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Leopards of Djuma
« on: March 07, 2012, 10:21:06 PM »
This topic is for images and information related to the various leopards, who we have been privileged to see over the years. Our favourite female leopard is 'Karula' a.k.a. 'La Diva'.  She has given birth to three litters of 2 cubs each, since 2007.

Where possible we hope to include identifiers.  

This topic is set up for images and information of the Lion Prides and Coalitions we have seen in the Djuma area. Where possible we hope to include identifiers.  There aren't too many references which include specific identifying marks.

As we always do on this forum we ask that whenever possible you indicate where and when the images were taken.

We acknowledge and appreciate the work of many who have set up and made web sites, Facebook pages with game reserve information, and blogs etc. available to the public.  

All images posted in this topic are copyrighted and rights reserved to Djuma Private Game Reserve, Jurie and Pippa Moolman, WildEarth.tv.   Also to the many people associated with other game reserves such as Arathusa, Londolozi and others.

Note: April 14, 2012

As of late 2011 the animals now have a much larger conservation area. The reason is that the borders/boundaries have been dropped between the three countries of Botswana, South Africa and Zimbabwe.

A large group of individuals (including Pete Le Roux of Mashatu Game Reserve) all with a major concern for conservation and preservation of African wildlife have spent about 15 years working with the regional and national governments of the countries to bring this about.

The new area is called: The Greater Mapungubwe Transfrontier Conservation Area (South Africa, Zimbabwe, and  Botswana). Commonly referred to as the 'TCA' (Transfrontier Conservation Area).  This video explains more about what has occurred and the benefits of it.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N-GaAJLTzSg" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N-GaAJLTzSg</a>

With open borders the animals are free to roam where they wish. While we think of Karula (the female leopard) and her latest cubs, their father, brothers and other leopards as usually being seen a lot at Djuma, we know they roam to and from other reserves. Now they can do so with greater ease.   In fact in the past week Karula and Xivindzi and/or Xivambalana were seen in the area of Cheetah Plains (south of Djuma Game Reserve and the next area of Nkorho)

We have changed the subject of this topic to 'Leopards', which will embrace any leopards seen on any game reserve in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve (which is comprised of many reserves).  See map HERE

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References for leopards:

1. A few year ago WildEarth set up a social page called 'Ning'.   They have a data base for leopards, some with identifying marks. It is easier to identify leopards as many have distinct facial markings or other features (like a notch in one ear. Like the lions most of the leopards roam between the various game reserves in the Sabi Sands area.  Some males mate with more than one female.
WE Ning Leopard Database.
Example: Karula, Female Leopard.

2. WildEarth.tv has information about the major animals and specific leopards prides seen at Djuma.  There is a short bio, which for the leopards and lions includes a picture and for most a few words on to identify them (especially the leopards). Just click on the words 'Read More' in each photo at:
Cast of Animals.
Example:  Mixo - One of Karula's three sons.

Information about Karula's latest twins, (Xivindzi and Xivambalana) is located HERE.


3. Log onto Facebook and in the search bar type the name of the individual leopard you wish information for. Many have their own page.
Example: Saseka (Thandi).

Some are 'Group' pages and in order to post; you have to tick the 'Like' box just to the right of the title to enable you to post.


Note: Additional Links:
Two web sites providing information about other leopards are:
1. Arathusa Safari Lodge - Leopards of Arathusa.

2. Londolozi Private Game Reserve:


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Last updated April 29, 2012 / BBE
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Re: Leopards
« Reply #1 on: March 08, 2012, 10:14:30 AM »
'CJ' on  'African Wildlife' topic on the Hancock Wildlife Forum has kindly given us her permission to reproduce her text and photos from her posts ( copyrighted to CJ) related to 'The Leopards of Djuma'.

Djuma's resident leopards:
 
Karula ~ the dominant female of Djuma
 Karula's daughters (1st litter) ~ Saseka & Tingana
 . . . . Saseka ~ pictures of her own
 . . . . Tingana ~ pictures of her own
 Karula's sons (2nd litter) ~ Mixo & Induna (as cubs)
 . . . . Mixo ~ pictures of him growing up
 . . . . Induna ~ pictures of him growing up
 
NEW:
 Karula's new cub(s) (3rd litter) ~ first spotted on November 22, 2010, by Lex. He only saw one cub but still so young and in a den, there may be one or more others. The father is Yambilu-Jordaan (99.9% sure)..
No pictures yet, but as soon as we see them on drive, there will be. Update: Early Jan. 2011 It has now been confirmed that Karula has two cubs.  They were a male (Xivambalana) and a female (Xivindzi).
 
