Posts Tagged ‘Leopards’

Video: Lion Kills a Young Leopard

May 28, 2015 | Categories: Lions, Westgate Conservancy | Leave A Comment »


Warning: This video contains images that may be considered graphic to some people. We are sharing this because it depicts an uncommon behavior; a natural event that is interesting from an ecological and scientific perspective.

Jeneria was in the Westgate Conservancy's Conservation Area and recorded this incredible scene. A small leopard was killed by lions in the early morning. The lions chased the leopard up a tree. When the leopard came down, a lion swiped it. With one cuff, it was dead.

The lions played with the body before moving on. Lions are known to kill other carnivores, since they are competing for the same resources, like prey. We estimate the leopard to be about less than one year old.

Its mother had two cubs – an...

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Carnivores Thriving in Dry Season

Jul 16, 2014 | Categories: Lions, Reserves, Westgate Conservancy | 2 Comments

Carnivores like this leopard are doing well in the dry season. This young female has left her mother and is on her own in Samburu.

We are deep in the dry season in northern Kenya. The grass is gone, the Ewaso Nyiro River is low, people are struggling to graze their livestock and many have migrated north in search of pasture.

But the region’s large carnivores – lions, leopards, wild dogs, and others – are coping very well. Prey is easier for carnivores to find because they spend more time concentrated along water holes or the Ewaso Nyiro River, and are also more lethargic, making it easier for carnivores to ambush them.

The lions have been spending most of their time within the national reserves, hunting everything from warthog, to zebra to aardvark.

The Core Area in Westgate Conservancy, which is the region the community have set aside specifically as a ...

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Leopard Captured on Camera Trap

Dec 17, 2010 | Categories: Research | 2 Comments

A leopard cub photo taken by a camera trap placed in a tree.

Conflict has recently escalated over the past few weeks due to failure of rains and more movement of livestock in search of pasture.  Two stray donkeys were recently killed by hyena in the lugga (sand river) near the Ewaso Lions camp.  We went to visit the scene and as we approached the area, we noticed that part of the donkey was missing.  We walked closer only to find a leopard jump off a tree right in front of us with part of the dead donkey draped over a branch.

Leopard sightings have been superb in Westgate over the past few weeks and I was very curious to see who this leopard was.  Philip and Jeneria climbed the tree and tied the camera trap at an angle facing the remains of the donkey.  We left the area knowing the leopard wo...

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A Week of Leopards in Westgate Conservancy

Nov 8, 2010 | Categories: Westgate Conservancy | 4 Comments

We have had the most amazing leopard sightings in the Conservation Area of Westgate Community Conservancy, Samburu, over the past 7 days. I've never seen anything like this in such a short period of time.    We've been fortunate to see them on every drive we have been on.  Fantastic sightings of 3 leopards together walking confidently through the bush,  2 leopards lazing in a tree, and our last sighting yesterday was of 2 leopards mating in the bushes nearby!  In total, we've had 11 sightings of these 7 leopards - which is amazing for such a small area of only 9 km2.  Here are some of the photos!

On top of these fantastic leopard sightings - 21 wilddogs, 2 lion sightings and a bunch of hyena as well!  The rains are beginni...

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Research on Leopard Cannibalism

Jan 12, 2009 | Categories: Other news | 4 Comments

Dear readers,

I found the following 2 papers on leopard feeding habits which talk about leopard cannibalism:

This paper describes leopard food habits in a National Park in Gabon, where leopard remains were found in a leopard scat analysis study.

This second paper also describes prey selection of leopards in the Ituri Forest in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Thanks to everyone for your comments on my last blog on leopard cannibalism!


Remains of the leopard killed and eaten by another male leopard in Samburu, N. Kenya ...

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