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N!xau

Unread post by wanderw » Mon Jun 11, 2012 6:21 pm

Named after the actor in the 1980 movie 'The gods must be crazy' and sequels, in which he played the Kalahari Bushmen Xixo(name means Kalahari One)

Now posting on Pumbaa's behalf:

Introducing ...N!xau
- a new addition to this thread and recently added to AstroMatt's ID guide.


Seen by Pumbaa and Timon on the 16th of February 2009, between Kannaguass and Ljiersdraai. :dance:

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I know that Pumbaa and Timon saw this leopard in 2009, but there is a good possibility that he/she is still out there! :thumbs_up:
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N!xau

Unread post by jacowolmarans » Tue Jan 08, 2013 2:26 pm

Seen just south of Grootkolk on 18 December, around 6am: the male, identified by Dr Matthew Schurch as N!xau, was strolling along next to the road close to the KAA turnoff into Botswana, and walked south to the Khannaghuas water hole, but I lost him in the bush next to the road. I went along to the water hole, and after a few minutes, the female, Saffran, walked out of the veld and drank. She then marked the area and disappeared. Minutes later, N!xau came walking out, drank, sniffed her scent and set off after her after marking over her scent. Apparently N!xau has not been seen for a few years.
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by jacowolmarans » Wed Jan 09, 2013 12:58 pm

Thanks all for the kind words and welcome! As a leopard newbie, I must confess I had a serious bout of "bokkoors" when I spotted N!xau. Within seconds, my foot on the clutch pedal went into such an uncontrollable spastic twitch I had to take the car out of gear for fear of stalling.

I realised this was one of those once-in-a-lifetime shots, and had to force myself to breathe deeply, position my bean bag and be calm. Twitching foot or not, I managed to snap off a series that thankfully turned out sharp enough to use. As luck would have it, the light was just special, the sun squeezing through low clouds just above the horizon in that special yellow colour that lights up the cat's eyes. One of these shots is currently being enlarged for my foyer:
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by Sharifa » Wed Jan 09, 2013 1:53 pm

N!xau has made a comeback :dance: :dance: :dance:

We saw him 11km south of Kannagauss on 24 December at 6.15am and followed him for 3 km for 45 minutes before he diasappeared into the riverbed and over the dunes

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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by RichardJ » Mon Apr 01, 2013 8:08 pm

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3km south of Kannagaus, 07h36, 26 March 2013

N!xau ?? a male!!!

possibly also seen around midday by our neighbours at GK as well...similar spot

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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by AstroMatt » Mon Apr 01, 2013 9:40 pm

Hi Richard,
Great sighting and you are 100% right it is N!xau :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up:
I think he's probably the big male in the North at the moment.
Thanks for posting....if it had been earlier in the day i'm not sure i would have believed you :wink:
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N!xau

Unread post by Touareg » Sat Dec 21, 2013 8:52 am

We had a great KTP trip from 8 tp 16 December seeing Leopard every day.

Here is N!xau just 3km South of the Grootkolk turnoff.

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Kgalagadi - Dec '13_03893 by cooper5022, on Flickr

Camera Nikon D4
Exposure 0.008 sec (1/125)
Aperture f/9.0
Focal Length 600 mm
ISO Speed 1250
[b] Another day in paradise.

KTP: 09 Dec 2012 - 18 Dec 2012

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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by wanderw » Sat Dec 21, 2013 1:08 pm

Hi Touareg!
Wow! Leopard every day! You sure were lucky and had a great trip! :dance: :thumbs_up: Thanks for posting these beautiful pix!

Great sighting of N!xau ! Nice to know that he is fine. I think the last recorded sighting that AstroMatt has of him, he seemed to have been in a fight and was looking a bit worse for wear.
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Unread post by AstroMatt » Fri Jan 10, 2014 12:32 pm

So to follow-up the previous days play fighting we returned to the scene early the next day to see what had happened over night.

To our amazement the previously whole springbok carcass had been devoured and little more than the head and neck and a few dangly legs were left.

Lying by the side of the road with a full belly was N!xau the dominant local male! He didn't like being disturbed early in the morning and quickly crossed the road in front of us and disappeared over the ridge. We tried to locate him by trying different views but had no luck.
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After feeding for a while Safran suddenly became a bit nervous. She then leapt down the tree and dashed away. This was when we noticed the big N!xau running after her.
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He obviously hadn't gone far during the morning and could either see, smell or hear her eating. After a short attempt to follow her he gave up and headed for the tree. Check out the staining on his teeth....he is also about 7+ years old.
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N!xau tucking into breakfast. Unlike Safran he had to settle for the lower branches. Eventually he climbed down and sat under the tree guarding the kill.
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by AstroMatt » Sun Jan 12, 2014 1:30 pm

It was our last morning at Grootkolk and we decided to head north to try and find Rosa or Bontle. After having no success (we did find a cheetah so not really no success ;) ) we headed back to camp to pack up and leave.

On our drive down to Nossob about 5kms further north from where we'd had all the other sightings we came across N!xau lying under a tree with a wildebeest carcass lying in the river! The time was about 09:45
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After speaking to our neighbours who had headed south early in the morning we learnt that there had been hyenas feeding during the early hours. But they had left and N!xau had appeared.
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We believe that it was N!xau who made this kill due to an actual sighting of him making another wildebeest kill the following day! This next kill was at the location where Touareg photographed him....when we found this out we wished we'd stayed an extra night :mrgreen:

We couldn't stay long as we had to make it to Urikaruus. But i believe he sat under this tree for most of the day.

So ended our incredible stay at Grootkolk....we'll definitely be heading back :D
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Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by PRWIN » Tue Jul 25, 2017 12:17 pm

Id anyone ( taken on the 16-07-2017 at Bedink)

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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by barryels » Tue Jul 25, 2017 1:16 pm

Stunning pictures PRWIN :clap: :clap: .

According to me you saw N!xau :thumbs_up: .

The last time he was seen was during February 2014.

wanderw will confirm if I am correct :thumbs_up: .
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by wanderw » Tue Aug 01, 2017 12:01 pm

@PRWIN - lovely sighting of N!xau. N!xau was last seen mid April this year at Polentswa.

Spot on with the ID Barry! :thumbs_up:
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Unread post by PRWIN » Sun Aug 06, 2017 12:13 pm

Thanks Barryels and wander

N!xau ,

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