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Re: My top 3 leopard sightings in Kruger

Unread post by Meandering Mouse » Mon May 28, 2012 6:40 am

Lovely thread JJ :thumbs_up:

My best photo Leopard was this beauty taken on the Voortrekker road. We were alone. A car had alerted us to the sighting and then they drove off.

The Leopard lay a few metres away as cool as cucumber.

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This was a mom and 2 cubs on the way to Malelane from Croc Bridge. I managed to get mom and one cub.

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This is from my last trip. I saw 2 pairs of courting Leopards 20 minutes apart on the H4-1.

Unfortunately the photo opportunities were not wonderful as they had other things on their mind.

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Re: My top 3 leopard sightings in Kruger

Unread post by James of the Jungle » Mon May 28, 2012 11:39 am

Roan - Wow!!! That sounds like a once in a life time sighting. Agreed, its so quick - over in a flash.

You were so lucky to be on foot when it all went down. That's when you get to hear all the noises that go with the sighting. The piece and quiet is shattered by the alarm calls etc. One doesn't realize how much you miss when the car engines are running in the background :D

Fantastic! Thanks for sharing.

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Re: My top 3 leopard sightings in Kruger

Unread post by James of the Jungle » Mon May 28, 2012 12:02 pm

Shikaari wrote:For me very difficult to pick the best three,as last visit had about 6 leopard sightings,all excellent but 2011 truely was bumper year with about 16 leopard sighting in one trip.


That's amazing Shikaari. And I thought we had a crazy year with 7 sightings. Awesome :clap:

I read some where that there are more leopard per square kilometer in the Skukuza/Lower Sabie area than anywhere else in Africa :shock: . Don't quote me on that, but the point is there are plenty of these beautiful cats out there. With patience, a bit of research and some good old fashioned luck, you can come right in a big way.
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Re: Leopard

Unread post by Jan van Wyk » Mon May 28, 2012 7:50 pm

Wow Stunning images and sightings:clap: :clap:

We found this Leopard about 5km from Paul Kruger Gate in April

Do any one know why it have collar around his neck?

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This is the famous Lake Panic Leopard on the gravel road to LP.

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Re: My top 3 leopard sightings in Kruger

Unread post by James of the Jungle » Fri Jun 01, 2012 9:58 am

Meandering mouse, looking at those photos of the mating pair got me thinking about a similar sighting we had in 2010. It was also on the H 4-1, only a bit closer to Lower Sabie over looking the river bed.

We parked of at one of the view points that over look the river and the vast far bank. We could hear those deep calls of a leopard from the reeds below us. We couldn't see him but we know roughly where he was because of the his repetitive calls. Eventually some crowned plovers gave him position away, they weren't to happy about him being there.

He was walking up and down, in and out of sight through the reeds. He looked very restless and continued making those deep calls as he patrolled the river bed. Eventually it all made sense when a much smaller female leopard walked out of the reeds on the far bank.

Poor guy, its no wonder he was so restless and worked up. There was a small obstacle in the form of a strong flowing Sabie river between him and his lovely lady. :lol: Very funny

Great sighting! Loved every moment of it :D

I highly recommend that stretch of road along the Sabie river. Don't worry about all the cars passing behind you. Just find a good look out point, switch off and wait. Listen for birds (particularly intolerant birds like plovers) and keep watching the both sides of the river from your elevated view point. There is a good chance of seeing leopard if you are patient. If not leopard, you will be rewarded with plenty of other quality sightings.

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Leopard

Unread post by lisavanv » Sun Jun 03, 2012 11:25 am

Hey :)

I saw this leopard when visiting the Kgalagadi 2 years ago. I have been going there for years and seen many leopards, but this one looked so much smaller than usual. Is this a female or young leopard?

