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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 lion queen » Wed Jan 09, 2013 2:03 pm

Stunning photos and sighting both of you!!!!

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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by jacowolmarans » Wed Jan 09, 2013 2:10 pm

Beautiful! Glad he's back - and with him sniffing around Safran, hopefully we'll spot some cubs soon!

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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by Duke Ellieton » Wed Jan 09, 2013 2:59 pm

Hope so too jw :thumbs_up:

and there is another female, Rosa, who is also in the area.

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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by anne-marie » Wed Jan 09, 2013 4:33 pm

:dance: :dance: :dance: only good news :D
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by AstroMatt » Wed Jan 09, 2013 5:49 pm

Great pictures and welcome to the forum Jaco.

When I was in the park in Dec I kept hearing of rumours of a leopard with a cub on the Nossob side around the Lijersdraai waterhole. However, nobody I met had any photos that they could show me.
But I received an email from Mario Fazekas (kruger-to-kalahari website) that finally allowed the mystery of who it was to be put to bed.

Thanks to Mario :thumbs_up: we know that Safran is currently a proud mum or a leopard who is probably around 4-6 months old (age is very difficult so please take this with a pinch of salt :wink: )

Courtesy of Mario Fazekas
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Mario's sighting was at 18:00 on the 22 November 2012.
Kgalagadi Leopard Project
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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 anne-marie » Wed Jan 09, 2013 10:03 pm

. :dance: :dance: :dance: Safran... you are the best... :clap: :clap: :clap:
will try too find both of you in March :pray: .... but only 2 nights at Nossob :shock: :wall: :wall:
thank you AstroMatt and Mario Fazekas :wink: :D
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by lion queen » Thu Jan 10, 2013 7:53 am

AstroMatt, Franco told us too of Safran and her cub ( apparently she had two and then only seen with one), but we could not find her during our November or December trip.

Great to see this photo!!! :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by wanderw » Thu Jan 10, 2013 7:59 am

@Evel - Many thanks for posting your very interesting series of pix of Dakotah and Gertie:mrgreen: , and for sending the details to AstroMatt. :gflower:

@jacowolmarans - Welcome and thank you for posting N!xau and Safran. :dance: :thumbs_up: Super sighting!

@Sharifa - Thanx for posting Leopard Magnet! :gflower:

Lovely to see N!xau after all this time! :dance:

@AstroMatt and Mario Fazekas - Thank you for the evidence! :wink: :thumbs_up:

@lion queen - thanx for the extra info on Safran! :thumbs_up:

As AstroMatt said, the 'rumour no more' of the leopard and cub at Ljiersdraai has been around KTP for some time. Mario saw Safran and the cub on the 22nd of November. If anybody else out there has pix of Safran and her cub, please post. :pray:
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by anne-marie » Thu Jan 10, 2013 8:28 am

will do... will do... in April :lol: :pray:
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by Scouter » Thu Jan 10, 2013 11:44 am

What is the cub eating up in the tree ? Looks horribly like a jackal ?
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by jacowolmarans » Thu Jan 10, 2013 12:35 pm

Not wanting to be the harbinger of bad news, but regarding Safran's cub, Dr Matthew Schurch mentioned that N!xau may have killed it to bring Safran back on heat.

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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by anne-marie » Thu Jan 10, 2013 5:15 pm

. :shock: I don't know if I understand correctly... no more Safran's cub :? ... or ?
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by wanderw » Thu Jan 10, 2013 5:45 pm

jacowolmarans wrote:Not wanting to be the harbinger of bad news, but regarding Safran's cub, Dr Matthew Schurch mentioned that N!xau may have killed it to bring Safran back on heat.


Yes, a possibility, NOT a certainty! Until more forumites post or report to AstroMatt re Safran and her cub, we do not know whether the cub is still alive. N!xau may also be the father of the cub. If so, the cub is safe, and N!xau will check on Safran every now and then to see when she is ready to mate again.
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by anne-marie » Thu Jan 10, 2013 5:54 pm

oups ! thank you wanderw :pray:
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