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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by Sharifa » Wed Dec 19, 2012 5:12 pm

Thank you All

We saw Tshidi and Seleka on the 24 November 2012 at 9.30am 3 km south of Urikaruus

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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by Evel » Mon Jan 07, 2013 8:05 pm

I saw this male leopard about 10km north of Urikaruus having a stand off with a cheetah mom of three cubs in December (Is this Lizette?). I will post more photos when I get a chance! Any idea of this leopards identification, he was big. They chased each other around for about 20 minutes, he looked very tired towards the end. The three cubs reunited with mom after she called for about 10 minutes.

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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by anne-marie » Mon Jan 07, 2013 8:14 pm

the Cheetah could be Gertie... and I'm happy to have good news of the 3 cubs :dance: thank you :gflower:

the male Leopard... interested by the females around Urikaruus :hmz:
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by Duke Ellieton » Mon Jan 07, 2013 8:29 pm

Hi Evel,

The cheetah will be Gertie and her 3 cubs and the leoprd looks like Dakotah

great sighting :thumbs_up:

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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by lion queen » Tue Jan 08, 2013 7:16 am

Hi Evel,

We heard about this during our December stay and wondered whether the story was true.........thank you for sharing!!!

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We saw Gertie the next day with the 3 cubs, all four of them well.... :dance: :dance: :dance:
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by wanderw » Tue Jan 08, 2013 12:15 pm

@Evel - a very interesting sighting of Dakotah! :thumbs_up: Can I ask when did you see him and at what time did the incident with the cheetahs occur?

If possible, could you also please fill out AstroMatt's spreadsheet with the sighting details - you will find the spreadsheet and AstroMatt's e-mail address in the following link:
http://www.ast.uct.ac.za/~schurch/leopards/

Many thanks for posting! :D

Also great to know that Gertie and her family are safe. :dance:
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by Evel » Tue Jan 08, 2013 12:44 pm

Ok here is the story with pictures as promised. We went on a afternoon game drive from Urikaruus on the 15th of December. We headed north and went passed 13th and 14th waterhole but things were rather quiet. As we came off the 13th loop on our way back to camp I spotted something running through the Auob riverbed towards the dunes. When I looked through my binoculars I saw it was a young cheetah cub. The sighting was brief and when I scanned the dunes I saw two more cubs running towards the first one and after 30 seconds they disappeared. After seeing this I was wondering where mom was so I scanned further down the riverbed. I picked up a large cheetah chasing something into the riverbed and presumed she was hunting. I drove forward and when I arrived at the the cheetah I saw what I though was another one but when I looked again it was a big male leopard standing his ground. It was the last thing I expected, a mother cheetah on the left and the leopard about 20m to the right staring at her.

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They stood staring at each other for a few minutes until the leopard started to stalk the cheetah.

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Gertie ran away as soon as he approached.

Then the male leopard seemed to loose interest and made his way toward the road.

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He then crossed the road keeping his eyes on us.

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As soon as he crossed the road you could see Gertie approaching him again and then he turned around and gave chase again.

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Gertie ran off again leaving the leopard frustrated.

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She lay down for awhile to rest.

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After a few minutes he turned around and crossed the road again.

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Once he crossed the road Gertie approached him for the third time and he swung around and gave a short chase but I think he realized he was wasting his time and stopped in the middle of the road.

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He then turned around and carried on walking in the direction he was heading giving us once last glance.

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By now I think he just wanted to walk away but Gertie just kept on coming after him, she walked behind him one more time but he moved up the ridge and lay down.

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Gertie then walked away from the resting leopard until she was far enough from him and started calling for the cubs.

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It was nearly an hour ago that we saw the cubs and we were worried for Gertie.

Then to our surprise the cubs appeared right next to the left side of our car :dance:

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They couldn't see mom because our car was in the way but they soon saw her as she came into view and the family was reunited :D

It was amazing to see how brave she was to defend her family and drive the leopard away!
Im not sure how or why the family came into contact with the leopard but it was a sighting of a lifetime!

By now we were under pressure to get back to camp before dark but I had to stop for the beauty of our surroundings.

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Its the above type of sightings and the beauty of the Kalagadi that draws me back every year! :thumbs_up:
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by Evel » Tue Jan 08, 2013 12:48 pm

wanderw wrote:@Evel - a very interesting sighting of Dakotah! :thumbs_up: Can I ask when did you see him and at what time did the incident with the cheetahs occur?