Safari ~ Karula's mother (we haven't seen Safari since she shifted her territory to make room for Saseka when she became independent). Deceased in late Nov. or early Dec. 2011.
Mafufanyane ~ the dominant male in most of Western Gowrie. Deceased in Jan. 2012  
Yambilu-Jordaan ~ the dominant male in the very northern part of Western Gowrie. Deceased in late 2011/ early 2012.


Safari Family

Other leopards that have been seen at Djuma:
 
White Cloth ~ dominant female to the east of Djuma (she has a male cub born in 2009) [b. 9/1993 - d. 7/4/10]
Jordaan Male ~ older male leopard from an area to the north of Djuma, deceased.
Young Beacon Male ~ he is from an area to the north of Djuma
Young Beacon Female ~ she is from an area to the north of Djuma
Matimba ~ Karula's younger brother
Mvula ~ a nomadic male that has stayed in the general area of Djuma
 Mystery Male aka 'The Poacher' ~ only seen once.

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Update March 9, 2012 by BBE:
On January 11, 2012 Chitwa Chitwa Private Game Lodge reported:
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Also it was decided that both Safari and Mafufunyane have in all likelihood passed on. A very sad day indeed and the end of a era!
'Safari' - in late Nov. /early Dec. 2011 Safari was seen and didn't look well. Later in Dec. 2011 there had been no further sightings of her and was assumed to have died. She was a grand lady, mother and grandmother.  

'Mafufunyane's health had been declining since Oct. 2011. He was 13 yrs. old and is widely accepted to ne Karula's father. Deceased in 2012.

This is the end of an era and the matriarch and patriarch of a dynasty. They will be remembered by many people.  


CJ, we are most grateful and thank you so much.  :ty  from your 'African Wildlife' pals 'emc' and 'BBE'.  
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Re: Leopards
« Reply #2 on: March 08, 2012, 10:21:17 AM »
KARULA
 
Karula is the resident female leopard on Djuma. She was born March 15, 2004. She had her first cubs in February, 2007. Her mother is Safari also know as the Safari female. Her father is thought to have been Mufufunyane; the father of her first litter.  
 
February 7, 2010

Karula 1  

This shows our 'WoW' girl ~ as she has that distinctive marking on her forehead.


Karula 2


Karula 3


Karula 4


Karula 5


Karula 6

Update Dec. 27, 2012 We were informed in Oct. or Nov. that Karula was most likely pregnant.  Today we learned that she has given birth to her fourth litter of two cubs. HERE.

Update April 24, 2013  Karula's latest cubs are both male and now approaching 5 months old. HERE.
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« Reply #3 on: March 09, 2012, 04:04:48 PM »
KARULA'S DAUGHTERS ~ SASEKA & TINGANA (sub-adult)
 
Saseka (aka 'Thandi') and Tingana (aka 'Shadow') are Karula's first cubs and were born probably in early to mid-February, 2007. Karula had them in a termite mound on Djuma and let the rangers see one of them on February 22nd.
 
The names of these cubs have also been confused but I think they are now positively identified by WildEarth.
 
The guides at Djuma go by the whisker pattern, but for viewers we don't usually get the right angle or picture quality to pick the spots out easily. Here are a few tips:
 
Saseka:(Thandi)
 1. Has a definite row of spots, that blend into a line on camera, over left eye.
 2. She has an overall darker spot pattern on her head than Tingana.
 3. Her dark 'necklace' on her front is pretty rounded, especially compared to Tingana.
 4. Note: As an adult she now has a notch in her left ear.
 
Tingana:(Shadow)
 1. She is very light over her eyes.
 2. She has a notch in her right ear.
 3. Her 'necklace' comes more to a 'V' in front.
 
Saseka is darker than Tingana but I don't notice that unless I see them together.
 

Saseka,Tingana-Front Comparison


Saseka,Tingana 2 -Left Comparison


Saseka,Tingana 3-Right Comparison


Saseka,Tingana 4 -Standing


Note: March 9, 2012 by BBE:  Just to keep us all confused there is now a male leopard on Sabi Sands who is also called Tingana.  :really
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« Reply #4 on: March 09, 2012, 04:14:14 PM »
SASEKA ~ all grown up and on her own.

Note: In some areas of Sabi Sands 'Saseka' is known as 'Thandi'. (added by BBE)

Saseka is now mainly seen in the very southern part of Djuma and across toward Little Gowrie. This is an area that Karula and Safari both used to be seen in but they have shifted (Karula to the north a little and Safari to the south and/or west) so that Saseka would have her own space.

