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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by wanderw » Fri Oct 03, 2014 10:26 am

Another update on sightings:

!) A cub(size of a jackal) was seen at Montrose on 19 September at 15.45. It was a sad sighting as the cub was very thin and seemed to be injured. The cub has been named Tsholofelo - means 'Hope' in Tswana.

2) Tebogo - seen at Polentswa campsite on the 22 September at 18.55. He was very curious and even inspected the camp fire.

All for now! If you see some spots, please let us know and post. :wink:
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by AstroMatt » Tue Oct 07, 2014 11:08 am

Not strictly about leopards but its about the energetics of big cats.
Last week Gus and Margie Mills were part of a team who published a really exciting paper on the energetics of cheetah hunts, this was a comparative study to another research groups study on Pumas.
Here are a few links to both the article and various summaries. You might need a Science account to get hold of the full article but the Reuters summary is pretty good.

http://www.sciencemag.org/content/346/6205/79.full
http://www.sciencemag.org/content/346/6205/33.full
http://uk.reuters.com/article/2014/10/02/us-science-cheetah-idUKKCN0HR2DK20141002
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by AstroMatt » Sat Oct 11, 2014 5:10 pm

Re posting this here as I originally posted it in the webcams thread.
AstroMatt wrote:Thanks to Enrico for the tip off of the leopard this morning.
I was able to find the photo after the one he posted and identify the leopard.
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This leopard is V-nose....its an amazing sighting as it is only the second record I have of him! He was last seen drinking at the waterhole on 29th December 2010!!
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by wanderw » Sun Oct 12, 2014 7:29 pm

Another update of sightings to add to the sighting of Vnose (above) that AstroMatt posted:

1) Auchterlonie Female - seen between Houmoed and Munro at 9.00 on 14/09/14.
2) New Leopard - seen a km before Bitterpan at 17.40 on 24/09/14.
3) L54 - seen at Mpayaputlwa(Botswana side) at 22.00 on 22/09/14.
4) Ontlametse - seen between Rooiputs and Melkvlei in September(a few sightings).
5) Warona - most recent sighting was near Houmoed on 04/10/14.
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by kyknetta » Fri Oct 17, 2014 1:55 pm

2) Tebogo - seen at Polentswa campsite on the 22 September at 18.55. He was very curious and even inspected the camp fire.


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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by wanderw » Wed Oct 29, 2014 9:32 pm

Another sightings update for those who are interested:

1) Haigamas - seen at Nossob hide at 22.09 on 23/9/14.
2) Rosa - seen near Geinab at 18.00 on 26/09/14.
3) Miera - seen at Rooibrak at 09.10 on 14/10/14.
4) Balete and Motsumi - seen mating at Kaspersdraai at 10.00 on 17/09/14.
5) Ontlametse - seen south of Melkvlei on 19/10/14.
6) 2 adult leopards seen 10km north of Dikbaardskolk on 11/10/14. (suspected Balete and Motsumi?)
7) Safran and Naledi - seen 10km south of Grootkolk on 10/10/14.
8 ) Auchterlonie Female - seen close to Houmoed at 06.46 on 15/10/14.

To all the forumites in the park at the moment - Wishing you a fantastic time!!! :dance:
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by wanderw » Thu Nov 06, 2014 12:08 pm

OldTimer01 - Welcome to the forum! Hope you have an awesome trip. :thumbs_up:

Another update:
1) Barolong and Itumeleng - seen on the 28th of October and again on the 2nd of November, at Urikaruus camp.
2)Warona - was seen chasing an AWC a km south of Leeudril on 01/11/14. She is definitely exploring the park now.
3)L64 - seen at Bitterpan on 22/10/14 - 3.30am. Naming in process!
4) Ingwe - seen at Gemsbokplein in September 2014. The first time she has been reported in the Auob riverbed.

Very envious of forumites booked at Urikaruus camp at the moment! :mrgreen: Happy Spotting! :dance:
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by wanderw » Sat Nov 15, 2014 6:26 pm

Posting on behalf of rjm:

:dance: A wonderful sighting of Safran and her new cub Naledi on the 24th of October at Ljiersdraai:

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Thank you rjm! :thumbs_up:
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by AstroMatt » Mon Nov 17, 2014 12:38 pm

Thanks for posting Rob's photos Wanderw. :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up:
Such a fantastic sighting. So please that little Naledi is doing well. Will be looking out for them when we go up in a few weeks time.

In other news, Barolong and Itumeleng have been sighted a few times at Urikaruus and Warona has now moved over to the Nossob river and has been seen between Leeuwdril and Rooiputs quite often this month.

