It has only been a few weeks since the leopard monitoring project’s trail cameras have been installed and here is the first night footage of a leopard. We reported about this project in a previous blog post (https://www.mountainlands.co.za/leopard-monitoring-project/) and are already getting good data of the predators and other animals species on the section of the reserve that is being surveyed.
This leopard is most likely a young male and was captured by 4 trail cameras placed in different areas. He was named Kolby by Garry and Shirley Boyd who sponsored the equipment for the project. Leopards (Panthera pardus) are classified as Vulnerable by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red list of Threatened Species. Mountainlands is a protected area with sufficient suitable prey for him and hopefully more leopards will be photographed over time.