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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by ice » Fri May 17, 2013 4:32 pm

sorry Matt if I keep on asking - but these 49 you are referring, are they all still alive? or does "historical" mean that some of them have not been seen in ages and may therefore very well be daed?

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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by AstroMatt » Fri May 17, 2013 4:43 pm

No worries with the questions....good to know people are interested, so ask away.

You are right. I class a leopard as historical if it has not been seen in the last two years. I do this because i believe there is a good chance that it may have died or exited the park. The main reason in doing this is to help people in making identifications (the historical leopards are at the back of the guide). I advise that you first try and identify any sighting against the current leopards and then try the historical ones, this method will hopefully save you time.

But just because a leopard is in the historical section, this doesn't mean that it is dead. Recently N!xau was "promoted" from the historical section up into the currently active part as he was sighted at Kannaguass.

If you look at the guide then you will see that at the moment there are 32 currently active leopards and 17 historical ones (although two will be demoted in the next version).
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http://www.ast.uct.ac.za/~schurch/leopards/

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 ice » Fri May 17, 2013 4:51 pm

gotcha - I was just wondering because you wrote that you were hoping for leopard number 50 - if you took animals that are presumed dead off that list, you could just as well fall back to 48 or 47 ;-)

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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by AstroMatt » Fri May 17, 2013 5:00 pm

That is true....but because the study will be looking at average lifespans and range dynamics all the data on all leopards will be useful....so i'm really hoping to get the 50th study leopard :pray:

For most visitors the number of currently active leopards is probably a more important number and the more useful side of the guide :wink:
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http://www.ast.uct.ac.za/~schurch/leopards/

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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by AstroMatt » Mon May 20, 2013 2:30 pm

So i've been trying to identify this leopard that KG posted in the camera trap thread, but i've come up against a brick wall :wall:
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The photo was taken at Urikaruus sometime during Arpil 2013. I suspect that it is either Baralong, Tsamma, Tshidi or Seleka but i don't have good enough comparison pictures. What i need is a few good bum shots of these leopards (preferably showing the back of the front right leg). If anyone knows they've seen one of these 4 could they please have a quick look through their pics to see if they might have a photo that can help. If you can positively identify him/her then that would be ideal, otherwise either post the photo here or email it to me.

Of course it might not be any of these 4. There are other leopards that frequent the Urikaruus area so if you have bum shots of them too then please check them and let me know if you get a match or not.

Many thanks and fingers crossed someone comes up trumps. :pray:
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by anne-marie » Mon May 20, 2013 5:20 pm

will search :thumbs_up:
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by cptphotographer » Mon May 20, 2013 9:31 pm

Hi AstroMatt,

Will do my best to spot number 50 for you in our upcoming trip in about 16 days' time DV.

Where in your opinion would be the highest concentration of Leopards in KTP?

We are spending 3 nights in Twee Rivieren, and a further 4 in Nossob.
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by AstroMatt » Tue May 21, 2013 1:58 pm

Hi cptphotographer,
Those are really hard questions to answer...but i'll give them a shot :wink:

In general i think the leopard population is evenly spread over the whole park. I do seem to have a much lower number of leopards in the Mata Mata area and in the Nossob between the two dune roads. However, i think this is most probably a selection effect or bias. I generally have the impression that the Nossob road between the dune roads is a route that is less travelled and so we have less sighting reports. I've heard of sightings on the road close to Mata Mata but again i get the feeling people tend to drive quickly through in order to get to the loops early in the morning...so again probably producing less sightings.

I think the Aoub road between Urikaruus and Auchterlonie is very good, there are a good number of leopards (both male and female) that are regularly seen....again this could be partly due to a selection effect from the wilderness camps.

The Rooiputs female is certainly in the TR area around Samevleoiing and Leeuwdril so if you hear of a leopard in that area it is quite likely to be her and she might well hang out for a few days.

Nossob has recently had some very nice sightings heading south taking in the Marie se draai loop.

I hope that helps somewhat in your planning...and take a copy of the guide along hopefully you'll get to use it :thumbs_up:
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http://www.ast.uct.ac.za/~schurch/leopards/

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 WillieV » Sun May 26, 2013 2:20 pm

Hi all.

We are back from our 14 day visit during May to the Kgalagadi.

I would like AstroMatt to please identify this female that we have seen on 10 May at Eland water hole.
She was seen before and after our sighting at the same place.

My full report will follow later under travel tales.

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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by anne-marie » Sun May 26, 2013 3:41 pm

:dance: :dance: :dance: magnificent speciment :clap:
and even flowers at Eland :wink:
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by wanderw » Sun May 26, 2013 3:59 pm

@WillieV
What a fantastic sighting and pix! :dance:
:hmz: I have had a quick look and I think this leopard might be no. 50! I am sure AstroMatt will post soon and let us know - he does have more Id pix than me. If you could please fill in a sightings report for AstroMatt - see the link at the end of my post.
Thank you for posting! :thumbs_up:
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by WillieV » Sun May 26, 2013 5:19 pm

Thank you anne-marie and wanderw.

We were told at Nossob about the Leopard at Eland, someone said there were two, but I have no proof of that,
may be some body have pix to post.

I specially drove to Eland, but with no success. On our way to the tented camp, we went straight , via Marie se draai, to Eland and were first there in the morning to find the Leopard next to the road between the flowers at the water hole. I could not believe my luck.

I am almost sure it is no 50.
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by anne-marie » Sun May 26, 2013 6:07 pm

the best I can have from Tsamma bum shot :wink:
Urikaruus 31.1.2012

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if you want the original... I'm ready... almost :lol:
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by WillieV » Sun May 26, 2013 6:24 pm

Tsamma on 16 May 2013 at the Urikaruus water hole, not the one at the camp.

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She was running after Red Hartebeest.
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by WillieV » Sun May 26, 2013 6:35 pm

Note the cut in the left ear of the Leopard at Eland. (Elanda, if it is number 50 ?)

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KGALAGADI AUGUST 2015. THE HUNTER BECAME THE HUNTED
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August 2014 short trip to Kgalagadi.
Kgalagadi May 2014 with Lion vs Leopard and the "Love Birds"
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