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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by shane » Tue Jan 22, 2013 12:57 pm

Not a problem Matthew, will get the images to you shortly ........... was good sitings.

During the 6 days we spend at Urikaruus we saw 4 Leopard around camp. Unfortunately I couldn't get pics of them. One was a male, for sure, and the other 2 sighting was were of the same female (all at the waterhole). The last siting was at 22:35 on 25 Decemeber.

It's quiet a storey:

We had invited Eric (camp Manager) over for xmas dinner. At about 21:45 we heard the Jackals barking down river. Jackals barking in this manner are synonymous with the presents of a Leopard. They eventually stopped and Eric decide to go back to his unit, but I drove him back from our unit no. 4. Lucky we did because the Leopard was around. He must have been walking under the unit from no. 1 towards no. 4 because when I got back I went to sit out on the deck again. I sat in the front left hand corner of the deck and put the torch on and there was the Male Leopard. He had just mark the tree in front of the unit and came to sit below me a 1 metre from the deck and just watched me. He sat like that for probably a minute and a half. Tracy was upstairs, in the shower, so I couldn't call her. The Leopard eventually got up and went to mark under unit no. 3.

I rushed up to call Tracy. By this time he was standing at the bottom of the steps to the camp manages unit. He disappear behind Eric's unit. 30 min later I heard the Jakcals barking up the Auob ........... so he had made his way north.

2 Minutes so close to this Leopard (without feeling threatened), will stay with me for a LOOOONG time.
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by Sheenaugh-Lee » Tue Jan 22, 2013 3:54 pm

WoW and WOW!!!! You had stupendous once in a lifetime encounters too be so close to a leopard without fear STUNNING! :)
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by frisian » Thu Jan 24, 2013 7:53 pm

here is a photo of the leopard in the tree on the 24. dezember Shane was telling above.
We made the pic at about 5:30 pm.

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We stayed in the unit no. 3 next to shane on x-mas. But we missed the leopard in the night because we were sleeping :wall: :wall: :wall:
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by shane » Thu Jan 24, 2013 10:36 pm

Frisian, thanks for the pic ..... Nice to know you are here with us on the forum - don't you have any other images ?
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by frisian » Fri Jan 25, 2013 6:37 pm

Hi Shane,
this was the only leopard we saw. :(

But here is a second picture:

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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by AstroMatt » Sat Jan 26, 2013 9:21 am

Thanks for the sighting frisian, good to know she was in the tree all day. :thumbs_up:
You said you didn't have any other leopard sighitngs on this trip but have you had any in the past in KTP? If you have i'd love to have them for my records.
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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 frisian » Sun Jan 27, 2013 1:46 pm

Sorry AstroMatt,
this was the first visit to KTP. We have only been to the KNP.
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by AstroMatt » Sun Jan 27, 2013 2:13 pm

No worries, thanks for contributing. Hopefully you'll have more sighitngs in the future :)
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by lion queen » Tue Jan 29, 2013 8:27 am

Wow stunning sightings and photos all!!!

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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by Sharifa » Tue Jan 29, 2013 10:27 pm

On the morning of the 30 December 2012 we saw Miera again at Montrose :D

She was feeding under a tree

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but did get up

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sit again

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make her way to the waterhole

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and have a drink

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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by lion queen » Wed Jan 30, 2013 7:20 am

:clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:

Wonderful sighting Sharifa.......... of my favorite leopard!!!!........... :dance: :dance: :dance:
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by anne-marie » Wed Jan 30, 2013 8:01 am

yes, magnificent :clap:
Do you think or know if there is something in the hole ? she looks like not so happy and drank beside the hole :hmz:
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by Sheenaugh-Lee » Wed Jan 30, 2013 8:39 am

anne-marie wrote:yes, magnificent :clap:
Do you think or know if there is something in the hole ? she looks like not so happy and drank beside the hole :hmz:


I agree Anne it looks as if she was seriously ticked off at something at that water hole
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by Sharifa » Wed Jan 30, 2013 10:27 am

Hi anne marie Sheenaugh Lee. We noticed this behaviour with cheetahs too. Not sure what it is, possibly their reflection in the water or maybe just the smell of lions because we have not seen lions do this when drinking at the waterholes. Below a picture of Lisettes cubs doing the same thing.

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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by AstroMatt » Wed Jan 30, 2013 3:46 pm

Very odd behaviour indeed. I've not noticed it myself. I wonder if it has something to do with them being younger animals and so a bit more cautious with water.

I have just finished the most recent release of the guide. It is up on the website and has todays date on the file name. The guide has grown recently with the addition of quite a few new leopards so naturally it is a larger file. I know this is quite a lot for some people to download but without sacrificing picture quality and usability it is hard to make it smaller.

So a brief list of the updates (apologises if i miss any).
New Leopards: L-12 (Rooiputs cub), Isidima, Warona (Auchterlonie Female's cub), Nkwe, Tshidi and Seleka (Barolong's cubs), N!xau (out of retirement) and L-11 (Safran's cub).

I have moved Maja, No12 and Twin to the historical section as they haven't been seen for over 2 years now :(

There are new pictures for: Rooiputs, Amur and N!xau.

Other updates have been to range maps and last sighting dates. There have been a lot of these and i don't have a list of all the changes.

If you have any comments or notice any mistakes then do please point them out to me.
I hope you all like the new version and can put it to good use.
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Kgalagadi Leopard Project
http://www.ast.uct.ac.za/~schurch/leopards/

Please use the online form or download the spreadsheet to report leopard sightings.
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