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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by lion queen » Wed Jan 21, 2015 9:03 am

Spend a good 6 minutes at the water hole..................

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Unread post by lion queen » Wed Jan 21, 2015 9:05 am

She then returned to the ridge to lay down in a small "cave"

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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by wanderw » Tue Feb 03, 2015 8:59 am

An update on leopard sightings for January 2015:

1)Safran - seen near the Ljiersdraai picnic site at 17.10 on the 10th.
2)Warona - seen balancing on the Houmoed dam, then had a small accident and half fell in - at 8am on the 10th. Warona was fine after her little dip, must have been a very interesting sighting. :wink:
3) Auchterlonie female - seen between Houmoed and Munro on the 15th, and again on the 18th 1km north of Munro. Please keep you eyes open - there must be a cub around there somewhere.
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by lion queen » Tue Feb 03, 2015 4:37 pm

I have another sighting to share with you.............

We saw Itumeleng Sunday 1 February at Rooibrak.

She was sitting up under the trees right across from the waterhole. Still can't believe that we were the only car at that stage!!

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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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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by lion queen » Tue Feb 03, 2015 4:39 pm

Making sure we are not interested in her Breakfast!!

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Unread post by lion queen » Tue Feb 03, 2015 4:42 pm

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

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Unread post by lion queen » Tue Feb 03, 2015 4:43 pm

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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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

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She then decided it might be a better to just disappear over the ridge!!
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

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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