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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by IainP » Fri Aug 23, 2013 11:52 pm

This great image taken between TR and Mata was posted on ODP. :clap: I don't know the photographer but maybe you can ID the Leo and update the records from the EXIF info.

Enjoy!

http://www.outdoorphoto.co.za/gallery/s ... ll&cat=517

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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by AstroMatt » Fri Aug 23, 2013 11:59 pm

Thanks for the link IainP :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up:
The leopard is Miera.
That is an impressive kill...i'm guessing she is scavenging from a lion kill....but would be great to try and get the story.
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by wanderw » Sat Aug 24, 2013 11:28 am

@fazekma - Brilliant sighting and pix! :mrgreen: Thank you for posting! :thumbs_up:

So we now know that Steffi Peters' leopard(bottom page 67) is Tobogo! :dance: Thank you for clearing this up as well fazekma! :thumbs_up:

@IainP - thank you for posting and the link. :thumbs_up: Gorgeous pic of Miera!
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by AstroMatt » Fri Sep 06, 2013 2:28 pm

So I have another exciting update.
It seems like all of last years cubs are coming out of the wood work. Warona the Auchterlonie females cub from December 2012 (http://www.sanparks.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=38&t=18567&start=720) has been seen recently with her mum at the Lower dune road turn off in the Aoub.
They were seen by Sean O'Hagen on the 6th August 2013 and we have him to thank for these great pictures.
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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 wanderw » Sat Sep 07, 2013 8:28 am

Lovely sighting and pix of Warona and her mom, the Auchterlonie Female. :dance:
Thanks AstroMatt and thank you to Sean O'Hagen for giving you permission to post! :thumbs_up:
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by wanderw » Mon Sep 16, 2013 2:01 pm

Quick update on leopard sightings:
18 August - A caracal carcass was seen hanging in a tree at Dikbaardskolk picnic site. A leopard and cub was seen behind a nearby tree, difficult sighting, no pix therefore no ID.

28 August - A leopard was seen at Kameelsleep waterhole, early morning. AstroMatt has IDed it as L56, Tswana's 'new' nearly grown cub.(Jo was the first person to see this leopard with mom Tswana at Cheleka - posted on this thread).
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by anne-marie » Mon Sep 16, 2013 3:23 pm

Caracal carcass hanging... :shock:
not mine, because on the other river bed :wink: but :cry:

magnificent news, thank you :dance:
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by wendzh » Mon Sep 16, 2013 8:22 pm

We were fortunate to have a wonderful sighting of this leopard at Polentswa waterhole about 10 days ago. Anyone able to help ID her? And I say her, because we saw another leopard in the bush from where she came, and it looked so much smaller, thought it was her cub? The other car with us also thought it was a cub, unfortunately it just lay down and slept so only managed to get one clear face shot.

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Thought this might be a cub?
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by wanderw » Mon Sep 16, 2013 9:48 pm

Hi wendzh! Lovely sighting! Thanx for posting! :thumbs_up:
These look like new leopards to me. I'm sure AstroMatt will reply soon and let us know. If you can, please fill out the 'Report a sighting page' in the link at the end of my post. This will really help the leopard ID project!
Thanx!
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by WillemK » Tue Sep 17, 2013 9:48 pm

I was very lucky to get my first proper leopard sighting in the KTP after three years visiting the park (after about 14 visits) - this male about 800m from Rooibrak waterhole on Sept 05, 2013 around 10H40. Not sure about the ID but I am sure the gurus would be able to ID him.

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Later that afternoon my sister saw him drinking water at Rooibrak.

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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by wanderw » Tue Sep 17, 2013 11:10 pm

@WillemK - Superb sighting of Tshidi, grown up cub of Barolong! :dance: Thanx for posting! :thumbs_up: When you have time, could you also please fill in the "Report a Sighting' form in my link below, for the ID project.
Thanx!
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by AstroMatt » Wed Sep 18, 2013 2:32 pm

Great sightings all round!!
Thanks for the update info Wanderw and for the identification of Tshidi :thumbs_up:

Wendzh....what a great sighting of two leoaprds. I've had a look at the pictures that you've posted here and i can't identify them with any of the current leopards i know about. :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up:
I'm currently trying to update the guide as there have been quite a few recent changes (pictures etc). I'd really like to include these in the next version. Could you please drop me an email so we can get sort this.
As you were the first to report them can you also start thinking of some suitable names. The rules are african sounding and related to the park. I'd suggest doing some google searches for suitable names. When you've found a few please drop them in an email to me.

WillemK...what a sighting of Tshidi. He is looking very healthy and has a cracking set of teeth ;)
If you can submit this as a report on my website then that would be appreciated.

A couple of other reports i've had recently. There is a new male leopard been seen at Kaspersdraai, he isn't an old boy but looks to be fully grown. I've also had a report of N!xau at Polentswa on the 25th August 2013 early in the morning. He was looking a bit bashed up with a bloody nose.
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 » Wed Sep 18, 2013 6:12 pm

As I said earlier I've been updating some pictures in the guide.
In particular I've been updating Warona's photos seeing as he is no longer a small cub. In doing so I found the following comparisons quite interesting and I thought I'd share them. The photos on the left are mine taken in December 2012 and the ones on the right are Sean O'Hagan's from August 2013.
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You can see how the skull has changed shape quite a bit. Also the ear size is interesting.
Enjoy!
Kgalagadi Leopard Project
http://www.ast.uct.ac.za/~schurch/leopards/

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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 cruisa » Wed Oct 09, 2013 1:01 am

21. September 2013 7 km north of Geinab

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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by AstroMatt » Thu Oct 10, 2013 9:58 am

Here is a new leopard for the Kaspersdraai area called Motsumi.
Mike Cary spotted him on 10th September 2013 at around 8am.
He is a young male judging by the small testicles but he is looking very well. He was spotted the following day at the same location.
All the pictures are courtesy of Mike.
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