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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by arks » Thu Apr 23, 2015 1:57 pm

Thanks for trying, Wanda :gflower: Must be added difficulty to try to work out spots on the very small webcam image ... and of course with a webcam image there's no higher resolution image available :wall:
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by wanderw » Thu May 07, 2015 8:56 am

An update on leopard sights:
1)Miera and cub Masego was seen a few kms north of Montrose on the 8th of April at 7.34am.
2)Auchterlonie Female and cub - seen near Munro early to mid April.
3)Warona - seen near Leeudril early April and near Munro on the 18th. She really does move around.
4)Tswana - seen 8 to 10kms from Dikbaardskolk, along Dune road, also in April.
And lastly,but not least
5) Rosa was seen at Kannaguass on the 16th of March at 8.14am.Good news is that she looked very pregnant. Hoping for new cubs! :pray:
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by jaffles » Wed May 20, 2015 2:29 pm

On our trip to Kgalagadi in February 2015 we could spot 2 different leopards.
The first one was on 23.02.2015 at 18:05. The leopard was far away on the ridge between Batulama and Montrose. Can some one identify this one?


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The second one was on 24.02.2015 17:43 at Kamqwa Waterhole, than he crossed the pad and walked to the kalkridge. He moved towards Urikaruus. We can watch him for nearly a half hour. I guess, its Dakotah.


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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by wanderw » Wed May 20, 2015 11:46 pm

@jaffles
Your first leopard you saw between Batulama and Montrose was Miera. As for the second leopard - Spot on jaffles! It was Dakotah at Kamqua. :dance: Many thanks for posting. :gflower:
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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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