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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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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 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.
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Wannabe Larnies in the KTP December/Jan 2015
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by WillieV » Tue Mar 31, 2015 12:59 pm

From our August 2014 TR

Under TRAVEL TALES

August 2014 short trip to Kgalagadi

It is still 19 August, our last full day in Kgalagadi, and we were two km north of Montrose on our way back to Twee Rivieren. I just said it seems that this trip will be without any Leopard sightings when I sighted a Leopard on the far side of the river bed.

The Leopard was eating leftovers of a big bird. It was just past 16h00 and we did not see a car for a while. I was just ready to take my first photo when a big truck came from Mata Mata and I had to make way for it. Luckily the driver did not see the Leopard and drove on.

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She cleaned her face.
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Marked the tree.
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Then came straight for us.
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It was Miera.
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She just came closer and closer to us.
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And then crossed the road in front of us.
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And disappeared over the ridge.
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by AstroMatt » Wed Apr 01, 2015 4:36 pm

Wonderful sighting of Warona GavinW!! Thanks for sharing it here.

Willie you have some stunning images there. Miera really is looking lovely :)
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by Tony T » Thu Apr 02, 2015 10:15 am

Lovely leopard sightings - thanks for sharing!

Can someone id this youngster please? I took these photos in Oct 2010 between Samevlooing and Twee Revieren.


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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by wanderw » Thu Apr 02, 2015 5:02 pm

@Tony T - I believe this young leopard is No. 12, the last known cub of Maya. What date in October did you see this leo? Maja was relocated near Nossob in October 2010. A little while later No. 12 was relocated near Nossob as well. You might have been the last person to see this little one.

Many thanks for posting! :gflower:
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by Jan van Wyk » Thu Apr 02, 2015 8:25 pm

Beautiful images and sightings :clap: :clap:


wanderw wrote:@Tony T - I believe this young leopard is No. 12, the last known cub of Maya. What date in October did you see this leo? Maja was relocated near Nossob in October 2010. A little while later No. 12 was relocated near Nossob as well. You might have been the last person to see this little one.


I am a little bit confuse.......

Sorry for uploading old images from 2011 :wall:

Photograph the below mother and cub near Montrose in December 2011 ... believed it was Maja at that time.

Just a few questions?

- Can it be Maja if she was relocated to Nossob October 2010?
- Did the cub below survived and got a name?
- Is this the same Leopard Willie uploaded?

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Will appreciate any feedback......

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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by wanderw » Thu Apr 02, 2015 11:45 pm

@Jan van Wyk - Thanx for posting. :thumbs_up:
To answer your questions:
Your leopard is not Maja. You saw the Auchterlonie Female and her 2011 cub Cagn. Willie saw Miera at the top of this page. Cagn was last seen at the end of August 2013 near Rooiputs.

arks wrote:Interesting - and useful - to have older sightings like this one reported, thus filling in gaps and adding to the overall research picture. :thumbs_up:


Spot on Arks! :wink: Historical sightings are really important too and help solve lots of puzzles like family trees and ages of leopards. :thumbs_up:
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by Tony T » Fri Apr 03, 2015 1:05 pm

@Wandaw, Thanks for the ID - I took the photos on 3/10 /10 and these 2 the following day (I think) in the same area, so assume its the same leo. All taken very late afternoon (ISO challenged light).


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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by wanderw » Fri Apr 03, 2015 3:10 pm

@TonyT - Thanks again! :thumbs_up: Yes, this is the same young leo that you saw the previous day(check the spots on the right front leg). No. 12 would have been just over 9/10 months then.
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by AstroMatt » Mon Apr 06, 2015 2:28 pm

Lovely sighting of No12 TonyT. The last record I have of her was on the 5th October. So you were certainly one of the last to see her.

Jan, great sighting of Auchterlone Female and Cagn (thanks Wanderw for providing the IDs :thumbs_up:)

Just to reiterate Arks and Wanderws comments, historical sightings (as well as current ones) are really important to understanding the larger picture on the leopard dynamics in the park.
Kgalagadi Leopard Project
http://www.ast.uct.ac.za/~schurch/leopards/

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 arks » Fri Apr 17, 2015 1:50 am

From the Nossob webcam highlights thread ... any idea who this might be?

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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by wanderw » Thu Apr 23, 2015 1:39 pm

@arks - Many thanks for the webcam post. :gflower: I have tried to id this leopard but can't quite match the spots, and at the moment i have limited pix available for me to do a comparison. I first thought that it could be Vnose, the big male that has been seen around Nossob every now and then, but as I said the spots don't seem to match up. We will have to wait for AstroMatt's younger eyes to see if he can id this leo.
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