Over the years we have managed to photograph or collar many leopards in the Cederberg project area. Camera surveys are used to identify individual leopards. Each leopard is numbered in order of identification, and the number is preceded by the letter ‘F’ (female) or ‘M’ (male), e.g. F5 is the fifth female leopard to have been identified.
Some of these leopards have been given their own non-scientific names as well. As each leopard has a unique spot pattern, a left and right hand photograph are needed in order to establish an identikit.
GPS collars provide accurate data in terms of leopard activity and home ranges. The mean number of fixes from each collared animal in Quinton’s study was 1780, while the average length of time leopards have been collared is 12 months. A number of the resident leopards have been recaptured and collared with new collars after batteries expired. Although leopard numbers in the Cederberg are not very high, it is encouraging to see that there are still leopards roaming these mountains.
For a full list and pictures of the Cederberg leopards, [click here].