Can you know a Leopard by its spots?

I was having a look at some of our past cameratrap pictures and looking closer at the Leopard images in order to see if i could identify the individuals.  I reckoned at first that the first two cats were the same and the third was a second cat.  The size of the first two males looks about the same and i suppose that is why i assumed they were the same. The third looked more juvenile, not yet with all the fat around his upper body, neck and head.  Anyway, have a look at these three cats and tell me your opinion:

Here is the first one. notice the sort of spiral around one central rousette three quarters down his left back end.

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Now compare that same area to this cat caughtabout 2kms away. he is about the same size but that funny rousette does not appear on this animals rear end.

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Now, here is the third animals left rear.  he appeared significantly smaller than the previsous two cats in the other images we got of him.

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Leopard Photographed Looking For Easter Bunny

We got this big boy last night out on the road.  you can see the setting moonlight in the background. We think he is the same mail we got in our cameratrap at an Impala Kill earlier in the year.  Fortunately, he did not find the Easter Bunny who did visit us with chocholate this morning.

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Dead Baby Lion

Today Rangers Kichine and Kitilla found the below dead Lion cub stashed in a tree. Lion tracks were all over the base of the tree but it was obvious that no lion would have been able to stow the dead cub way up in the thin branches. The consensus on the ground is that a new Male Lion is in town who killed this young and that in the night a Leopard came to claim the cub and try to stow it for later. Even this seems like abnormal behavior on a Leopard’s part, also quite risky as the lions like this area and would love nothing more than killing a Leopard. Possibly in the middle of the night when the Leopard was feeling more brazen he was able to take the kill when the Lions were sleeping off a bit. Then in the morning when the lions realized what the Leopard intended they slept beneath the tree to prevent his return (there were no Leopard tracks to be seen as they were covered by Lion tracks that flushed just in front of our rangers). I have left the camera trap at the tree for the night to see who returns to the scene of the crime.

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More Lions with a Zebra Kill

Not long after our images of Lolmelil on the zebra killed by the snare it appears that his lionesses made a zebra kill of their own.  This was not far away and we were able to get the following images on the carcass.  You can see the young cubs in the initial images and an adult female with them, in the third.  The adult looked at the camera in this image and the next minute, like with Lolmelil, the camera was on its back taking images of whiskers, eyes and paws (like the last image here). In the morning the camera was found 30 meters away from the kill site, covered in dust and under a bush – These moultrie cameras are definitely tough.

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Lolmelil The Lion

Lolmelil, a large male lion who we have seen on a number of occasions but never photographed finally made an appearance at a dead common zebra we found a couple weeks back. The zebra had sadly died from a snare that had slowly strangled and cut it.  Parm put the camera out and got these great images of Lolmelil.  If you look very closely in the first image you can see that he has a radio collar.  The collar was put on by the good folks at the Laikipia Predator Project . Learn more about their work here:

http://www.lionconservation.org/

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He first arrived at 10:58 pm and we got this image and another.  He must have spooked from human scent because he did not return again for an hour and a half. The last image below is the last we got of lolmelil, he looked at the camera (which makes a slight red glow when using its infrared flash) and then a minute later the camera was on its back for the rest of the night – I suppose he wanted to eat in peace.

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Another Male Leopard on Tumaren

This  Beautiful Male Leopard was  photographed above our offices several weeks ago on a gerenuk kill.  Losorogol was patrolling when he found the stashed kill. Gabriel then went out to set the camera.  This male is larger than the one we photographed before and i think it is also one that i saw 1 year back near our dam.  the greatest thing about this camera is that it enables us to begin to identify the individual animals.  Good Job Losorogol and Gabriel.!

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Leopard Caught in Camera Trap

Yesterday while walking with some safari clients a Leopard was spotted bounding up a ridge opposite us. We descended into the ravine between to examine what his tracks might tell us. Between the tracks his feet left there was the distinct marks of something being dragged. The marks once they hit thick grass were difficult to follow and so it took some time before the carcass was found. It was hidden so well that you could only see it when nearly standing on it. The animal that he killed was a Steinbuck male. He had eaten half the animal and so we placed the camera for his return and we were rewarded with these images. He is an adolescent, not yet totally adult as you can determine by his narrow head and small jowls.

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