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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by WillieV » Fri May 31, 2013 11:38 am

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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by WillieV » Fri May 31, 2013 11:41 am

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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by AstroMatt » Fri May 31, 2013 3:27 pm

@ WillieV lovely sightings of Tsamma and Balete. Could i also ask you to submit a report for both these sightings and the 50th Leo one on my website. Just want to make sure i have all the details.

@ gb225450 Thanks for the report and for posting these amazing videos...a real one in a lifetime event i think!

Hopefully i'll have an updated version of the guide out soon with the new leopards and new photos. I'm just waiting to hear back from a few people first.
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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 AstroMatt » Fri May 31, 2013 3:41 pm

Before i forget, this is the sighting that i was sent by Carin Malan last week. The sighting happened on 28/08/2010, approximately 4kms north of Urikaruus. It shows Khomani and Miera. This sighting is 2 months earlier than the one IainP had on p14 (http://www.sanparks.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=38&t=18567&start=195)
It is hard to see much of a change between IainP and Carin's photos (especially when you look at the face) which demonstrates how important these historical sightings are for trying to get the best possible age. So if you have historical sightings that you don't think i have on record do please send them to me using the website.
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Photos taken by Carin Malan

Incidentally Miera was last seen at Auchterlonie on the 3/4/2013, so she is still doing well :D
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by AstroMatt » Wed Jun 05, 2013 9:34 am

Here is a leopard that was sent to me recently by David Winter. He had the sighting on the 22nd October 2010 on a night drive from Nossob. He thinks they were about 10kms south of Nossob.
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The great news is i can't match this large male to any in the guide, and even better, i've managed to match him to the leopard Jo took a video of and posted in the "What happens at Nossob after the lights go out...." thread
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Her sighting was on 7th December 2010.

So there was definitely a large male in the nossob area but he hasn't been seen since.
He'll be L-51 in the next version of the guide in the historical section.
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by wanderw » Wed Jun 05, 2013 12:26 pm

@WillieV - great sighting of Balete! Thanx for posting. :D

@AstroMatt - Miera is gorgeous! Thanx for the update and thank you to Carin Malan for giving you permission to post. :thumbs_up:
And now L51 :dance: Super news and a match to Jo's leo too! Again, thank you to David Winter for allowing you to post.
:hmz: Interesting that 2 mature male leopards(L51 and Vnose) were seen at Nossob waterhole in December 2010.
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by AstroMatt » Wed Jun 05, 2013 6:34 pm

@ Wanderw...you are right that it is interesting that these two males were around but haven't been seen since. Maybe they were checking out the river from the Bots side? :hmz:

@Anne-marie...there maybe more ahead ;)

So to continue the updates here is a sighting from Manus Coetzee. He saw Isidima near Leeuwdril on 4th April 2013.
KG also got a camera trap photo of Isidima back in December 2011. So she has been around for a while now.
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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 AstroMatt » Tue Jun 11, 2013 11:53 am

So the next update to the KTP leopards is a very old sighting.
Peterpiper posted a picture of a leopard in a tree in his 2006 trip report (post date 17th May 2006)
Peterpiper's report May 06

I was never able to identify this leopard and i wasn't sure if it was because it was a new leopard or just a hard ID! However, I was sent a recent historical sighting that has now allowed me to identify this leopard as a new (historical) individual. Unfortunately i don't have permission yet to post the comparison pictures from this new sighting.

Peterpiper has sent me a few more images of this leopard (many thanks :thumbs_up: ) and s/he will appear in the guide as L-52.
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 AstroMatt » Tue Jun 11, 2013 1:13 pm

So now some exciting news...
The KTP guide now has a sister guide in the form of a guide for the leopards of Augrabies Falls National Park.
Although there are only two currently known leopards I thought it was worth putting something together so people can see where they have been seen and what details we have on them so far.

A great thanks must go to the great work of Augrabies Guru in finding the leopards on the night drives and to Jane Hendrickse for supplying photos of the first sighting :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up:

Also a big thank you to the forumites who provided the camera for the guides at Augrabies :thumbs_up:

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The guide (5Mb in size) can be found at my website below.
I hope you all like it.
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 AstroMatt » Thu Jun 13, 2013 2:16 pm

Glad you like the new guide anne-marie and WillieV.

@anne-marie....i thought you would like Safran's cameo ;)

So onto my next update.
Right at the bottom of Oumie's April 2012 trip report there is a sighting of a leopard near Twee Rivieren on 18/03/2012.
Oumie Kgalagadi trip...cannot wait! April 2012
Even from this picture i had a feeling that it might be a new leopard but i don't remember why.
Oumie recently sent me the original picture and i have been unable to match the spots on the right hand side of the body to any of the known leopards. So we have a 53rd leopard.
Unfortunately Oumie doesn't have any other photos of this sighting as it was far away. If any one knows of a friend who was in the park at the time of this sighting then they might have some really useful photos that could be used in the guide.
Here is the higher resolution version of Oumie's picture
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by AstroMatt » Mon Jun 17, 2013 10:25 pm

Here are the last two new leopards I've heard about recently. These two are a mother and cub found in the Botswana section of the park near Mubuasehube pan. They were sighted by Manus Coetzee on 3rd April 2012.
I've created a separate section in the guide for the Botswana leopards and for the moment they will remain unnamed and will just have the scientific tags L-54 and L-55.
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I plan to have the next version of the guide out by the end of the week before i head up to the park for a week.
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 AstroMatt » Tue Jun 18, 2013 8:58 am

The numbers keep going up :)

@ Anne-marie, this time i'm not sure i'll get to see any as we are going up for a walking trail with the bushmen. Taking a couple of nights on the way up at Augrabies to try and find one of the leopards there, then 4 nights sleeping out on top of one of the dunes in the !Ae!Hai Kalahari Hertage Park section of KTP (its the Khomani San/Mier community section) doing walking trails each day and then a final night at TR.....so going to be lucky to see any but got my fingers crossed. :pray:
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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 AstroMatt » Fri Jun 21, 2013 11:42 am

So the new version of the KTP guide is now on my website, KTP Leopard Identification Guide 2013-06-21.pdf.
There are quite a few changes to this version, obviously the new leopards, some range updates, and new names for some of the previously unnamed leopards.

There is one change that might be a bit confusing but it really shouldn't effect anyone. I have changed a few of the historical leopards names that had been given my scientific naming in the guide. The new names are still the scientific names but they now represent the order in which the leopard was reported to me.
L-2 is now L-35.
L-3 is now L-36.
L-4 is now L-42.
As i said these leopards are primarily of interest on the scientific side as only one person has seen any of them and they are most likely not around any more.

If anyone spots any mistakes then do please let me know and i shall make the necessary changes.
Enjoy
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 WillieV » Fri Jun 21, 2013 1:27 pm

AstroMatt thank you for all the hard work, we really do appreciate.
Thank you also that you excepted my name for Leopard no 50.

SETHUNYA meaning A Flower.
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More photos of her later in my trip report.
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by Jo » Thu Jun 27, 2013 6:53 am

Leopard mom and subadult cub seen about 2km south of Cheleka waterhole on 18/6/13. Unfortunately they were on the far side of the river bed so the photos are heavily cropped and so of bad quality :evil: ......if anyone can help with an ID it would be greatly appeciated!

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