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Nottens 5:5 Female

Nottens 5:5 Female

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3:4 Female

3:4 Female

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Dudley Riverbank 3:3 Female

Dudley Riverbank 3:3 Female

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Mashaba 3:3 Female

Mashaba 3:3 Female

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Camp Pan 4:3 Male

Camp Pan 4:3 Male

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Tamboti 4:3 Female

Tamboti 4:3 Female

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Vomba 3:2 Female

Vomba 3:2 Female

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Tu-Tones 3:2 Male

Tu-Tones 3:2 Male

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Rudolf Kals
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Lovely Blog, Thank you!! 🙂

About your question.. I`ll try my luck.
Shorty (5:4) / Maxabeni 3:3 young male / Nyeleti 2:3 young male / Dudley Riverbank 3:3 Female

James Crookes
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Well done Rudolf, a 100% strike rate. I think we can safely say that you have passed leopard ID 101 with distinction!

Rudolf Kals
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Thank you very much, James!
Leopards are my life. I adore this animals…so I am always eager for learning something about them (since 8 years already..hehe) 🙂

Thank you again for this beautiful Blog and the photos!

Annemarie
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Just guessing.
1. Camp Pan Male 4:3
2. Dudley Riverbank Male 3:3
3. Nyeleti Male 2:3
4. Mbilo Female 2:3

James Crookes
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If you count carefully Annemarie, you will see that the first leopard is 5:4, therefore the Tugwaan male (aka Short tail male). Your spot pattern count for the second was correct (3:3), but it is actually the Maxabene young male. Look at the triangle spot pattern on his right cheek, I find this very distinctive. Nyeleti male was correct. The last was actually the Dudley riverbank female (3:3). Although Nottens is older, Dudley riverbank looks the oldest of our leopards and is very grey! Good try!

Annemarie
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Hi James, Thanks for answering and correcting. Now that I check again, I can see where I was wrong, but to recognize them is very difficult. As I said, I was just guessing and have never seen leopards in the wild, although I visited the Masai Mara in Kenya twice.

Alessio
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second pic is bicycle crossing/ short tale male?
the first dudley?

Alessio
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first 4:5
second 5:4

Anna
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Right James, my next drive is with you! Once again a fabulous read and incredible pictures.

Sandy Johnson
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I have no idea about the identities but I definitely chose to stay at Londolozi because of the leopards. Great article James.

James Crookes
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Thanks Sandy. Thats the same reason I chose to work here!

kiki
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Your favorite male is the 5:4 Short Tail male.
Young male is the 5:5 Dudley Riverband male.
I think blue eyes is the 2:3 Nyeleti Male.
Last is the Dudley River 3:3 female.

but I’m new to this……

James Crookes
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Kiki, you got them all right except for the second one. He is the Maxabeni 3:3 young male. Look at the distinctive triangle spot pattern.

Mary Beth Wheeler
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Ok, I’ll try!

Short Tail 5:4 male
Maxabeni 3:2 male
Nyeleti 2:3 male
Nottens female

James Crookes
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Good effort Mary Beth! You just got the wrong Maxabeni young male, it is his twin brother, the 3:3 young male. Note the brown nose as well as the triangle spot pattern. The 3:2 young male has more of a pink nose. The last one is the Dudley riverbank female (3:3) as opposed to the 5:5 Nottens female. Both are very old leopards, so that was a good guess.

Andrew Smith
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I think Rudolf has all the right answers.

Alessio
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The first is Short tale 5:4 i strong belive.
The rest i don’t know :/ but dudley isn’t in the pics

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