Update on Leopard Research in NNP


Yesterday Yumi the leopard researcher came to look at leopard pugs behind Silole Cottage & gave me an update on the research she is doing on NNP leopards. She collared 2 leopards in order to monitor their movements.One is ‘ours’: she lives in the park & in the Silole Sanctuary abutting the park, whilst the other animal is resident in the Langata Forest in the west of the park.

Yumi was telling me about analysis of the scat (droppings) in these 2 areas of the park & the results are interesting: these leopards really are suburban, making use of the food resources inside & outside of the park. The first (Silole) leopard, which inhabits the area around the river-gorges of the Kiserian & Empakasi rivers had baboon & hyrax remains in it’s scat, along with the hairs of sheep & goats presumably stolen from Masai homesteads outside the park, whilst the second leopard, whose movements show it crosses the Magadi road into the neighbouring Mukoma Estate had bushbuck remains & domestic dog hairs in it’s scat. So now you know where your missing pet went to…….


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  1. Pirjo
    Posted September 10, 2010 at 3:06 am | Permalink

    Will, could one of these leopards have been the one jumping on your roof? I remember you telling last year of a leopard moving around the yard of your home.

  2. nairobinationalpark
    Posted September 10, 2010 at 6:27 am | Permalink

    That’s the one Pirjo and it ate our little dachshund too! However, in the end I much prefer wild leopards to domestic dogs……

  3. sauwah
    Posted September 17, 2010 at 3:39 pm | Permalink

    this leopard better be careful when it comes to domestic pet consumption. not many pet owners are as forgiving nor kind as you. and besides, i am sure not all domestic or stray dogs are vaccinated. therefore, she can get canine distempter and rabies as such sad incidence occurred on lions both in the masa mara as well as in serengeti.

  4. Michal
    Posted October 20, 2012 at 10:07 am | Permalink

    leopards are beautiful I would like to study is one and thus penetrate into the secret life

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