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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by AstroMatt » Sun Jun 07, 2015 2:10 pm

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

ritad wrote:Image
When it's a female, i say she's pregnant!


After being sent a great shot of L-51 at the Nossob hide last November i thought that i would try him against this webcam shot...amazingly it is a match!! This is only the 4th sighting of this male. It really seems like there are a few large males in the area but that they only get seen at night!

Thanks for the heads up on this sighting Arks.
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by arks » Thu Jun 11, 2015 12:36 pm

AstroMatt wrote:
arks wrote:From the Nossob webcam highlights thread ... any idea who this might be?

ritad wrote:Image
When it's a female, i say she's pregnant!


After being sent a great shot of L-51 at the Nossob hide last November i thought that i would try him against this webcam shot...amazingly it is a match!! This is only the 4th sighting of this male. It really seems like there are a few large males in the area but that they only get seen at night!

Thanks for the heads up on this sighting Arks.

Pleasure, Matthew! Delighted that you've been able to ID him :dance:
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by wanderw » Fri Jul 03, 2015 9:35 am

Another update on leopard sightings:
1) Ingwe - 01/05/15 - seen between Tierkop and Kij Gamies
2) Balete - seen late April and 18/05/15 at Cheleka, drinking water
3) Miera and cub Masego - seen on 30/04/15, a few kms from Montrose
4) Khumo(L72) - seen on 04/05/15 at Bitterpan
5) Boroko(L64) - seen on 06/05/15 at Bitterpan
6) Warona - seen on 27/05/15,500 m north of Leeudril
7) Namabies(Tswana's cub) - seen on 18/05/15, 5km from Dikbaardskolk,top dune road, at just past noon
8 ) Itumeleng seen on 26/05/15 at Rooibrak, between 11am and noon
9) Dakotah and Urinanib(female) - seen on 06/06/15, on road to !Xaus
10) L97 - seen on 01/05/15, 25km south east of Swartpan

No more June sightings out there? :pray:
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by Sigmund » Tue Jul 07, 2015 5:58 pm

It's been about a year now since Kabelo was last spotted?

We saw him at Leeudril beginning of July 2014 and then he apparently was seen on the 29th July 2014 at Rooiputs

No more recent news or spottings by anyone?
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by Muhammad » Tue Aug 04, 2015 9:10 am

New leopard as identified by Matthew.first seen and reported 30th June 2015.

My sighting at Kwang on 21st July 2015.

Leopard named: Lorato

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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by AstroMatt » Tue Aug 04, 2015 3:11 pm

Thanks for the report Muhammad, the photos are great and so useful.

Lorato is officially the projects 100th identified leopard!! A big thanks must go to everyone on this forum who have posted photos and sighting info over the years. Who would have thought that we would reach such a milestone.

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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by Sigmund » Wed Aug 05, 2015 6:19 pm

Sigmund wrote:It's been about a year now since Kabelo was last spotted?

We saw him at Leeudril beginning of July 2014 and then he apparently was seen on the 29th July 2014 at Rooiputs

No more recent news or spottings by anyone?


No one able to give an answer on the above question?
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by AstroMatt » Wed Aug 05, 2015 7:56 pm

Sorry for missing your earlier post Sigmund. :redface:
The sighting at Rooiputs on the 29th July 2014 is the last I have on record for him. I would suspect that he was pushed out into the dune fields.
Hopefully he will return as a larger male one day. :pray:
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by Sigmund » Thu Aug 06, 2015 8:54 pm

Thanks AstroMatt.

Is being pushed into the dune fields normal procedure for young males in this area?

And by dune fields do you mean the dune fields between the Nossob and Auob?
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by AstroMatt » Thu Aug 06, 2015 11:47 pm

Good questions and happy to give my take on the situation.

All young males will struggle for territory until they are big enough to contest the prime areas. The southern section of the park was traditionally held by the big male Rooibrak. However, he's been gone for a while so there is clearly a vacancy to be capitalised on. When Kabelo turned up it very much looked like he was exploring the area and was possibly sizing it up to see if there was space for him.
I suspect that he bumped into one of the neighbouring larger males, maybe Dakotah or Nkwe and got a bit of a scare.
Since there is not a huge amount of space in the southern section of the park i would suspect that he would head into the Botswana dunes to escape a big beating. This is also sort of backed up by the lack of sightings. Of course he could have had a more serious confrontation and got injured or killed. Also explaining the lack of sightings.

Lets hope that he does his weights in the dunes and comes back to treat us all to more wonderful sightings.

We've also not really seen young males exploring in the south before, probably because of Rooibraks presence over the years. So Kabelo's presence and behaviour was a bit of a first, and it was great to have so much detail on his movements from the many sightings.
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by ice » Sat Aug 22, 2015 6:28 am

Matt has been able to identify the three leopards we saw during our July trip to the park: Masego and then, a few days later, the Auchterlonie female with its cub Mpho. Since sightings of the latter seem to be rare, he has also uploaded some our pictures on his facebook side, for those who are interested.

thanks again, Matt

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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by AstroMatt » Sat Aug 22, 2015 1:14 pm

No worries Ice, its a pleasure identifying the leopards.
Here are the photos you sent me of the sighting of the Auchterlonie Female and Mpho....posted on your behalf.
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by wanderw » Thu Sep 03, 2015 11:57 am

Just an update on other recent sightings:

1) Kenosi - new leo :dance: seen near Melkvlei on 17/6/2015 at 11.12am.
2) Masego - 16/7/2015 - seen a km north of Batulama
3) Miera - seen at Batulama at 8.50am on 01/8/2015
4) Auchterlonie Female - seen on 22/8/2015, near Houmoed
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by wanderw » Sun Oct 18, 2015 3:23 pm

Another update on recent sightings:

1) Lorato - seen about 500 m north of Kwang on 7 September at 8.30am.
2) Balete - seen on the 13th of September at Kaspersdraai.
3) Miera - seen at Gemsbokplein on the 10th of September, at 8.44am.
4) Safran - After a brief stint at Polentswa, she was last seen back at Ljiersdraai at the end of September.
5) Itumeleng - moving around a bit. Seen on the 7th of September at 14th Borehole, at 11.30am, then seen on the 8th of October between 14th BH and Dalkeith, then at 13th BH on the 9th of October.
6) Warona - seen near Leeudril on the 25th of September, at 17.30. She also spent the night at Rooiputs Lodge - outside unit 8 - 14th of October.
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by cruisa » Wed Oct 21, 2015 9:15 pm

Just want to share a sighting with you:

The Nanny
Looks like Mama Springbok was busy and hired a Nanny for the baby. We stayed for one hour with them but not until the probably sad ending.
Even if it's nature, it is strange to see a newborn bokkie and to know that his life will be very short.
Sorry, the pics are not really good but they were quite far away.
From the latest updates in this thread I guess that we saw Itumeleng. It was 04. October 2015 near Urikaruus waterhole

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