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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by GavinW » Sat Jun 04, 2016 12:04 pm

Thanks Wanda

We saw Miera sitting under a tree just before the waterhole. There was a car parked about 50m ahead of us which we tried to let know about the leopard.
Eventually we drove up to them and told them about the leopard.
They were watching some white backed vultures on a half eaten Gemsbok, which was really strange as there were no other predators around. Could a leopard take down something as large as a gemsbok?
We went back to Miera, who after about 5 minutes, got up, walked up to the ridge and disappeared over the top.

We saw Urinanib busy hunting and marking his territory. He walked along the top of the ridge for about 2kms before going over the top. We were with him for about
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by hilda » Sat Jun 04, 2016 12:15 pm

Lovely sightings and pictures of these gorgeous Leopards GavinW! :clap: :clap:
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by wanderw » Sat Jun 04, 2016 12:52 pm

Thanks for all the info Gavin!
Gemsbok kill? I doubt that a female leopard could take down a full grown gemsbok, unless the gemsbok was very weak and sick, or the leopard was extremely lucky? :hmz: Perhaps the gemsbok died of natural/other causes? and Miera took advantage of the carcass? Leopards are opportunistic after all. A very interesting sighting! :thumbs_up:

Urinanib - seems to be seen quite a bit in the Auob recently. Hope he doesn't meet Dakotah any time soon. :wink:
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by gannet » Sun Jun 05, 2016 10:43 am

gjorgi, kyknetta and GavinW - awesome photos :clap:
- hope some of your "sighting-luck" also comes my way July/Aug - got 2 weeks in KTP :D - can't wait!

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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by kyknetta » Mon Jun 06, 2016 8:10 pm

Thanks for all the kind comments. :gflower:

Jippy Gavin, you found a beautiful Leopard, no, 2, stunning Leopards!!!
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That is good to know that Baralong could catch something to eat.
perfect pix of Miera, and to spend time with Urinanib, that is special!

Hi Gannet, We only saw our first leopard the day before we had to leave the park.(after 17 days!)
That is always so wonderful to see them, but we were in the Kgalagadi several times without seeing one.
Always a reason to go back.....
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by kyknetta » Mon Jun 06, 2016 8:15 pm

WanderW,
I am curios about all the names of the leopards.
Is there anyone that can explain the meaning of the names like Baralong, Urinanib, and Miera. And the rest!
Thanks!
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by gannet » Tue Jun 07, 2016 11:51 am

kyknetta - my guess is that AstroMatt (Kgalagadi Leopard Project) will have many of the "name=meaning" answers.

Offhand, the 2 leopards that we have seen:
'Rooibrak' (Leeuwdril-Aug.2012) = named after Rooibrak waterhole (I presume)
'Lorato' (Kwang-Sept.2015) = Love (Setswana)

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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by wanderw » Sat Jun 11, 2016 8:49 pm

@kyknetta and gannet
The names of the leopards: When my daughter and I first started the ID thread, we used the names that the rangers used(Rooibrak - the massive male seen a lot around Rooibrak waterhole) and mostly named new leopards after the waterholes where they had been seen. When AstroMatt came along towards the end of 2011 and started the Kgalagadi Leopard Project, we both decided that the new leopards would not be named after waterholes, but their names would have an African/KTP flavour/connection. Miera was named after the Mier people in the Kgalagadi, and Barolong after the Barolong tribe. As more new leopards were seen and had to be named, it was decided to use actual African names( eg Itumeleng = Joy,Celebrate, Be happy, Pelo = Heart, Lotlatlana = Dusk, Ontlametse = Protector etc), a lot from the Setswana language. At present we are helping barryels with a Leopard Index for the forum. :hmz: I think it will be a good idea to also include an explanation of each leopard's name on the leopard's specific thread. :thumbs_up:

(kyknetta - Urinanib's meaning has slipped my mind :roll: , will get back to you on that.)
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by kyknetta » Sun Jun 12, 2016 8:18 am

:gflower: :gflower: :gflower:
Thanks WanderW!
Good luck BarryEls!
looking forward to learn the meaning of the names.
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by gannet » Sun Jun 12, 2016 10:47 am

Thanks wanderw for the info, also barryels (and all involved) for what will be a much appreciated Leopard Index :thumbs_up:

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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by barryels » Tue Jun 14, 2016 2:35 pm

:hmz: I think it will be a good idea to also include an explanation of each leopard's name on the leopard's specific thread. :thumbs_up:


Another great idea wanderw :thumbs_up: .
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by wanderw » Wed Jun 15, 2016 1:43 pm

@kyknetta
Urinanib - a Nama word for white ridge or dune, this was chosen because there was one behind him when he was first seen.
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by WillieV » Sat Jul 09, 2016 5:31 pm

Masego just north of 14 th Boorgat on 14 May.
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by Koru » Sat Jul 09, 2016 8:28 pm

Breaking news from AstroMatt who is currently in the park -- he saw Barolong this morning at the Urikaruus Wilderness camp waterhole with two small cubs! He says they look to be a few months old. Keep your eyes open in the area! Photo to come ...


He also had a report of Itumeleng with a bbj kill about 1km north of Sitsas
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by Koru » Sat Jul 09, 2016 8:35 pm

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Barolong and cubs, from the back of AstroMatt's camera ... sent by WhatsApp from the park! Seen at Urikaruus Wilderness Camp, this morning 9 July 2016 at 7:30am
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