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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by lion queen » Tue Feb 03, 2015 4:38 pm

She then started to eat something which we later IDed as a Genet.

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Making sure we are not interested in her Breakfast!!

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I assume the Genet was not very tasty as she then started eating grass!!

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Then we got some nice poses!!

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She then decided there are to many cars (6 in total!!) to her liking and first tried to hide in the tree!
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She then decided it might be a better to just disappear over the ridge!!
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Unread post by lion queen » Tue Feb 03, 2015 4:49 pm

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In total we spend nearly an hour with her!!

Nothing left of the cub that's in the photos in Astromatt's Leopard Guide.............now all grown up and a beautiful leopard!!

Hopefully she'll spoil us with many sighting over the years to come!
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by wanderw » Tue Feb 03, 2015 7:58 pm

Wow LQ! What a great sighting and pix of a lovely young leopardess. I estimate that she is only around a year old and it looks like she is doing ok for herself. Many thanks for sharing this with all of us. :gflower:
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by Red Dune » Thu Feb 26, 2015 10:38 am

Got hold of a 'hear-say' version of an experience where visitors to the KTP booked in at TR early morning and then went straight onto the Nossob road for their day-drive. At Kij-Kij they turned left on to the southern dune-road towards the Musuem and eventually back to TR later on a day that meassured 42 degrees outside.

Besides the fact that they saw lion groupings at Leeudril, Kij-Kij and Ancheolonie . . . they also came across a leopard drinking at Munro . . . as well as another leopard feeding on a springbok in a scrub right next to the road, about 1 km north of Houmoed. To crown it all, there was also a female Cheetha with two grown cubs lying in the shade close to the water at Samevloeiing. What a drive this must have been in very adverse conditions for good sightings !

Would like to know whether anybody else has seen any leopard in the Munro/Houmoed in recent times as well.
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by wanderw » Thu Feb 26, 2015 11:39 am

@jenand - Hope you have a great trip in March! :thumbs_up:

@Red Dune - That was some drive those people had! :dance:

The Auchterlonie Female has been seen near Munro in January and February and there have been 2nd hand reports that she has also been seen with a very young cub. Also, In January, Warona(the Auchterlonie Female's grown up female cub) was seen at Houmoed, but recently she has been seen back at Leeudril, on the nossob side. Hope you have a super trip Red Dune! :thumbs_up:
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by Red Dune » Thu Feb 26, 2015 1:29 pm

Hi there W, Good to here from you again. Thanx for the info.

We'll in all probability now take the MM road up to the museum, then across to Kij Kij for max exposure should any of the cats be out in the open arround Houmoed and Munro. Simply need to do it this way because we would not have another chance (any time) in the South.

I really also want to see the leopard at Caspers as well. You just need to cut your time very fine, because this animal has got the apparent habit to only appear very, very late in the afternoon . . . just about the very minute that you've got to just about race for the gate at Nossob !

Took some very nice pics within the KTP last year March as well . . . please let me have your personal e-mail address by PM . . . for me to light up your Thursday afternoon here in Cape Town.

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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by Dwyka3 » Sun Mar 15, 2015 8:51 pm

On a visit to Kgalagadi February 2015, I was so fortunate to see leopard 3 days in a row!!
The Auchterlonie female all 3 days? Correct me if I'm wrong.

7 February
Between Houmoed & Munro late afternoon we saw a leopard on a kill on the opposite side of
the riverbed. It was a bit far for my camera lens. The leopard is on the right side of the
picture busy opening the springbok carcass from the hind side.

ImageDSC_0006 by uyscarien, on Flickr

8 February
Early in the morning a leopard was lying under a tree on the opposite side of the riverbed,
also between Houmoed & Munro, nearer to Munro than the previous day.
She stood up, walked along the riverbed, crossed the road and disappeared over the dune.
Image7 by uyscarien, on Flickr

Image10 by uyscarien, on Flickr

9 February
Late morning on our way back to Twee Rivieren, between Munro & Kamfersboom,
we saw a leopard under a tree next to the road.
Unfortunately on our approach she started walking towards a calcrete ridge to
the right side, disappeared in what looks like a whole in the ridge behind bushes.
Maybe a cub in there?

Image2 by uyscarien, on Flickr

Image5 by uyscarien, on Flickr

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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by AstroMatt » Sun Mar 15, 2015 9:19 pm

Fantastic sightings Dwyka3!! What an amazing three days it must have been.
She certainly looks like she has had a cub recently and I've heard rumors of a mum and cub in that area....but I've not seen any photos yet!!
:pray:
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by GavinW » Mon Mar 30, 2015 7:23 am

This is an excerpt from our Travel tale, "Wannabe Larnies in the KTP, Dec 2014"
We saw Warona at Kamfersboom at about 6.30am on 4 January 2015:


We had travelled no more than a few hundred meters when Debbie spotted some movement up on the calcrete ridges on the far side of the riverbed. :big_eyes:


A Leopard!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Warona


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She slowly walked along the ridge and down into the riverbed

(Sorry for all the pics, but I DO love leopards!!) :twisted:

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We were ecstatic, and although we were looking straight into the rising sun, we didn’t care.

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We took a few proof pics, and we were convinced that she was definitely headed for the waterhole, so we turned around all ready for a super sighting of her.

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However, all of a sudden she noticed the jackals up on the hill on the far side of the valley, and immediately turned and headed up to them.

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She chased the jackals away and then disappeared into the dunes.
We waited, went forwards then backwards looking for her, and waited some more in the hope that she would come and drink, but she never did.
No matter, we had had a great, albeit brief sighting of the lovely lady.
See our trip reports:

Christmas Trees in the Kalahari May 2012
Winner Travel Tale of the year - Other Parks 2012

Wannabe Larnies in the KTP December/Jan 2015
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