KTP Leopard: Urinanib

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KTP Leopard: Urinanib

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A Nama word for white ridge or dune, this was chosen because there was one behind him when he was first seen.

The only other leopard we saw in KTP was on October 30 just north of Kij Kij. We came across 8 or so stopped cars, and saw two lionesses under a tree. Then I noticed the big lenses all pointed up into a different tree, so we repositioned and saw:

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I believe this is a young male, but can't find him in the guide. The next day we spoke with a guy from a Mercedes van that was at the sighting, he hung out for 5 hours until the cat came down safely after the lionesses left.
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@wildcatzoo - Thank you for posting! :thumbs_up:

Your leopard at KijKij - :hmz: looks like a new leopard, BUT - we have another pic of a leopard reported at KijKij earlier in October - a pic of the leopard in a tree, and showing only the left hind leg and part of the body. So your leopard could possibly be this other leopard(L67). Did you perhaps get a shot of the leopard's left side(or part thereof)? Why do you think this leopard is male?

If possible, could you please fill in the Sightings Report in the link at the end of my post. Many thanks! :D
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I've just been going back through the posts that I missed whilst I was away and would like to thank everyone for submitting them directly to me as well. It really does make the record keeping easier.
@Wanderw thanks for keeping on top of all the identifications...as usual they are 100% correct. :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up:

wildcatzoo wrote:The only other leopard we saw in KTP was on October 30 just north of Kij Kij. We came across 8 or so stopped cars, and saw two lionesses under a tree. Then I noticed the big lenses all pointed up into a different tree, so we repositioned and saw:

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I believe this is a young male, but can't find him in the guide. The next day we spoke with a guy from a Mercedes van that was at the sighting, he hung out for 5 hours until the cat came down safely after the lionesses left.


This sighting was reported to me in person when I gave my talk at cape union mart in November. I can confirm that it is indeed a new leopard and has been named Urinanib after the white dune that was behind him. The photos that were given to me clearly show that he is male and the teeth suggest he is still quite young. There aren't many leopards that are regularly seen along the Kij KIj stretch so lets hope he sticks around and makes a few appearances.
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Thank you Dr.Matthew for helping identify the following seen on my recent trip to Kgalagadi.

Urinanib,seen at Gemsbokplein,15th April

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Great sightings kynetta :dance:

We just missed seeing Baralong after seeing you guys. Well we sort of saw her through a hole in a bush under a tree eating another wild cat, but way too far away for any pic
We did however see this guy also at Balulama on 21.05 at about 7.45am

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Please can I get ids on these leopards
thanks a lot
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Great sightings Gavin!
You saw Miera on the 10 th of May, then Urinanib on the 21st of May. What was Miera doing? How long did you stay with each leopard?
Thanks for posting! :gflower:
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Thanks Wanda

We saw Miera sitting under a tree just before the waterhole. There was a car parked about 50m ahead of us which we tried to let know about the leopard.
Eventually we drove up to them and told them about the leopard.
They were watching some white backed vultures on a half eaten Gemsbok, which was really strange as there were no other predators around. Could a leopard take down something as large as a gemsbok?
We went back to Miera, who after about 5 minutes, got up, walked up to the ridge and disappeared over the top.

We saw Urinanib busy hunting and marking his territory. He walked along the top of the ridge for about 2kms before going over the top. We were with him for about
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

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Thanks for all the info Gavin!
Gemsbok kill? I doubt that a female leopard could take down a full grown gemsbok, unless the gemsbok was very weak and sick, or the leopard was extremely lucky? :hmz: Perhaps the gemsbok died of natural/other causes? and Miera took advantage of the carcass? Leopards are opportunistic after all. A very interesting sighting! :thumbs_up:

Urinanib - seems to be seen quite a bit in the Auob recently. Hope he doesn't meet Dakotah any time soon. :wink:
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Third was the male Urinanib at Auchterlonie on 30 August at 09:00
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@gannet - Lovely sighting of Urinanib. You sure had a great KTP trip! Thanks for posting here. :thumbs_up:
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Urinanib at Monroe waterhole in the Auob river, November 19 2017

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We saw another Leopard close to Monro. A very handsome relaxed male walking down the Auob valley and crossing the road in front of our car.

We followed him for more than 20 minutes. This was on 15-November-2017 at 6:30 in the morning.


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@Grit1962 - Thanks for the info. The second leopard you saw was the big male Urinanib. Great sighting!!!
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