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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by AstroMatt » Thu Oct 10, 2013 10:13 am

Some updates on names.
The two leopards sighted by Wendzh at Polentswa have been named Lotlatlana for the mum and Pelo for the cub. These are Setswana names and mean Dusk and Heart.

Tswana's cub spotted by Jo earlier this year has been named Ontlametse, this is a Setswana name for Protector.

The new leopard posted above by Cruisa has been called Bontle, this means Beauty in Setswana.

The leopard posted by andrew.ashton on the 4th July has been called Neo, this means a gift in Setswana.

There is also one more recent leopard that isn't currently on the forum. This female was spotted at both Kwang on the 22/06/2013 and Nossob on the 02/07/2013. She has been called Haigamas, this is a Nama/Damara word for Blue lilly at a waterplace. I shall try and get some pictures of this very dotty leopard up soon.

I think that is all for now.
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by Luca » Sat Oct 12, 2013 10:27 am

If I'm not wrong, this beautiful leopard is Maja. I took this photo close to Houmed in october 2009.

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This should be Seleka. December 2012, close to Urikaruus.
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This was in Bataluma area, January 08th 2012. Unknow name.
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by Nyala » Sat Oct 12, 2013 10:54 am

I took this Photo of Khomani on 25 Feb 2011. We came across her and Miera. Miera was up in a tree watching her while she stalked and grabbed the Battie. She brought it (still alive) to Miera, who then killed it.

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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by wanderw » Sat Oct 12, 2013 12:40 pm

Wow! Lots been happening on this thread while I have been away!

@Nyala - Lovely sighting of Khomani! Thanks for posting. :thumbs_up:

@Luca - Your Ids are right - first Maja, then Seleka, and your last leopard at Batulama is Miera! Thanks for posting! :thumbs_up:
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by wanderw » Sat Oct 12, 2013 1:31 pm

Just to add - Super names for gorgeous leopards! Thanx for the update AstroMatt and thank you Cruisa for posting the pix of Bontle. :dance:
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by Luca » Sat Oct 12, 2013 3:22 pm

shane wrote:Thanks Guys.

Matthew I still need to get these images to you:

The images above were taken just before 6:00am.

The following sequence of images were taken 4.6km south of Urikaruus not far from the images above so I presume it's the cub again. This was on the 23 December just after 12:00.
The mother was no where to be seen so I am not sure whether the cub caught the Springbok itself. One thing I will say, is that the bokkie must have just been caught when we arrived on the scene:

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I took at couple of Images of her feeding, but she was mostly behind the street stump so we quickly went to drop off our ice at urikaruus and came back for more:

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The cub eventually came down from the tree, walked towards u, crossed the road and disappeared over the dunes.

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Shane many compliments for your pics.
I also was there the same day and spent about eight hours shooting Seleka.
Seleka killed a small springbook at about 07:15 and in the afternoon moved the kill on the tree. I came back next morning and she was on the hill not far from the springbook. And again I remained there again for about other eight hours.
This are two pics of that days: viewtopic.php?style=2&f=38&t=18567&start=1080
I took about 2000 photos,
These two days remained my most memorable days in the park; that's the reason I cannot wait for my next visit in Christmas time.
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by Luca » Sat Oct 12, 2013 7:18 pm

This young leopard was close to Samevloeing. October 2009. Unknown name.
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This is Thsidi, brother of Seleke. About 4 kms south of Urikaruus, 03th January 2013.
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by AstroMatt » Sun Oct 13, 2013 7:46 pm

Lovely sightings Luca...thanks for sharing them here as well as emailing them to me. :thumbs_up:
The sighting of the leopard at Samevloeiing. This is No12, one of Maja's cubs. However, he/she was only born (roughly) around November 2009. From the picture i have the feeling that this sighting was actually on the 5th October 2010? :hmz:

Seeing as you have so many sightings would you mind using the downloadable excel spreadsheet and filling in all the details for all of your sightings again for me. I just want to check i have all the details exactly right.

Thanks a lot for all these wonderful sightings.
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by Luca » Sun Oct 13, 2013 9:32 pm

AstroMatt wrote:Lovely sightings Luca...thanks for sharing them here as well as emailing them to me. :thumbs_up:
The sighting of the leopard at Samevloeiing. This is No12, one of Maja's cubs. However, he/she was only born (roughly) around November 2009. From the picture i have the feeling that this sighting was actually on the 5th October 2010? :hmz:

Seeing as you have so many sightings would you mind using the downloadable excel spreadsheet and filling in all the details for all of your sightings again for me. I just want to check i have all the details exactly right.

Thanks a lot for all these wonderful sightings.



Thanks AstroMatt.
You are right, It was October 2010, not 2009.
I would download and fill the Excel file, and send it to you.
Thanks again.
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by AstroMatt » Tue Oct 15, 2013 11:32 am

Thanks Luca...looking forward to seeing it.

So i have finally finished all the updates to both guides and they are now available to download from the website.
In total there are 11 (!!) new leopards that have been added. Here is a rough summary of the changes,

General: Updates to range maps and most recent sighting dates (both guides).

New Leopards: Neo, Haigamas, Ontlametse (Tswana's cub), Motsumi, Lotlatlana, Pelo (Lotlatlana's cub), Bontle, L-58 (Bots).

New pictures: Warona, Tshidi, Langklaas, Tebogo.

New Historical Leopards: L-57, L-59, L-62.

Leopards moved to historical: Khami, Kgosi.

Please download a copy, the KTP one is not small coming in at 87Mb, but with all the pictures it is just too hard to make any smaller. Please also pass the links to anyone you know who might, or who has visited the park in the past.
Cheers and enjoy the updates :thumbs_up:
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by Caracal » Wed Oct 23, 2013 6:59 pm

Warona - Gemsbokplein - 19 October 2013.

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The Mongoose survived to tell the tale..with it's tail intact. :) As you can imagine we were thrilled with this sighting and I was even more thrilled when I realsied that I had managed to capture it as well. :)

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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by gatita » Thu Oct 24, 2013 9:25 pm

We saw this leopard on 08.10.2013 just north of Geinab.

I am sorry about the poor quality of the pictures. The leopard was at least 200 metres into the riverbed and it was very hot.

AstroMatt thinks this could be a new leopard but he is not 100% sure. Any ideas?

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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by Lionspoon » Mon Oct 28, 2013 4:54 pm

gatida :yaya:

Asked Matthew what he thinks about the leopard being Rosa
as the whisker spots on the right hand side and the facial marks
underneath / next to the left eye seem to match.

He agreed with that ID. :thumbs_up:
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by wanderw » Mon Oct 28, 2013 5:25 pm

@Lionspoon - :clap: :clap: :clap:
I must say I thought this was a new leopard, but after discussing this with AstroMatt(and he told me about your e-mail), I can see the spots on the right hand side match with Rosa. Well done, this was not an easy ID! :thumbs_up:
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by kesheshe » Mon Oct 28, 2013 6:19 pm

hi

just got back today.

I think we saw Motsumi on the 14th October mating. Will post photos in a couple of days.

Warona I think it was still with mother and very, very active. Do not want to spoil the story in case someone else on the forum saw the going's on but hectic. if they do not post anything I will post here and on my trip report.

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