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Leopards of Wilpattu
Leopards of Wilpattu
Leopards of Wilpattu
Leopards of Wilpattu
Leopards of Wilpattu
Leopards of Wilpattu

Herathhamy Wala Male 1 - HHWM 1

Locations of sightings

Herathhamy Wala, Panikka Villu, Kanjuran Villu, Kattarambu Villu

First Sighting

20th August 2016

  • 11th November 2019 at 11.36am one Leopard between Herathhamy Wala and Kattarambu Villu. N 08.49915, E 079.99039

    We spotted a male Leopard seated on the road, ahead of us, and looking intently in to the forest. I stopped the vehicle about 50 meters from the animal to give it adequate space. Within a few minutes the Leopard started to walk in the direction of Kattarambu Villu.  Every now and then he would stop and look in to the forest as if to pounce inside but then would commence the walk again. Every 30 meters or so he would sniff and scent mart the trees and bushes along the road. Even though we followed the animal he did not even once turn back to look in our direction.  After walking for about 100 meters he entered the forest.  But just before moving in, much to my surprise, he turned back and started to walk in our direction to inspect something on the road permitting me to get a few images of the animal facing us. Later upon examining the spot pattern I was able to identify the leopard as Herathhamy Wala Male 1 (HHWM 1). (with Gihan Sampath Jayawardena)

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  • 19th October 2019 at 9.22am one Leopard close to Kattarambu Villu. N 08.50627, E079.99149

    Having visited Kattambu Villu I was driving back towards Mana Wila when I noticed a movement of an animal off the road ahead of the vehicle. As we advanced saw a male Leopard just by the side of the road. It was very close to the vehicle and continued to move in to the jungle. I only managed to get a few images of its flanks as he quickly disappeared in to the thicket. We drove up to Herathhamy Wala and drove back expecting the Leopard to have moved back on to the road but had no success. Thus we drove in to the Kattarambu Villu and waited for about 10 minutes before driving back again towards Mana Wila.

  • Herathhamy Wala Male 1 -HHWM 1 - 19th October 2019 at 9.22am
  • 9.35am I was thrilled when we spotted the Leopard on the road very close to Kattamabu Villu. He was walking in our direction and I was able to get a few images of the advancing animal before he moved back in to the forest. Upon examining the spot pattern I realized that this is the same Leopard that we observed earlier and it is Herathhamy Wala Male 1 (HHWMC 1) on my site. My last sighting of this male was in August 2016. (With guide Tissa Ratnayake)

  • Herathhamy Wala Male 1 -HHWM 1 - 19th October 2019 at 9.35am Herathhamy Wala Male 1 -HHWM 1 - 19th October 2019 at 9.35am Herathhamy Wala Male 1 -HHWM 1 - 19th October 2019 at 9.35am
  • 20TH August 2016 at 12.01pm one Leopard at Herathhamy Wala. N 08.49333, E 079.98961
    We spotted the leopard sleeping under the bushes at the edge of the water. During the three hours of observations the leopard moved its location on a few occasions but did not move out from under the bushes. It was a young male and I estimated the age to be around 1 year and 6 months.
    2.41pm the leopard stood up and walked to the edge of the water and had one sip of water before moving back in to the forest. I suspected that the mud at the edge of the water might have been too warm. This is my first sighting of this male and the 46th leopard I have photographed at the park so far. I named it Herathhamy Wala Male 1 (HHWM 1). (With guide Tissa Ratnayake)

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