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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by gatita » Sat May 04, 2013 6:40 pm

Hi AstroMatt,

here are the pictures of Cagn at Leeuwdril on 06.09.2012

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I will try to send them to your page as well.

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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by SHELEPH » Tue May 07, 2013 2:12 pm

AstroMatt wrote:Hi Sheleph....welcome to the forum and the leopard id thread :thumbs_up:
I think Anne-Marie has covered your question :gflower:

Please fill in a report on the website as well as sending me the pictures....it will make sure i get all the necessary info. Thanks in advance.


Herewith the picture of CAGN (taken at Houmoed on 3 August 2012 at 15h00)
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by Red Dune » Thu May 09, 2013 8:50 pm

This photograph is posted with the courtesy of very good friends of mine from the Nelson Mandela University, George Campus, being Jos & Ilza Louw . . . themselves being very regular (and near fanatical) visitors to the KTP every year. This must surely also be one of the very best action pics that I have ever seen in the Kgalagadi.

The pic was taken by pure co-incidence when they saw this male leopard next to the road a few hundred meters on the TR side of the Samevloeiing waterhole. The cat was resting very casually in the shade of a Camel Thorn tree . . . when this shadowing jackal, ventured just that meter too close . . . and it was caught and killed by this beautiful leopard in less than a second.

It was all in a split split-second that this action happened . . . while Ilza's burst mode on her camera was fully operational on a would-be tranquil scene with a leopard resting in the shade! !

It’s important to note the pic shows the cat about to lift itself and the dead jackal into the lower branches
of the tree above. This leopard has been the resident female in the area between Twee Rivieren and Samevloeiing for a long time.

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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by AstroMatt » Thu May 09, 2013 9:33 pm

Hi Red Dune,
Thanks for the wonderful picture and sighting :thumbs_up: . Please do thank your friends Jos and Ilza too.
The leopard in question is Maja. She was the dominant female in the TR area for many years before she was relocated north.

I would love to have this sighting for my records and the identification project. Could i ask you to pass on my details (found below) to your friends so that they can report the sighting on my website.
If they (or you) have other leopard sightings then i would also love to hear about them.

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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 Muhammad » Sun May 12, 2013 6:39 pm

Kindly help identify.seen at Marie se Gat.May 6th 2013

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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by AstroMatt » Sun May 12, 2013 7:11 pm

Lovely sighting Muhammad :thumbs_up:
The leopard you saw is the youngster Balete, she is the daughter of Tswana and has been seen quite a bit recently around the Nossob area. She is looking very healthy.
Could i ask you to send me a full report on my website (link below).

A little update in relation to Red Dunes post, this sighting of Maja was from 7th April 2007.
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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 wanderw » Tue May 14, 2013 10:44 am

Red Dune and friend, Muhammad - Thank you for posting! :thumbs_up:

@Red Dune - your friends were very lucky, a gorgeous sighting of Maja! :clap:

@Muhammad - Great sighting of Balete, a beautiful young leopardess! :dance: :mrgreen:
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by Muhammad » Tue May 14, 2013 4:14 pm

Cheetas flushing out Balete.

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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by ice » Thu May 16, 2013 10:27 am

we briefly spotted this cat on April 02, near Auchterlonie - I'm not sure the picture has enough detail to positively ID the leopard but I assume I could be / is the female with two cubs KG told me about when we visited him in his office

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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by AstroMatt » Thu May 16, 2013 1:57 pm

Hi Ice,
Thanks for posting your sighting :thumbs_up:
You are right that it is a hard picture to identify. I'm pretty sure i will be able to identify him/her from the original full resolution image....if you could send it to me and fill in a report on my website (below) that would be great.
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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 » Thu May 16, 2013 2:27 pm

I did just so, Matt

relating to your website: when you say you have ID'ed 49 different leopards, are you then speaking about cats in the entire park or merely the ZA side?

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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by ice » Thu May 16, 2013 4:05 pm

thanks to Matt we identified this cat as Miera; however, I have to correct myself, we spotted her on April 3rd and not on April 2nd

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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by AstroMatt » Fri May 17, 2013 11:20 am

ice wrote:I did just so, Matt

relating to your website: when you say you have ID'ed 49 different leopards, are you then speaking about cats in the entire park or merely the ZA side?


Thanks for the report :thumbs_up:

In answer to your question, yes, i have identified 49 different leopards in the South African side of the park. However, many of these leopards are seen along the Nossob river so they will be using the Bots side too.
When it comes to the bots side there are a lot fewer leopard sightings that i've heard about. I don't think this is necessarily because there are fewer leopards there, but more because there are less visitors. I also don't have guides in the Mabuasehube camps so people don't know to submit their sightings. Hopefully this will change in the coming months.

Having said all this i do know of three leopards in the Mabuasehube area that are additional to the 49 SA ones. These are not in the guide since i've been unable to track down the people who sighted them so i don't have the real specifics of the sightings. They are also all historical leopards so we don't know if they are still around.

I'm still waiting for the 50th SA leopard....hopefully someone will sight it soon.
Cheers
Kgalagadi Leopard Project
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 4:32 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).
Kgalagadi Leopard Project
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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