For those heading up keep your eyes peeled in those areas :)
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by Fotomaljohan » Wed Nov 19, 2014 9:51 pm

Great ID of V-Nose on the Nossob webcam AstroMatt early in October! It is now almost four years since I spotted (and recorded the sighting) on the 29th December 2010. We were there towards the end of October this year and I waited for him every night, but with no luck!
Thank you also to every one for all the other wonderful sightings, photos and stories!
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by wanderw » Fri Nov 21, 2014 8:18 am

Thanks for the update AstroMatt! I do hope you guys manage to connect with Warona on your trip! :thumbs_up:

@Fotomaljohan - Is'nt it amazing that V nose was seen 4 years after your sighting. It is great to have him back as a 'current' leopard for the guide. :dance:

Now another update:
1) Tswana has been seen with a new cub(Namabies) about 5km west of Dikbaardskolk - at 7.50am on 12/11/14.

2) L72 - was seen at Urikaruus on the 15/11/14 at 6.30am. Another very interesting sighting as the male L72 was last seen at Bitterpan also over 4 years ago.
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by Dantheman » Fri Nov 28, 2014 9:55 am

We have downloaded our Leopard and Cheetah guides and will have them ready for our coming Kgalagadi visit.
SOOOO glad :D that Ingwe was spotted in September 2014(any pictures?), last sighting was in June 2013? after we 1st ID'd her on 14 April 2012.

KTP - Mata Mata 13 Dec'14
KTP - Grootkolk 14-15 Dec'14
KTP - Kieliekrankie 16-17 Dec'14
KTP - Urikaruus 18-19 Dec'14

KNP - Mjejane 26 Dec'14 to 01 Jan'15
KNP - Orpen 02-03 Jan'15
KNP - Satara 04 Jan'15
One day we will be exploring the bush for 10 years non-stop!!!!!!!!!!

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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by wanderw » Sat Nov 29, 2014 3:21 pm

@Dantheman - Hope you have a fantastic trip and put the Leopard and Cheetah guides to good use! :thumbs_up: As for the sighting of Ingwe at Gemsbokplein - watch this space(Photobucket is not playing along at the moment). Hoping to post soon! :pray:
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by wanderw » Sat Nov 29, 2014 4:10 pm

Ingwe seen at Gemsbokplein on 15th September 2014. Photo credits go to Yoricka van der Merwe.

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Many thanks to Yoricka for giving me permission to post. :gflower:
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by Eagle Owl » Sun Nov 30, 2014 1:54 pm

Hi all, I haven't been on the forums for a while (okay, something like 4 years). However, seeing that our leopard pics of Ingwe have been posted here (thanks Wanda) I felt I should say something about it. Firstly, this was our first trip to the Kgalagadi! And what a trip!! We stayed in Mata Mata for 8 nights and the first and last night in TR (ten full days). On the road between MM and TR we had more than twenty lion sightings in 10 days. We had six cheetah sightings and plenty general animal sightings. However, as our visit draw to the end we had no leopard sightings as yet. And we thought that on this trip this was the only cat we would not see. Our night drive guide, Ian, also were not very optimistic about leopard sightings in that stretch. However, when passing some other people and asking what they have seen there was nearly every day a sighting of leopard around Montrose and Auchterlonie and surrounding areas.

Our last full day arrived and we headed from Mata Mata to TR. It was open day for the lions in the Kgalagadi!!! From Mata Mata to just passed Urukaruus we had five different lion sightings. And then, near Gemsbokplein, there she was, next to the road in the shadow of a tree, but we saw her too late and the trailor made a noise as we came to a halt...eish, two other cars were also at the sighting. Sorry guys! She stood up and started walking through the dry riverbed to the dune. We managed probably 100 photos of her, walking...then she went up the dune, laid on the top under a bush for a few minutes and then dissapeared over the dune. We had our leopard!

Great that she turned out to be one that is very seldom seen! For a female Ingwe is actually huge. And in excellent condition!

We saw another two lion sightings after her (7 lion sightings before 13;00) and a female cheetah with two cubs around the Monro area. That we are hooked to the Kgalagadi is no secret. And we will soon return! Seeing on facebook how many leopards are on the MM and TR stretch I am dumbfounded that we did not at least have one other sighting! But I gladly take Ingwe for this round and hope to see her more in the future! Thanks for the nice comment on the pic Dantheman....seeing that you are the people that saw her first, I guess it is your leopard, lol!! It would definitely have been mine!! :D


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