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Leopards of Wilpattu

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

  • 24th January 2021 11.20am one Leopard between Manik Wila and Illandamotte. N 08.45568, E 079.98812

    It was a female leopard and was walking towards Manik Wila. Upon seeing the leopard I switched off the engine and the cat responded by lying down on the road. A closer look at the spot pattern revealed that this is the Manikrala Uraniya Female 1 (MRUF 1). She was licking her paws and her body and every now and then looking in my direction. I reversed the vehicle expecting the leopard to start her walk again and she did. As usual I always maintained a distance of about 30 feet to give the leopard space. She would walk for a short distance and rest again. Having walked up to the upper road junction she walked on to the upper road. I then started to follow her up to the end of that road where she started to stalk some Spotted Deer. Her ambush attack was not successful as the deer started to give out alarm calls and ran across the road. A loud alarm call of a Ceylon Jungle Fowl indicated that she had walked very close to the back of the DWC quarters at Manik Wila. There after a few alarm calls of Palm Squirrels indicated that she had crossed the road and moved in to the forest beyond the bungalow. I was observing the leopard for almost one hour and 30 minutes.

  • Manikrala Uraniya Female 1-MRUF 1 - 24th January 2021 11.20am Manikrala Uraniya Female 1-MRUF 1 - 24th January 2021 11.20am Manikrala Uraniya Female 1-MRUF 1 - 24th January 2021 11.20am Manikrala Uraniya Female 1-MRUF 1 - 24th January 2021 11.20am Manikrala Uraniya Female 1-MRUF 1 - 24th January 2021 11.20am
  • 23rd January 2021 10.45am one Leopard between Kokkare Villu and Kuruttupandi Villu.
    N 08.43314, E 079.98274

    It was an adult female leopard and walking towards Kuruttupandi Villu. Examination of its spot pattern reveled that it is Manikrala Uraniya Female 1 (MRUF 1). Her belly flap was low indicating that she is feeding cubs. The leopard walking ahead of us and there was one vehicle ahead me. I managed to get a few images when she stopped to scent mark a couple of times. I was following her and the vehicles in front kept on reversing to accommodate the advancing leopard. However much to our disgust the vehicle in front delayed to reverse forcing the cat to move in to the forest. (with guide Tissa Ratnayake)

  • Manikrala Uraniya Female 1-MRUF 1 - 23rd January 2021 10.45am Manikrala Uraniya Female 1-MRUF 1 - 23rd January 2021 10.45am Manikrala Uraniya Female 1-MRUF 1 - 23rd January 2021 10.45am
  • 12th December 2020 at 4.28pm one Leopard at Kuruttupandi Villu. N 08.43673, E 079.98171
    The Leopard was sleeping on the edge of the forest with its back towards the villu. Despite there being many safari jeeps they were kind enough to give me space to park where I had a good view of the sleeping feline. Thank fully the female leopard raised its head on one occasion permitting me to get a few images of the right side of its face adequate enough to identify the leopard. As I suspected it is Manikrala Uraniya Female 1 (MRUF 1). At 4.48pm I decided to leave, as I had to reach the park entrance by 6.00pm.

  • Manikrala Uraniya Female 1-MRUF 1 - 12th December 2020 at 4.28pm Manikrala Uraniya Female 1-MRUF 1 - 12th December 2020 at 4.28pm
  • 28th November 2020 at 11.55am one Leopard at Eriyakkulampooval. N 8 26.246 E 80. 00 169

    We observed the Leopard across the Villu. She walked along the edge of the water and started to drink. Thereafter walked along the forest edge and moved in to the forest. Upon examination of her spot pattern I was pleased to note that it is Manikrala Uraniya Female 1 (MRUF 1).

  • Manikrala Uraniya Female 1-MRUF 1 - 28th November 2020 at 11.55am Manikrala Uraniya Female 1-MRUF 1 - 28th November 2020 at 11.55am Manikrala Uraniya Female 1-MRUF 1 - 28th November 2020 at 11.55am Manikrala Uraniya Female 1-MRUF 1 - 28th November 2020 at 11.55am
  • 21st June 2020 at 12.14pm one Leopard on a tree between Kokkare Villu and Kuruttupandi Villu. N 08.42824, E 079.98279
    The female leopard was sleeping on a branch of a tree above the road. It was Manikrala Uraniya Female 1 (MRUF 1). She had a full belly and changed her position on a few occasions but remained on this tree for almost 3 hours before getting off the same. She was quite at ease and did not even look in my direction despite my moving the vehicle a few times to get images each time she changed her position. Having got off she defecated at the foot of the tree, crossed the road by walking very close to a safari jeep parked in front and climbed another tree. As there were other jeeps that arrived I left the leopard and moved off. I observed this leopard from 12.14pm until 2.52pm. (with safari jeep driver Gayan)

  • Manikrala Uraniya Female 1-MRUF 1 - 21st June 2020 at 12.14pm Manikrala Uraniya Female 1-MRUF 1 - 21st June 2020 at 12.14pm Manikrala Uraniya Female 1-MRUF 1 - 21st June 2020 at 12.14pm Manikrala Uraniya Female 1-MRUF 1 - 21st June 2020 at 12.14pm
  • 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