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Manikrala Uraniya Female 1 - MRUF 1

Locations of sightings

Manikrala Uraniya, Kuruttupandi Villu, Manikkapolauttu, Kudapatessa, Eriyakkulampooval, Kokkare Villu

First Sighting

25th March 2018 at 3.50pm

  • 2nd February 2020 at 7.35am a male and a female leopard at Kudapatessa. N 08.43129, E 079.99345
    I was informed of a mating pair of Leopards seen the previous day evening at Kuruttupandi Villu. Thus I arrived at the park entrance at 2.30am to ensure that I will be the first vehicle to enter the park. We drove down to Kuruttupandi Villu and had no luck but arrived at Kudapataess to spot the two leopards in the nick of time before they moved in to the forest. The male and the female exhibited typical leopard mating behavior but did not mate. They walked together in the direction of the sand dune across the villu but thankfully the female stopped and laid down resulting in the male to stop as well. After a few minutes the male resumed the walk followed by the female. Both the leopards walked over the sand dune in to the forest. The male was the Nelum Wila Mlae 5 (NWMC 5) and the female was Manikrala Uraniya Female 1 (MRUF 1). I received images of these two leopards mating on the 14th of February in 2019 and thereafter again on the 12th of June the same year. However this female is yet to conceive. (with guide Hashan Madushanka)

  • Manikrala Uraniya Female 1-MRUF 1 - 2nd February 2020 at 7.35am Manikrala Uraniya Female 1-MRUF 1 - 2nd February 2020 at 7.35am Manikrala Uraniya Female 1-MRUF 1 - 2nd February 2020 at 7.35am Manikrala Uraniya Female 1-MRUF 1 - 2nd February 2020 at 7.35am Manikrala Uraniya Female 1-MRUF 1 - 2nd February 2020 at 7.35am
  • 7th June 2019 at 7.01am a female Leopard between Kokkare Villu and Kuruttupandi Villu. N 08.43176, E 079.98277

    It was a female Leopard and she was walking in the direction of Kuruttupandi villu. Unfortunately for me she did not turn back to look in our direction but continued to walk with me following from a distance of about 25 meters. Having walked close to the Kudapatessa junction she stopped and moved in to the forest upon detecting the presence of a troop of Grey Langur. I was able to identify the Leopard as the Manikrala Uraniya Female 1 (MRUF 1) with the spot pattern on her tail. (with guide Tissa Ratnayake)

  • Manikrala Uraniya Female 1-MRUF 1 - 7th June 2019 at 7.01am
  • 29th July 2018 at 3.50pm one Leopard at Kudapatessa.  N 08.43123, E 079.99348

     We drove from Kokkare Villu sand dune towards Kudapatessa and spotted the leopard about 50 meters before Kudapatessa turn off. It was a female leopard and marked the bushes as she walked towards Kudapatessa. We followed her while maintaining a safe distance of about 50 meters. Mush to my joy she walked down to Kudapatessa and started to drink. She drank for almost 6 minutes. A flock of Peafowl took particular interest in her and walked in her direction but maintained a fair distance. Having finished her drink the leopard held her tail up and walked passed the inquisitive flock of peafowl that started to follow her until she disappeared in to the forest in the direction of Mahapatessa. Examination of the spot pattern revealed that this is Manikrala Uraniya Female 1 (MRUF 1) (with guide Tissa Ratnayake)

  • Manikrala Uraniya Female 1-MRUF 1 - 29th July 2018 at 3.50pm Manikrala Uraniya Female 1-MRUF 1 - 29th July 2018 at 3.50pm Manikrala Uraniya Female 1-MRUF 1 - 29th July 2018 at 3.50pm Manikrala Uraniya Female 1-MRUF 1 - 29th July 2018 at 3.50pm Manikrala Uraniya Female 1-MRUF 1 - 29th July 2018 at 3.50pm Manikrala Uraniya Female 1-MRUF 1 - 29th July 2018 at 3.50pm
  • 25th March 2018 at 3.50pm one Leopard at Manikrala Uraniya. N 08.45051, E 079.99454

    It was a young female leopard and she was stalking a sounder of Wild Boar. After a minute or so she sprinted in to the forest in pursuit of her prey. But her fate reversed almost instantly when the Wild Boar came together to charge her. She moved back on to the road and walked in to the forest. Having examined the spot pattern I was able to identify this leopard as the Kuruttupandi Leopard 1 listed under “Leopards of Wilpattu – Guest” section. This is my first sighting of this leopard. I estimated her age to be around 2 years and 6 months. I named her Manikrala Uraniya Female 1 (MRUF 1). ( with guide Tissa Ratnayake)

  • Manikrala Uraniya Female 1-MRUF 1 - 25th March 2018 at 3.50pm Manikrala Uraniya Female 1-MRUF 1 - 25th March 2018 at 3.50pm Manikrala Uraniya Female 1-MRUF 1 - 25th March 2018 at 3.50pm