So after a long wait here is the next edition of the guide (available at http://www.ast.uct.ac.za/~schurch/leopards/
). It has gone through a lot of changes since the last version so i would suggest you download a new version.
Firstly, I've split the guide up into two sections, one for leopards sighted within the last 2 years and one for older historical leopards. This should help a little in narrowing down future identifications as you should first check the recent section and then go to the older leopards. The leopards in these sections will continually change as some get relegated and others promoted. I've also arranged it so that when you look at a double page all you will see is the information and pictures for one leopard.
There are a number of new leopards, in particular
Amur - Named in honour of the very rare Amur leopards found in Russia and Siberia.
Ingwe - Our first dune road leopard. Ingwe means leopard in Zulu or Xhosa.
N!xau - He/she was found in an old trip report. A really useful addition to the northern leopards. Named after the bushman actor from the film "The Gods must be Crazy"
L-2 and L-3 - These are two leopards found in historical records from quite a few years ago. We have decided not to name them as it doesn't really make a huge amount of sense as they haven't been seen in such a long time. However, if you do have any reports of them (or other leopards) over the years please do report them, these are really useful sightings as it can give us an idea how the population has/is changing. So any old sightings you have of any leopards do please send them in to me using the sighting sheet.
We've also have a few family link discoveries.
The Auchterlonie Male and Female are actually mother and son.
Barolong is actually a female and is Tsamma's mother.
There have been many updated pictures, but notable changes are, Dakotah, Rooibrak, Barolong, Tsamma, No.12 and Twin.
We have also recently had a sighting of our first dune leopard at Bitterpan. At the moment i don't have sufficient pics to make a page so this will be a future update in the next month or so.
As always do please send me any comments....and sightings
Finally, thanks to you all for sending in your pictures and sightings. This guide and work isn't possible without your help and reports.
Kgalagadi Leopard Identification Guidehttp://www.ast.uct.ac.za/~schurch/leopards/
Please use the report form or download the spreadsheet to report leopard sightings to me.