Photos taken on July 13th and July 30th, 2009, WildEarth Game Drive
 

Saseka 1

This shows Saseka's notch in her left ear and the prominent line over her left eye ~

Saseka 2

Saseka has three spots above her whisker line on both sides.

Saseka 3


Saseka 4    

Close-up of Karula's beautiful daughter

Saseka 5

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« Reply #5 on: March 09, 2012, 04:24:17 PM »
TINGANA ~ She is also grown up and independent. She is seen mostly to the west of Djuma.
Karula and Safari adjusted their territories to make room for Tingana and her sister Saseka (to the south).

Notes:
1. In some areas of Sabi Sands 'Tingana' is known as 'Shadow'.
2. There is a male leopard in another area of Sabi Sands whose name is also 'Tingana'.
 
August 18, 2009 ~ WildEarth Game Drive:
Tingana still has her identifying features - notch in right ear, very light over left eye compared to Saseka, her 'V' necklace, and her whisker spots.
 
November 6, 2010: Tingana (aka 'Shadow') was seen crossing MMM road with two new cubs by one of the Djuma guides. Karula is now a grandmother and Safari a great-grandmother. There was one report on one of the drives that she had been seen mating with Mvula, as had Saseka.

Nov. 25 and 29th, 2010: Photos by Brendon Cremer, (Arathusa) who was at the same sighting and at that time a guide at Arathusa:
 
http://www.outdoorphoto.co.za/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=251101&amp%3bppuser=9493

http://www.outdoorphoto.co.za/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=250751&amp%3bppuser=9493

Dec. 6, 2010 - photo by 'Seym' of Elusive Leopard Photography. At Arathusa and mentioned the cub was 8 weeks old:
http://www.outdoorphoto.co.za/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=251777

Note by BBE Mar. 9, 2012: the above photo are all posted on Outdoor Photography (ODP), so the large photo to look at is under the row of thumbnail images 

Dec.13, 2010 - Brendon Cremer's photo of both cubs: 
http://www.outdoorphoto.co.za/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=252448&title=sibling-love&cat=517

Nov. 2010 video of Tingana's cubs taken by a guest at Arathusa:
http://blog.arathusa.co.za/2011/01/awesome-footage-from-a-recent-guest/

I took this photos of Tingana from the above video.


Tingana 1


Tingana 2


Tingana 3


Tingana 4

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Re: Leopards
« Reply #6 on: March 09, 2012, 05:12:13 PM »
MIXO and INDUNA

Their estimated birthdate is between November 14 and 22, 2008.
 
Jan. 27, 2009 Meet Karula's new cubs (2nd litter) who made their debut on WildEarth live, during the morning drive.  
First Sighting of Mixo and Induna.

Mar.22, 2009: Both cubs have been determined to be males.  
Rexon wants to call the cubs Induna and the other Mixo (pronounced mee-shu).

This is Mixo ~ which means dawn or early morning

2. Cub 1 ~ The Dark One - Mixo

This one is Induna ~ which means chief or head man

3. Cub 2 ~ The Light One - Induna

July 11, 2009:
 
Mixo:

4. Mixo-11 Jul 09 am

Induna:

5.  Induna -11 Jul 09

21 January 2010 ~ Karula with Mixo & Induna

6. Karula and her boys -  21/01/10

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« Reply #7 on: March 09, 2012, 05:13:28 PM »
MIXO ~ growing up

Mixo is on the right (Induna on the left)~

1. Mixo on Right - 17/10/09

Mixo's '\/ /\ \/' pattern ~

2. Mixo's V ^ V pattern - 2/25/10

And a 'Y' coming out of the corner of his left eye ~

3. Mixo - 'Y' from left corner of eye - 2/21/10
 
Mixo's Collar/Necklace -- This boy won't sit or stand still looking at a camera and this is the best I have at the moment. His collar is like two scallops with a definite /\ in the middle as compared with Induna's whose is more rounded around his front. That is Karula sitting behind him.

4. Mixo's s collar necklace - 1/21/10
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« Reply #8 on: March 09, 2012, 05:14:16 PM »
INDUNA ~ growing up.
 
Induna is on the left ~

1. Induna on the left - 17/10/2009
 
Induna has a very prominent arch on his forehead:

2. Forehead arch


3. Prominent forehead arch

He also has what I call a 'sloppy' whisker spots.

4. 'Sloppy' whisker spots- Nov. 13 ,2010

Induna's collar/necklace ~ completely different than Mixo's so here is another way to tell them apart. It is more rounded or straighter across his front.