If possible, could you also please fill out AstroMatt's spreadsheet with the sighting details - you will find the spreadsheet and AstroMatt's e-mail address in the following link:
http://www.ast.uct.ac.za/~schurch/leopards/

Many thanks for posting! :D

Also great to know that Gertie and her family are safe. :dance:


Wanderw: We had the sighting to ourselves on the evening of the 15th December at 18:30 until 19:10.

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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by jacowolmarans » Tue Jan 08, 2013 2:26 pm

Seen just south of Grootkolk on 18 December, around 6am: the male, identified by Dr Matthew Schurch as N!xau, was strolling along next to the road close to the KAA turnoff into Botswana, and walked south to the Khannaghuas water hole, but I lost him in the bush next to the road. I went along to the water hole, and after a few minutes, the female, Saffran, walked out of the veld and drank. She then marked the area and disappeared. Minutes later, N!xau came walking out, drank, sniffed her scent and set off after her after marking over her scent. Apparently N!xau has not been seen for a few years.
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by Duke Ellieton » Tue Jan 08, 2013 3:27 pm

Welcome jacowolmarans

great sighting of Safran and N!xau :clap: :dance:

Yep, N!xau was last recorded on 19 Feb 2009. May have been seen by non forumites though. Seems like he is going to be kept busy be Safran and Rosa .

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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by Evel » Tue Jan 08, 2013 4:08 pm

lion queen wrote:Hi Evel,

We heard about this during our December stay and wondered whether the story was true.........thank you for sharing!!!

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

We saw Gertie the next day with the 3 cubs, all four of them well.... :dance: :dance: :dance:


We also saw them the following day at 13 waterhole on the move in the heat. Who did you hear the story from, we were the only vehicle at the sighting, we might have told you :D

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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by jacowolmarans » Wed Jan 09, 2013 12:58 pm

Thanks all for the kind words and welcome! As a leopard newbie, I must confess I had a serious bout of "bokkoors" when I spotted N!xau. Within seconds, my foot on the clutch pedal went into such an uncontrollable spastic twitch I had to take the car out of gear for fear of stalling.

I realised this was one of those once-in-a-lifetime shots, and had to force myself to breathe deeply, position my bean bag and be calm. Twitching foot or not, I managed to snap off a series that thankfully turned out sharp enough to use. As luck would have it, the light was just special, the sun squeezing through low clouds just above the horizon in that special yellow colour that lights up the cat's eyes. One of these shots is currently being enlarged for my foyer:
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by Sharifa » Wed Jan 09, 2013 1:53 pm

N!xau has made a comeback :dance: :dance: :dance:

We saw him 11km south of Kannagauss on 24 December at 6.15am and followed him for 3 km for 45 minutes before he diasappeared into the riverbed and over the dunes

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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by AstroMatt » Wed Jan 09, 2013 5:49 pm

Great pictures and welcome to the forum Jaco.

When I was in the park in Dec I kept hearing of rumours of a leopard with a cub on the Nossob side around the Lijersdraai waterhole. However, nobody I met had any photos that they could show me.
But I received an email from Mario Fazekas (kruger-to-kalahari website) that finally allowed the mystery of who it was to be put to bed.

Thanks to Mario :thumbs_up: we know that Safran is currently a proud mum or a leopard who is probably around 4-6 months old (age is very difficult so please take this with a pinch of salt :wink: )

Courtesy of Mario Fazekas
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Mario's sighting was at 18:00 on the 22 November 2012.
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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 wanderw » Thu Jan 10, 2013 7:59 am

@Evel - Many thanks for posting your very interesting series of pix of Dakotah and Gertie:mrgreen: , and for sending the details to AstroMatt. :gflower:

@jacowolmarans - Welcome and thank you for posting N!xau and Safran. :dance: :thumbs_up: Super sighting!

@Sharifa - Thanx for posting Leopard Magnet! :gflower:

Lovely to see N!xau after all this time! :dance:

@AstroMatt and Mario Fazekas - Thank you for the evidence! :wink: :thumbs_up:

@lion queen - thanx for the extra info on Safran! :thumbs_up:

As AstroMatt said, the 'rumour no more' of the leopard and cub at Ljiersdraai has been around KTP for some time. Mario saw Safran and the cub on the 22nd of November. If anybody else out there has pix of Safran and her cub, please post. :pray:
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