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Leeuwdril Male

Unread post by Eagle Eyes » Wed Nov 21, 2007 9:35 pm

Hi everybody!
I thought it would be a great idea to start this thread. It would help people recognize the leopards they see, also it would be fun to see the ranges of KTP leopards by following the apperances of the leopards.

Now for the identification guide:
first up - The Leeudril Male:

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he has a semi-circle of dots around his lower half of his left eye. he also has two blobs-1 at the corner of his left eye and the other one a centimetre below. one more feature is his......well.......uuuuuummmmm near his tail.

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Unread post by wanderw » Wed Nov 21, 2007 9:51 pm

Edited:Previous post: Leeuwdril Male, leopard number 3.6(historical leopards) in the ID Guide(04042014).

This post:Old Twee Rivieren Female - Maja, leopard number3.1(Historical leopards) in the ID Guide(04042014).


Next leopard - Known as the Twee Rivieren female(Maja):

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She has a little 4 dot triangle above her left eye, as well as a line of dots from the outside corner of her eye down towards 4 o'clock. Also 2 blobs below her left eye - like an exaggerated eyelash!

We have seen her in the Aoub riverbed(Houmoed) as well as in the Nossob riverbed(10km TR sign).
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Unread post by AfricanDreams » Thu Nov 22, 2007 12:09 am

We have seen this one near Roiiputs on 27 March 2007

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Unread post by wanderw » Thu Nov 22, 2007 11:03 am

@ AfricanDreams - great pic! Your leopard looks like a female(lighter build). It could be the TR female but I'm not sure - I'm still hunting thru pics, we only seem to have a lot of the left side of the leopard, not her right side! Will keep you posted!

Edited: African Dreams' post is the Rooiputs female - leopard number 1.1 in the ID Guide(04042014).
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Unread post by anne-marie » Fri Nov 23, 2007 12:05 am

I have seen this one just before Grotkoolk (April 2007)
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Unread post by wanderw » Fri Nov 23, 2007 11:04 pm

Edited: The Langklaas female - leopard no. 1.34 in the ID Guide(04042014), RIP Langklaas 08052014

Thanx Anne-marie! Beautiful leopard! How close to Grootkolk did you see it? I wonder if it is the Grootkolk leopard or the Ljiersdraai picnic leopard, or another one? :hmz: Do you know if it was a female or a male? The males we have seen also have had a heavier set face, your one seems a lighter build.

Your pic is great for ID purposes! :D
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Unread post by anne-marie » Fri Nov 23, 2007 11:45 pm

She was in a big tree at Kannaguas pan... and
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a female... I'm afraid :redface:
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Unread post by arks » Sun Nov 25, 2007 3:56 pm

It's my understanding that the only accurate way to ID leopards is from the pattern of whiskers and associated spots. You need very detailed facial pix to do this properly.
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Unread post by wanderw » Sun Nov 25, 2007 9:08 pm

Anne-marie and Arks - I have always believed that each leopard has a unique pattern of spots and rosettes, so for ID purposes, we (EE and I) have concentrated on facial spots/marks, just that it is easier to remember eg. left eye or below eye etc. If there is an easier way ie. check spots on the legs rather, then we would like to know, so I have pm ed Kgalagadi TFP and asked him to look at this thread and help us if he can. I always thought that ID re whiskers was just for lions, so it will be interesting to know if this method applies to leopards too.

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Unread post by peterpiper » Sun Nov 25, 2007 10:16 pm

Great idea for a thread :)

Just realised that the leopard I saw near TR on the Nossob road last year in May, is the same one I saw this year near Munro/ Hoemoed on the Aoub road a few days ago. And she now has a fairly large cub.
The first pic is from last year (about 8km) outside TR, and the next is from this November near Hoemoed on the Aoub. (19 km from TR)

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And now............................., introducing her cub.

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Unread post by peterpiper » Sun Nov 25, 2007 10:36 pm

I also saw this beautiful lady (I think) this year on the Nossob road about 25 km from TR.

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Unread post by wanderw » Mon Nov 26, 2007 8:20 am

WOW! Peter! :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: Stunning pics! Thank you for an absolutely awesome pic of the cub as well! :clap: Do you perhaps have side-on pics of the cub's face also? I agree with AfricanDreams - I think you and AD saw the same leopard - your last pic!

Edited: peterpiper's first post on page 1 - Maja - leopard no. 3.1(Historical leopards)in the ID Guide, and Jannie - leopard no. 3.2(Historical Leopards) in the ID Guide. peterpiper's second post on page 1 - Rooiputs female - leopard no. 1.1 in the ID Guide(04042014).

Now does anybody have good pics of the Urikariuus leopard(s)? Apparently there is a male and female!
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Unread post by Kgalagadi Guru » Mon Nov 26, 2007 4:02 pm

Unfortunately, just looking at her face, it's difficult. excellent shot, though.
According to Gus Mills, the spots on a leopard's neck area, as well as the thigh area should work- he does not have as much experience with leopards, though. The whisker-count, like in lions, should be effective, but they have spots, so why not use it?

I will do some reading, and send some queries to Conservation Department/AERU- someone should have an answer....
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Unread post by arks » Mon Nov 26, 2007 9:40 pm

If you look at peterpiper's first two pix of the female leopard, you can see immediately, from the top row of whisker spots, that it is the same leopard. Unfortunately, getting good shots of that row of whisker spots isn't easy, but it remains the single most reliable way to ID a leopard, as each leopard's top row of spots and associated whisker pattern is unique. I'll try to find a written source, but I was told this verbally, in the field, by men who have been studying leopards for many years.
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Unread post by peterbee » Tue Nov 27, 2007 12:12 pm

I agree that Peterpiper's first two pics are a definite match, and also match this pic of mom and cub taken in Aug 07 some 6km's from TR.
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The cub is also a match, but from PP's photo it has grown a bit since Aug.
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Amazing that this little one has entertained us since March :P
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