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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by wanderw » Wed Jul 13, 2016 9:26 pm

@WillieV - super sighting and pix of Masego. Thank you for posting! :thumbs_up:

@Koru - Many thanks for the news. I was in a very green country when I first saw this post, but this post made me totally green! :wink:
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by Sigmund » Wed Jul 13, 2016 10:56 pm

@wanderw - Yes wow again...we were extremely fortunate during this trip :D

I cannot take credit for the ID of the Auchterlonie female or Safran.

The Auchterlonie female was ID'd by Peter Hall on a Facebook posting that I made. The ID was confirmed when he asked me if I did not have a pic of her with her mouth open as she was missing a lower left fang.

By change I just so happened to have a pic of her with mouth wide open where the missing tooth (or the gap where the tooth should've been) could be clearly observed. :lol:

Safran was suggested to be the Lijersdraai leopard by Susan Cunningham (also a FB posting that I have made) and was this afternoon confirmed by Matthew Schurch.

The Auchterlonie female was first spotted by approximately 13h25 (It was on the 25th of June and not the 24th) and our last picture was snapped at around 13h50.

Safraan was spotted on the 29th.
First by Casper at approximately 8h30. The last picture he took was at 9h10.
So he spent around 40 minutes with here while she was stalking :)

I encountered her later during the same day at 11h50 approximately 1,4 km from where she was first observed by Casper.

I am pretty sure that it was the same cat.
I am attaching one of my cropped profiles of the right side of the head as well as one of Casper's.
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Safran by Sigmund
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Safran by Casper
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13th BH c
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by wanderw » Thu Jul 14, 2016 12:14 am

Casper definitely saw Safran and your 13th Bh leopard is... Barolong. Fantastic sightings. Thanks for posting! :thumbs_up:
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by lion queen » Thu Jul 14, 2016 8:10 am

:clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:

Thanks wanderw!! :gflower: :gflower:
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by AstroMatt » Thu Jul 14, 2016 1:06 pm

Well I'm back from a great trip to the Kgalagadi. We heard about lots of sightings and narrowly missed a few but the icing on the cake for us was the sighting of Barolong and her cubs at the Urikaruus camp waterhole.

2016-07-09 at 07:20 - Barolong and Two Young Cubs
We missed the cubs drinking but had a great view of Barolong taking a cold winters drink.
She then walked to the tree directly behind the waterhole and called her two small cubs out from the grass.
They then bounded away up the river bank and out of sight. This happened at 7:30am right whilst we were preparing to leave camp.

We would estimate that the cubs are somewhere between 2-3 months old. One looks like a female but we didn't get a conclusive shot of the other.
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I think the cub on the right is female from this photo.
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@WillieV - Thanks for posting your sighting of Masego :thumbs_up:
@Sigmund - Thanks for these lovely pictures....i only wish i had 7 sightings to report! :big_eyes:
@Wandrew, Lion Queen, thanks for providing the ID's all correct as usual :thumbs_up:
@Koru - Thanks for posting the sighting for me :gflower:
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 lion queen » Thu Jul 14, 2016 2:02 pm

Well all I can say is again WOW WOW WOW and now I'm even a darker shade of green!!!!

What an amazing sighting!!!! Your photos are stunning!!!!

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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by hilda » Thu Jul 14, 2016 4:13 pm

So glad you saw Barolong and her cubs first hand at the Urikaruus waterhole AstroMatt! What a wonderful sighting! Your pictures are great! :clap: :clap:

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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by Sigmund » Thu Jul 14, 2016 5:15 pm

AstroMatt wrote:@Sigmund - Thanks for these lovely pictures....i only wish i had 7 sightings to report! :big_eyes:


Well...7 sightings is probably a once in a lifetime experience for KTP but on the other hand.....I've never ever seen a leopard cub in the wild.

I'd happily exchange 2 of my sightings for one of yours 8)
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by Sigmund » Thu Jul 14, 2016 6:52 pm

@AstroMatt - a video clip of our third leopard sighting.
I've posted on Facebook but place it here as well for those without FB accounts.

Unfortunately a bad quality, zoomed to the max video so I doubt if an ID will be possible.

Spotted on 29 July just south of Kannaguass at 11h18.
Approximately 30 minutes before our sighting of Safran to the south.

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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by wanderw » Thu Jul 14, 2016 7:54 pm

@AstroMatt - awesome sighting and pix! You know how green I am! :wink:

@Sigmund - thanks for posting the video. Think it was just too far for positive Id, but i do think you saw a female leopard, possibly Rosa. I am sure AstroMatt will reply soon. :thumbs_up:
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by Sigmund » Thu Jul 14, 2016 8:53 pm

wanderw wrote:@Sigmund - thanks for posting the video.


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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by AstroMatt » Thu Jul 14, 2016 9:21 pm

Thanks for putting the video up. Sadly a positive ID is impossible, but I would say that it certainly isn't N!xau due to the tail shape. The leopard does look like it has had a good meal too.

Size is a tough to judge but the neck doesn't look quite right for the other males in the area.
So if I was pushed I would probably say it is Rosa as she is the next most likely candidate.

Thanks for all the comments on the sighting. It really was a lucky one!
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by Sigmund » Thu Jul 14, 2016 10:28 pm

Please don't hesitate to tell me if I'm overdoing it :redface:

The Auchterlonie Female at Leeuwdril - 25 June 2016


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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by AstroMatt » Thu Jul 14, 2016 10:34 pm

I dare say that is impossible on this thread :thumbs_up:
Lovely video.
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by lion queen » Thu Jul 14, 2016 10:45 pm

I agree, never ever will we feel its over doing it!!!

Lovely video and thank you for sharing!!! :clap: :clap: :clap:
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