm

Here is the only picture showing her face (definitely the Auchterlonie female, from the guide):

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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by wildcatzoo » Fri Dec 06, 2013 11:29 pm

The only other leopard we saw in KTP was on October 30 just north of Kij Kij. We came across 8 or so stopped cars, and saw two lionesses under a tree. Then I noticed the big lenses all pointed up into a different tree, so we repositioned and saw:

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I believe this is a young male, but can't find him in the guide. The next day we spoke with a guy from a Mercedes van that was at the sighting, he hung out for 5 hours until the cat came down safely after the lionesses left.
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by wanderw » Sat Dec 07, 2013 8:38 pm

@wildcatzoo - Thank you for posting! :thumbs_up:

Your leopard at KijKij - :hmz: looks like a new leopard, BUT - we have another pic of a leopard reported at KijKij earlier in October - a pic of the leopard in a tree, and showing only the left hind leg and part of the body. So your leopard could possibly be this other leopard(L67). Did you perhaps get a shot of the leopard's left side(or part thereof)? Why do you think this leopard is male?

If possible, could you please fill in the Sightings Report in the link at the end of my post. Many thanks! :D
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by wanderw » Mon Dec 09, 2013 11:52 am

For people going to the park:

There seems to have been quite a bit of leopard activity recently, especially along the Auob.
Sightings reported near Auchterlonie, Kamqua, Urikaruus, 13th Borehole and 14th Borehole. Leopards seen - Auchterlonie female, Warona, Dakotah, Tshidi, Barolong and Tsamma. Along the Nossob riverbed, things seem quieter, but this can change. On the Nossob side, a young leopard has been seen near KijKij.

Wishing all of you Good Spotting! :thumbs_up:
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by Peregrine Falcon » Fri Dec 20, 2013 10:25 pm

Here is one of the 2 leopards we saw in KTP. This one at Keiliekrankie waterhole on 4th November at 19.17

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We also saw this one on 5th November at 07.23 just past Rooibrak waterhole. He had a springbok (looked partially eaten so not just killed) and dragged it up the dune for around 300-400mtrs until he stashed it in a large bush. he then came outside and lay in the shade panting. Later he went back inside the bush for a while presumably eating. We had been the only car to see this so far but now others joined us. He came out again and lay licking his paws.

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We understand from other posts that this is probably Tshidi. We did fill in the forms on the forum when we got home and sent Astromat an email with the details.

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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by wanderw » Sat Dec 21, 2013 8:18 am

Hi DASSIEDELIGHT & Peregrine Falcon

Your leopard seen at Kielie Krankie - this is the Auchterlonie Female! She seems to love the Kielie/Auchterlonie area and is a great mom. :D

Your leopard with a springbok and lying down at Rooibrak - this is Tshidi! Lovely to follow the life of this young male leopard. :thumbs_up:

Many thanks for posting on this thread and sending the sightings info to AstroMatt! :gflower:
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