5. Induna's collar necklace - Aug.1, 2010

Early in 2010, the very end of Induna's tail had been stripped down to the bone.
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« Reply #9 on: March 09, 2012, 05:15:20 PM »
SAFARI~ Approx. 1993 - Late Nov. / early Dec. 2011 ~ aka 'The Safari Female'
 
She is Karula's mother and also the mother of Matimba, a young male leopard that has been seen occasionally at Djuma.

For a leopard she is now in her golden years. She had one cub in 2009 which did not survive. Safari is usually seen in the area to the southern part of Djuma. When Saseka and Tingana left Karula to be on their own, Safari moved further south to give Saseka room for her own territory and Karula moved more to the north.
 
She is easily recognizable because she has lost the vision in her right eye. Her eye is opaque.
 

Safari Female


Safari Female


Note: March 9, 2012 / BBE.  As mentioned in the first post in this topic:
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in late Nov. / early Dec. 2011 Safari was seen and didn't look well. Later in Dec. 2011 there had been no further sightings of her and was assumed to have died.
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« Reply #10 on: March 09, 2012, 05:34:19 PM »
There is another leopard called Saseka in another area. That is the confusing part of this name.
This is a reference to the other Saseka who is mother to Salayexe, born in 2005. Before Karula's Saseka was born in 2007.

Quote from Arathusa ranger diary Feb

Scroll to Tuesday for mention of Salayexe
http://blog.arathusa.co.za/2012/03/

Salayexe (means the lonely one)
Territorial female of the west
Born 2005
Mother to Nsele and Rhulani, daughter of Saseka
Spot pattern is 4/3

This link has the leopards of Arathusa, which is also in Sabi Sand Private Reserve. Although they are talking about the same Karula and her family, they have given some of her offspring different names than the guides at Djuma/WildEarth. ( so it gets confusing at times) ie: Karula's cub named Saseka in Djuma is called 'Shadow' elsewhere.
And Shadow's litter mate called 'Thandi'.
http://blog.arathusa.co.za/leopards-of-arathusa/

Fortunately for us all, everyone around Djuma area is calling Karula's last two cubs by the same name.
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« Reply #11 on: March 09, 2012, 05:48:17 PM »
MAFUFANYANE ~ Approx. 1999 ~ Jan. 2012. Until his death he was the dominant male of Djuma. His name is sometimes spelled Mafufuyane, Mafufayane. Also referred to by some of us here as 'Muff-Daddy'.
 
Mafufanyane at one time was thought to be the father of Saseka and Tingana, Karula's cubs. The other possibility is the Jordaan Male. Other possibilities: Mafufanyane is the father of Karula, which I think is a good possibility. Bottom line, no one knows when it comes to male leopards which cubs are theirs.

Sometime in June, 2008, Mafufanyane was in a fight and as a result sported a long scar going down his nose. It starts on the bridge of his nose where his forehead markings end and goes diagonally to the left side of his nose.


1. Mafufanyane


2.  Mafufanyane


3. Mafufanyane


4. Mafufanyane


5. Mafufanyane

October 11, 2008: This shows Mafufanyane's new scar on his nose from the fight with Tyson. His scar appears to be fading with time.


6. Mafufanyane-11 Oct 2008

More recent pictures taken on 1/16/10

7. Mafufanyane Jan.16, 2010


8. Mafufanyane Jan.16, 2010

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My last photos of Mafufanyane were taken on Nov. 10, 2012.  Karula and her latest cubs Xivindzi (female) and Xivambalana (male) were at one of the dams.  Mafufanyane had been seen recently near one cub or the other - he was their father.  Xivambalana was near a tree, when across the dam from him a large gaunt looking leopard came for a drink. Tara and Graham Cooke thought it was, as they had heard he was not well.  Not, from another dircetion it was definitely Mafufanyane who came and chased now 'unknown' leopard from the scene.   'Unknown' turned out to be one of the remaining 'Marthly Males' who we've not seen at Djuma.

BBE's last photo of Mafufanyane

Big Daddy on Nov. 11, 2011

Videos of 'Unknown and Mafufanyane taken on Nov. 10, 2011:
http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=879.msg82819#msg82819

Updates:
 ~ December 2011 - Mafufunyane's health has been declining since Oct. 2011. He is 13 years old.for the past couple of months.  

~ Dec 20, 2011, MalaMala reported: " he is in very poor condition with severe mange and looks to be on his last legs. he can hardly walk but did just manage to eat a tortoise."

~ Jan. 2012 - Mafufunyane is presumed dead due to no sightings for the past few weeks and his condition when last seen.   If this is the case, Sabi Sand has lost another Legend.   RIP Muff Daddy....
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« Reply #12 on: March 09, 2012, 05:51:59 PM »
YAMBILU-JORDAAN - 2001 - March 2012 ~ was the dominant male to the north.
 
