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Sri Lankan Leopard (Panthera pardus kotiya)

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A large male named Hamu, he is/was well known


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Stunning male




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( This post was last modified: 09-07-2019, 10:08 PM by chui_ )

Most of the photos being posted here are of females and sub adults. Mature male leopards in Yala have a distinctly imposing appearance.

A video of Ivan, watch till the end to see him get up.




Another video from the same person of another recent male known as Kankata.




Other recent resident males were similarly impressive (such as Dhunda, Chandare etc). The current top leopard appears to be Harak Hora, meaning cattle thief because he often hunts young buffalo. There are normally 3-5 resident males in block 1 (the area open for safari), others currently are Alexander, Brutus, and J who are also impressive leopards. 


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"The icing on the cake this evening was meeting the king himself – Harak Hora – as he lay on the Jamburagala road with his casual disregard for the jeeps. True to his warrior nature, he appeared to be nursing fresh wounds on his back legs – possibly the results of a territory battle with another large male, or a scrap with an angry boar." https://www.jetwinghotels.com/jetwingsafaricamp/sightings-log/20190328-sri-lankan-leopard-2/#gref
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@chui_ I've posted some impressive males (such as Hamu for example) and an impressive male here: https://wildfact.com/forum/topic-sri-lankan-leopard-panthera-pardus-kotiya?pid=88871#pid88871

According to the video, there are currently 44 leopards in block 1.

Make sure you also check out this amazing photo of a Sri Lankan male predating upon a mugger crocodile of similar size which I originally posted in the 'Felids Interactions - Interspecific Conflicts' thread (here). It belongs here too so here it is once again:


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Cause of Death -Leopard attack

Recorded date - 28/8/2019

Location - Madapara closer to Chaithya junction

We have first recorded YM17 (Lance) in 2017 June Talgasmankada along with his sibling YM 16 (Lucus) ( 2-3 months old when we first recorded). These Leopards were born to YF24 (Sage). Cubs got separated from their mother April /May 2019.

Thereafter we found YM17(Lance) couldn't established himself as prominent as his brother YM16 (Lucus). In June 2019 we have observed YM17 struggling with injury. Injury would have caused in the process of a hunt. Further he started loosing weight and became week.

On 27/8/2019 afternoon spotted YM17 (Lance) Madapara closer to Chaithya road junction along with deer kill. Same day on same location YF16 (Amber), YF40 (Shy) and YM41 (Brian) also recorded.

According to autopsy carried by DWC, it was revealed cause of death - another Leopard attack. We assume YM17 was killed in 27/8 night and his body was discovered on 28/8/2019.

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