After losing the collared leopard I spent the week moving cage traps to other areas in the hope of capturing two other leopards to collar for research. During that period I worked with some of the guys from Singita’s guiding department. This was a very good exercise as I could see how well those guys know their area; it was as if they knew each tree or grass at a personal level.
Two lions were speared to death in the Maasai Steppe Heartland, and two others escaped but were badly injured. Bernard Kissui, AWF's lion researcher in this part of northern Tanzania, reports:
Sunday January 11th – Tuesday January 13th: The last days
After Saturday the collared leopard moved 10 km south towards Satara and rested near a culvert, he probably used the road for protection from other carnivores as he was heavily compromised.
On the third of December 2008 at 12:30 p.m, we left the camp to go to the forest to look for bonobos as usual. We were four teams among which Papa Charment, Gladez and myself took the lead; while Papa Bosco, Isaac and Medos each made one team.
We arrived at Transect K 1250 meters at 4:30 p.m. We heard the cry of bonobos 200 meters to the north; some minutes later another group - not as loud as the first - cried to the West and at the same time a third group cried to the South-West.
The collared leopard is not healthy!
Three weeks ago when I went away on holiday I went out on a few occasions together with the tracking team to track the collared leopard. He seemed to be doing well, but sometimes he looked a bit hungry. At that point I thought he might have been struggling to catch food.