There was great confusion when this leopard was first seen on WildEarth. He was at one time thought to be the male leopard from the Arathusa area called 'Tyson' which was incorrect. He was also thought to be the Jordaan male, but Rexon said that leopard was older. The Djuma guides refer to him as 'Jordaan' but WE decided to call him Yambilu-Jordaan because of the heart shape on his forehead.

Note: March 10, 2012 by BBE.  Elsewhere in her document CJ indicated that Yambilu-Jordaan was also called the "Mystery 'Heart Male'".

It is believed that he is the father of Karula's boys, Mixo and Induna. Pieter and Lieschen saw the four of them together when the cubs were older and all was fine with them as a family. Unfortunately, this was not on a WE drive, so we didn't get to see it although Pieter has posted photos on his Facebook page.
 
October 26, 2008:  You can definitely see the 'heart' shape on his forehead

1. Yambilu-Jordaan - Oct 26, 2008

October 10, 2009:

2. Yambilu-Jordaan -10 Oct 2009

This picture shows the way he curls the end of his tail almost into an 'o' or 'Cheerio' is the term some viewers use.

3. Curly tail YJ -10 Oct 2009  


4. Yambilu-Jordaan - 10 Oct. 2009

Yambilu-Jordaan has made a kill, which appears to be an impala /BBE

NOTE: In early 2012 Yambilu-Jordaan was seen at Nkorho looking very thin and limping. He disappeared and on March 3, 2012 it was reported he had died.  R.I.P.
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« Reply #13 on: March 09, 2012, 05:53:00 PM »
WHITE CLOTH

White Cloth is a female leopard that is seen occasionally at Djuma. She is the dominant female to the east of Djuma toward Torchwood and Hoffman.
The following information is from WE's Ning Leopard Database.
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White Cloth, was named after an area in Mala Mala from which she held territory in. She has a quite relaxed disposition.
 
She is said to have been born in September 1993 along with her littermate, the Kapen Female, who remained mainly in the Mala Mala area but sadly was found dead on April 4, 2010. The Kapen Female was apparently killed by members of the Eyrefield pride. White Cloth and her sister were born to the Trollips Crossing female leopard in Mala Mala.
 
White Cloth is currently raising a male cub born around December 2008.

 

1. White Cloth - 12 May 2008


2. White Cloth - 12 May 2008


3. White Cloth - 12 May 2008

At the time these pictures were taken, she was described as being 'heavily' pregnant.
 
December 10, 2008:

4. White Cloth - 10 Dec 08

Rexon said that she appears to have cub(s) as she is lactating.

February 12, 2009:
Here is a link to a photograph of White Cloth and her new cub taken on 2/11/09 and boy is he cute  :eclove Be sure to scroll down to see the large version of the photo.
http://www.outdoorphoto.co.za/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=163282

August 13, 2009 ~

White Cloth's son who is very shy.

6. White Cloth's Son - Shy guy - 13 Aug. 2009 1

White Cloth

5. White Cloth - 13 Aug 09 

May 11, 2010
White Cloth's cub who Tara now says is a male

7. White Cloth's Son - 11 May 2010 by BBE2009, on Flickr

White Cloth

7. White Cloth's Son 11 May 2010

from May 11, 2010- the video clip of Safari.TV Diary of this sighting: at about the 2:11 mark of the 3 min. video
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Starting off with impalas in the golden morning sunshine, we headed off to the Treehouse Dam and observed some unusual behaviour by a grey heron, also finding a pair of pied kingfisher and a grey hornbill. Then, after Tara had a face off with an elephant that was quite agitated and nearly charged the jigga, she found White Cloth and her cub, whom we haven't seen in quite some time
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<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xazGRm9-R7Q" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xazGRm9-R7Q</a>


UPDATES:
1. July 2010:
Sad news, White Cloth was killed the night of July 4, 2010, on Chitwa property. It is believed that it was by the Emsagwen Male as she was protecting her cub, who was not seen after that (as of 7/5/10). Her son has been seen since her death.
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« Reply #14 on: March 09, 2012, 05:54:11 PM »
JORDAAN MALE
 

Jordaan Male--15 Apr 08 pm

This is the only picture of the Jordaan Male that has been identified. I really think it is the leopard that has finally been identified as Yambilu Jordaan.


Notes: March 10, 2012 by BBE:
1. Other game reserves guides / rangers tend to think likewise.

2. See here for the post about Yambilu-Jordaan: http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=1087.msg99601#msg99601
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Avatar is of Karula (female leopard). May 1, 2013