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First Leopard Captured!

  • 11/18/08
  • Nakedi

Sunday November 9th marked the day of capturing the first leopard in my career. The event was too beautiful to mar with heavy words. Here is a full account of what happened that day in pictures.

Removing the leopard from the trap requires a lot of strength (70 kg cat_ an X-cat).
Removing the leopard from the trap requires a lot of strength (70 kg cat = an X-cat)

...and team work.
...and team work

...and an open area
...and an open area.

The leopard has a broken tooth.
Paddy has a broken tooth.

Examining Paddy.
Examining the leopard.

Preparing the collar.
Preparing the collar.

Collar fitted and ready to go.
Collar fitted and ready to go.

Two days later, Paddy is looking good!
Two days later, Paddy is looking good!


Nakedi
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Joining AWF in 2007, Nakedi is the latest addition to AWF's team of species researchers in Africa. Working in the Limpopo region, where he's from, Nakedi's studying the great cats to shape conservation strategies that will benefit communities he's known all his life. Looking at Nakedi's focus areas as a zoologist – Cytogenetics, Molecular Biology, and Geometric Morphometrics – it's easy to see he is serious about conservation. Leopards as a species especially interested him because they are both powerful and elusive – making it a challenge to study and protect them.

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