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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by wanderw » Wed Mar 26, 2014 4:05 pm

jenand and GavinW - great sightings and pix of both Kabelo and Ontlametse! :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

And thank you both for posting, and Debbie, for spotting! :dance: :thumbs_up:
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by AstroMatt » Thu Mar 27, 2014 10:19 am

Thanks for posting the pictures here jenand and GavinW, and well done to Debbie for the spot...I gather it was a tricky one ;) :thumbs_up:

Seems like sightings are picking up a bit after a dry spell during February.
Kabelo was spotted at Houmoed on the 18th March 2014 so it would appear that he is exploring the south a bit....maybe we might have a new resident male in the making? Time will tell :)
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by Herkaun » Sat Mar 29, 2014 2:56 am

Not sure who this is, but saw him/her at the Nossob hide after 11:00pm. This was on January 4th this year. Was chased away by big Mr. Lion.

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He/she suddenly appeared in the darkness like a ghost. The Lion was there earlier in the evening, but returned to chase him/her away.
My blood dried up! I now have RED SAND in my veins!

Nossob: 3-5 January 2014

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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by AstroMatt » Sat Mar 29, 2014 9:58 am

Welcome to the forum and this thread Herkaun.
Lovely sighting at the hide and great photos :thumbs_up:
You saw the female called Haigamas. She hasn't been seen very often and is very distinctive as she has a lot of little almost cheetah like spots.

Would you mind sending me a full report through my website below.
Thanks :thumbs_up:
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by Herkaun » Sun Mar 30, 2014 9:02 pm

Thanks to everybody for the kind words.
Here are the last 2 shots of her before she disappeared. It just shows that the lion is still the king.

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Once I removed the harsh flash shadows, the 13x19 inch prints were just gorgeous!!!
My blood dried up! I now have RED SAND in my veins!

Nossob: 3-5 January 2014

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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by wanderw » Thu Apr 10, 2014 11:37 am

Posting on behalf of rjm:

rjm saw Barolong at the Urikaruus waterhole - on 30/03/14 at 20.39.

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Lovely sighting rjm! :thumbs_up:
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by jaffles » Fri Apr 18, 2014 2:05 pm

Hi all,

we stayed at Kgalagadi NP on February 2014. We were lucky to spot two different leopards. But one them was a little bit far away. Here are the pics.
Nr. 1 was on 16.02.2014 close to Gemsbokplein waterhole

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Nr. 2 was on 17.02.2014 close to Roiputs waterhole

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Hope, you can identifie this two.
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by AstroMatt » Fri Apr 18, 2014 2:30 pm

Lovely sightings Claudia :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up:
Your first sighting was of Warona....she is looking really well :dance:
The second sighting is of the new young male in the area called Kabelo, he was seen a few times in February and March. :clap:

Would you mind filling in a full report on my website.
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by wanderw » Mon Apr 21, 2014 8:57 pm

Gorgeous sightings of Warona and Kabelo. Thanx for posting Claudia. :thumbs_up:
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by AstroMatt » Tue Apr 22, 2014 4:14 pm

Hi shaheen....welcome to the leopard identification thread. :D
You ask some tricky questions :think:

Sightings have been quite reasonable lately. There have been several sightings of the new leopard Kabelo in the Southern area of the park, he roams up to Rooiupts in the Nossob and around Houmoed in the Aoub.
Warona has also been seen nearer to Auchterlonie a few times recently.

In my opinion the best section of road for leopards is between the dune roads on the Aoub side. There are a number of females that have established territories along that stretch. The big males do a lot of roaming so they really could appear anywhere along the road.

Best time of day is certainly early morning and late evening, but leopards are active at all times of the day, particularly as things start cooling down a bit. Keep your eyes open for any signs of activity such as recently stashed kills, spoor etc. Always worth spending some time watching and waiting.

You should also download a copy of the guide from the website in my signature. It is designed to be used on a laptop, iPad or similar device. Useful to get an idea of which leopards are in what locations, and obviously to identify any you see. :thumbs_up:

Best of luck and I hope you get your spots :cam:
Cheers
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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 lion queen » Wed Apr 23, 2014 10:14 am

Great sightings of Warona and Kabelo!! :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by RhymeZA » Thu Apr 24, 2014 9:22 am

Hi all,

on 17 April just before 08h00 we saw this beauty between Marie's and Kaspersdraai. It was a few km south of the southern entrance to Marie's.


We slowly approached a funny shape lying in the road. The road was graded that morning so I imagine the wet sand was cool-ish.

Note: we've been unlucky with leopard sightings to date so I'm no expert. I've assumed it's a she due to lack of you-know-what :lol:

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As we got closer she rose and walked towards us :dance: :dance: :dance:

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She passed right by us -- at one stage no more than 3 metres away!

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Paused for a few seconds and continued north.

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She looked west and then crossed the road, paused one last time and disappeared in the vegetation towards the riverbed. All in all about 5 minutes of brilliant sighting.

I cannot find her in the guide? Some help please?

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June 2015 - Orpen & Biyamiti
? 2015 - Kgalagadi

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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by wanderw » Thu Apr 24, 2014 2:50 pm

Hi RhymeZA
Brilliant sighting of Langklaas. :thumbs_up: I am sure a lot of forumites are very green! :wink:
Could you please fill out the 'Report a Sighting' form in the link at the end of my post. And many thanks for posting here.
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by wanderw » Thu Apr 24, 2014 2:54 pm

Oops! Forgot to mention, Langklaas is a beauty, and might have cubs somewhere, if a previous mating was successful.
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by RhymeZA » Fri Apr 25, 2014 3:05 pm

Thank you all,

we've not been very lucky with leopard sightings in the past -- one sighting in more than 30 nights in Kgalagadi and Kruger before this one. So this was like hitting the jackpot :dance:

My parents (who were with us on the trip) saw a leopard on 19 April close to Leeuwdril. It was quite far away -- to far for their little 'mik & druk' camera. :?
There were other people with long lenses at the sighting so hopefully these pics will surface.

Wanderw, I filled in the report and emailed Astromatt.

Happy sighting!

Rudolph
Dec 2014 - Karoo & Mokala
June 2015 - Orpen & Biyamiti
? 2015 - Kgalagadi


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