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Re: Leopard

Unread post by o-dog » Sun Jun 03, 2012 1:12 pm

Welcome to the forums Lisa :thumbs_up:

Great sighting...its looks like an old female to me. Females as you may know are generally much smaller than males so perhaps you have seen males mostly and thats why it appeared so much smaller!
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Re: Leopard

Unread post by wanderw » Sun Jun 03, 2012 6:07 pm

Hi lisavanv
A BIG welcome to the forum.
You have made my day! :gflower: The leopard you saw is/was? Marie. You saw her about a month after she was first seen at Marie's se Draai in KTP. From the first sighting we believed she was very sick as she was very thin, she also had an amber right eye. From your pic, she seems in slightly better condition a month later. :thumbs_up: For some pix of her first sighting you can go to

http://www.ast.uct.ac.za/~schurch/leopards/

or the KTP leopard ID thread

viewtopic.php?style=2&f=38&t=18567&start=480
(page 17 of this thread)

There is an ongoing KTP leopard ID project. If you look at the first address I gave you, you will find a leopard ID booklet you can download, as well as a spreadsheet. If possible, could you fill in the spreadsheet for the project, with details of your sighting and a pic or two. Also, You are welcome to include any details of previous KTP leopard sightings and pix. The more info we collect, the better it is for the project. You will also find AstroMatt's e-mail address included with the spreadsheet format(KTP leopard sightings).

In case you do not have time to fill in the spreadsheet, can I ask you where did you see her and what was she doing?
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Re: Leopard

Unread post by AstroMatt » Mon Jun 04, 2012 6:35 pm

Hi lisavanv,
Great sighting and you are right she is a small leopard and not doing very well :( . As Wanderw has pointed out you can find out more about the parks leopards looking in my guide and on the leopard ID thread....thanks Wanderw :thumbs_up:

You said you've seen many leos over the years. If you have other sightings of KTP leopards then i would really like to hear about them for my project. If you could fill in the spreadsheet with all your leo sightings in KTP and send it to me i would really appreciate it :pray: . If you would like to try and identify the leos first then it would save me a lot of work (just attach an example pic so i can confirm) otherwise you could send me the photos that you think i can use to id them ie side shots, or head shots. If there are a lot of pics then email me first and we can find an easier way of sending them other than email.

Thanks ...and to anyone else out there that has similar historical sightings please do send them in as they are as important if not more so that current new sightings as they could provide ages and or links between leopards. :pray: :pray:
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: Leopard

Unread post by lisavanv » Mon Jun 04, 2012 10:16 pm

I haven't been to KTP in 2 years, so my memory is a bit hazy.
Here's another pic of her.
I will try do the spreadsheet :) But as I said, I don't remember much.
I'm excited to dig up some pics and share them :)

I see in the Identification doc that it says Marie was deceased March 2010. My pics were taken in April 2010 :) Would have loved to have seen Marie up close because that amber eye is amazing!

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Re: Leopard

Unread post by lisavanv » Tue Jun 05, 2012 5:42 pm

If I remember correctly she was in between Marie se draai & Kaspersdraai - making her way towards Marie se draai.
She looked quite ill. She was panting quite a lot, I actually have a little 30sec clip of her walking, she looks as though she is very tired.
I'm assuming she is deceased? Or has she not been spotted since then?

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Re: Leopard

Unread post by sarafl » Sun Jun 10, 2012 12:34 am

Hi Everyone,

We just returned from our trip to Kruger and we were amazed to see 6 Leopards! I have not gotten through all of the photos yet but here are some images of the first two Leopards we saw.

Two images of the first leopard spotted near Berg En Dal midday. We had the Leopard to ourselves for a bit then 2 cars joined and it moved off into the bush.
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The second leopard we saw I believe on the s36 also midday. Great sighting all to ourselves for about 10 minutes!
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Re: Leopard

Unread post by Jan van Wyk » Sun Jun 10, 2012 4:41 pm

Stunning images and love the info :clap:

Few images of a young Leopard we spot on the S125. We were the only car and he pose for a few great shots.

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Re: Leopard

Unread post by cheetah2111 » Sun Jun 10, 2012 10:25 pm

Stunning leopard pics :clap:
That S125 leopard is a poser :cam:
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Re: Leopard

Unread post by Jan van Wyk » Mon Jun 11, 2012 8:49 pm

Lake Panic Leopard - taken on the gravel road to the hide

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