First Boland leopards photographed!

Published: 07 May 2010

We’re thrilled to share the first couple of leopard pictures from the CLT Boland Project’s Limietberg pilot survey! Even though the first camera we checked presented us with only images of hikers walking by, it was with lots of anticipation that we downloaded the next batch of cards we collected.

We could barely contain our excitement at the sight of the two pictures below. These were taken in the Wemmershoek dam area. Look closely at the second photo, of the one sniffing at the camera, and you’ll just see the end of another tail in the background – we can’t be 100% certain yet, but we suspect it might be a mother with her cub… (What magnificent eyes it has!!)

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We were even more ecstatic when we saw the picture below. It looks like a big, healthy male, photographed on a trail near Eerste Tol. With such a clear shot of the flank at a right angle, it makes for an ideal identikit photo.

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It is really rewarding (and entertaining!) to see the results of the cameras we’ve deployed thus far. We gladly share some of the other mammal photos with you as well – these should by no means be regarded as less important or useless data. These pictures give us valuable information about prey availability, and will also form part of another exciting project we’re developing in conjunction with the Animal Demography Unit of the University of Cape Town – a Virtual Mammal Museum (very similar to the reptile and butterfly atlassing projects, SARCA and SABCA). Members of the public will be able to upload mammal photographs directly onto the web, creating a huge database with loads of distribution records (watch this space for an update in the coming months).

 

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Thanks for everyone’s interest and support thus far!
Anita & Jeannie

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