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Leopard

Panthera Pardus

Description:

Slender, well built cat with round ears and rosette spots for camoflage. Extremly reclusive and favours trees to sleep in and store food from scavangers and other predators. Common enemy of babbons and the two species have wins and losses in the same way lions and hyenas do.

Habitat:

Wide spread throughout Southern Africa except for central South Africa and true deserts.

Notes:

This large young male has a few scrapes and scratches from a warthog which it caught a day ago. Here also pictured in rare siting with female as the pair prepare for mating.

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7 Comments

Michael Strydom
Michael Strydom a year ago

Hi AshleyT, a big thank you for the nomination form the Noah community.

AshleyT
AshleyT a year ago

Your spotting has been nominated for the Spotting of the Week. The winner will be chosen by the Project Noah Rangers based on a combination of factors including: uniqueness of the shot, status of the organism (for example, rare or endangered), quality of the information provided in the habitat and description sections. There is a subjective element, of course; the spotting with the highest number of Ranger votes is chosen. Congratulations on being nominated!

Michael Strydom
Michael Strydom a year ago

Thanks Mark :)

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway a year ago

Magnificent.

Michael Strydom
Michael Strydom a year ago

I updated the photos with one i found in my camera memory of the great Ranger and Tracker team we had on this shoot at 6:30 am on a very cold morning in the Kruger. The huge cold front that brought saving rain to Cape Town also brought cold overcast conditions all the way up north. Maybe the weather got these cats in the open... helped our luck.

Michael Strydom
Michael Strydom a year ago

Hi SukanyaDatta. Thank you for your comment. it shows how reclusive these big cats are. Our ranger and guide told us he has worked there for almost two years and never got a shot of male and female in the open like this. Very Very lucky and happy to share. Glad you like it!!

SukanyaDatta
SukanyaDatta a year ago

How lucky you were....in Sri Lanka all I got to see was the tail of a leopard in a tree...and I was over the moon. Thanks for sharing.

Michael Strydom
Spotted by
Michael Strydom

Kgetleng River Local Municipality, North West, South Africa

Lat: -25.96, Long: 27.07

Spotted on Jul 18, 2018
Submitted on Jul 18, 2018

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