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Re: Leopard

Unread postby Radman » Thu Mar 01, 2012 1:44 pm

Wow what a sighting surely its packed in the memory bank forever LOL

As for the mating yes it does occur sometimes and yes my guess is that it may have been one of her offspring otherwise you surely would have seen a more aggressive leopard
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Re: Leopard

Unread postby cptphotographer » Thu Mar 08, 2012 2:34 pm

Biyamithi.......

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Re: Leopard

Unread postby patries » Thu Mar 08, 2012 8:43 pm

Great Topic !!

They are special....

We saw this beauty on my birthday. Jan 28th this year in Kruger.
On the S1. We missed it for a couple of days... :wall:
And on the third day.... :big_eyes: :big_eyes:

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Re: Leopard

Unread postby onewithnature » Mon Mar 12, 2012 4:34 am

Fantastic birthday present, Patries! :dance: :dance:
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Re: Leopard

Unread postby big5spotter » Mon Mar 12, 2012 7:14 pm

We got back from Kruger on sunday. Saterday we havent see a leopard as yet,as we get back to camp at Lower Sabie after our afternoon drive a girl from next door said there is a Leopard in the river bed opposite the river. Got the awesome nice view in the open. Whole camp on the deck. Lady asks me what is at the waters edge is it a monkey? My 500mm doesnt help to much my dad with Binocs says yes it is a vervet monkey full of blood after about 5min a croc bursts out of the water all we see is a monkey and leopard running the croc runs after the monkey (monkeys gutz hanging out) monkey runs 5m then falls. Croc stops and leopard goes into the reeds thought he left next moment the leopard comes out of the reeds behind the monkey staulks the monkey sprints and grabbes it and into the bush she went. One of my best experiences ever and my second kill and that made my Big 5 from camp as well as I have seen all except the leopard and made our big 5 for the trip. Will post pics a bit later.
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Re: Leopard

Unread postby cath k » Mon Mar 12, 2012 10:34 pm

hi all, sorry only just worked out how to make pictures bigger so here they are at a more viewable size :D
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Re: Leopard

Unread postby lion queen » Wed Apr 04, 2012 10:29 pm

Flyingsailor wrote:Saw this baby by the Southern Baobab last year!

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Ps how do you make the image bigger!?


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The bigger version..........when you resize your photo choose either 600X800 or 640X480........... :thumbs_up:
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Rare Sightings

Unread postby Lesego » Wed Apr 18, 2012 10:51 am

Hi 'mites;

I came across this beautiful rare sighting of a strawberry-colour leopard that was spotted in a reserve and thought I should share the picture with you :gflower: .

Isn't this just a beauty? :D
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The president of the cat conservation group, Luke Hunter, told National Geographic that the leopard might have erythrism, a little-understood genetic condition that's thought to cause either an overproduction of red pigments or an underproduction of dark pigments.

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Re: Rare Sightings

Unread postby Bush Baptist » Wed Apr 18, 2012 2:05 pm

:thumbs_up: A beauty indeed!
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Re: Leopard

Unread postby Johann » Sat May 19, 2012 4:37 pm

A young male we found on the S56 Mphongolo loop between Babalala & Shingwedzi. He was quite relaxed and we spent about 30 minutes observing his antics.
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Re: Leopard

Unread postby lion queen » Mon May 21, 2012 12:10 pm

Young one seen on the S114

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Re: Leopard

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Re: Leopard

Unread postby lion queen » Mon May 21, 2012 2:53 pm

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

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My top 3 leopard sightings in Kruger

Unread postby James of the Jungle » Sun May 27, 2012 5:14 pm

We've had mixed fortunes over the years when it comes to leopard sightings in KNP. One year we hit the jackpot with 7 different sightings in 8 days where as other trips not so much as a brief glimpse. But that's how it goes with these elusive cats. With their nocturnal habits and exceptional camouflage, you do need a fair bit of luck on your side.

On the plus side they are incredibly adaptive and can be found right across KNP in almost any habitat. We've be fortunate enough to come across these remarkable creatures in most areas of the park, from Shingwetsi to Crocodile bridge. Most of our sightings have occurred in or around river beds, or alternatively by coming across an unfortunate impala (or other prey) dangling from the branch of a tree.

Coming across leopard cubs is one of the all time rare treats in the bush, considering that they are generally well hidden from predators. If you happen to locate the den then it’s always worth hanging around for mom to come home from her night time hunt. That's when the little ones really let loose and literally bounce off the walls (or trees in this case). It makes for some a very special sighting, one that you won’t forget in a hurry.

Anyway, here are my top 3 leopard sightings in KNP.

1. Biyamiti weir - We came across a male leopard on his evening patrol at the end of the Biyamiti road. He was on a serious mission, marking his territory, climbing rocks and logs searching for a good vantage point, constantly on the look out. He kept disappearing from sight but we kept locating him again and again because of the reactions alarm calls from the other animals and birds in the area. Scrub hares and other small game would explode out the bush and sure enough not far behind was this beautiful male going about his patrol. In the end we followed him for about 30 minutes until it was time to start heading back. As a parting gift to us he climbed up onto a big bolder right next to the car and looked down at us as if to say goodbye. Special!

2. Satara - H1-4. On a morning drive we came across a dead impala hanging from the branch of a tall tree. We decided to hang around for a bit to see what came along. After a while we detected some movement in a thicket and soon realised it was a pair of small leopard cubs. They were pretty tough to see but once mom returned some time later, they came out of their hiding places and started running amuck. All you saw were these two spotted terrors racing around and tackling one another and poor mom. They clearly had some energy to burn off. The highlight was when one of the cubs climbed up the tree and had a go at the kill. They were having a great time until some kudu crashed the party. The cubs quickly returned to their mother’s side and then back to their hiding spot. It was a thoroughly entertaining sighting and one we will never forget.

3. Skukuza H1-4 - one of the loops of the tar road. We came across several different species grouped together in a clearing. There were some kudu, impala and some giraffe all browsing and looking very relaxed. Little did they know all hell was about to break loose. Out of nowhere a leopard exploded out of the bush and went for one of the unsuspecting impala. It was over so quickly, all we saw was a brief flash of spots and a flickering tail. Unfortunately the leopard was unsuccessful this time but it is still the closest we have come to seeing a leopard kill in the wild. Huddled together now, the impala sounded their alarm calls and didn’t let the leopard out of their sight. We thought the danger was pretty much over once the impala and other game were alert to the leopard’s presence but surprisingly the leopard had other ideas. It backed off into the bush and then began to stalk the impala from a different angle all over again. However, nothing happened this time around and the leopard eventually made his way off in search of another opportunity. It was an incredible few minutes and it sure got our hearts racing.

These elusive cats are certainly something special and coming across one in the wild is an experience you won't forget in a hurry. What are some of your best leopard experiences in KNP? Where did you see it and what sought of behaviour did you witness? :think:
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Re: My top 3 leopard sightings in Kruger

Unread postby Roan » Sun May 27, 2012 10:41 pm

Hi JJ. We've been blessed with some spectacular leopard sightings in KNP in the past.
The highlight however was the following;
Skukuza Camp: We were walking along the fence on the river side, when I spotted a leopard on the other side of the river. There was a small herd of impala drinking at the river and the leopard started stalking them. We watched the whole scene unfold. The leopard was only a few meters from the impala when it exploded out of the reeds and caught an impala ewe. This happened so quickly that the impala was down before the rest of the herd scattered in all directions. The leopard then dragged its' kill +_ 50 meters along the river and then into a thick patch of reeds where it disappeared. A fabulous sighting from within the camp.
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