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Borupan Wila Female 3 - BWFC 3

Locations of sightings

Borupan Wila, Borupan Junction, Thimbiri Wila, Kumbuk Wila sand patch, Borupan Pitiya, Viranda Wala

First Sighting

24th June 2018 at 4.39pm

  • 17th April 2019 at 3.06pm one Leopard at Borupan pitiya. N 08.42738, E 080.02568

    While on the Borupan upper road we heard Spotted Deer alarm calls and drove down to the “wila”. Upon observing the direction of sight of the Spotted Deer barking out frantic alarm calls we managed spot the leopard. It was a young female. She walked out of cover, sniffed and marked a bush but moved back in to the forest in the direction of the upper road. We drove up and met the leopard again on the road. She walked along the road for a short distance but moved back in to the forest prior to which I managed to get a few images. The spot pattern revealed its identity as Borupan Wila Female 3 (BWFC 3). ( with guide D.M.Wasantha Kumara)

  • Borupan Wila Female 3-BWFC 3 - 17th April 2019 at 3.06pm Borupan Wila Female 3-BWFC 3 - 17th April 2019 at 3.06pm Borupan Wila Female 3-BWFC 3 - 17th April 2019 at 3.06pm Borupan Wila Female 3-BWFC 3 - 17th April 2019 at 3.06pm
  • 18th April 2019 at 7.47am one Leopard on the road between Kumbuk Wila sand patch and Borupan junction. N 08.41880, E 080.01824

    The Leopard was walking in our direction and stopped to “mark” a bush by the side of the road. There after the young leopard remained seated on the road for a few minutes prior to walking across the edge of the road. Having taken a few images I reversed to give way for the vehicle parked behind me to get a clear view. Having studied the spot pattern I noted that this is Borupan Wila Female 3 (BWFC 3), the same female Leopard that I photographed the previous day.

  • Borupan Wila Female 3-BWFC 3 - 18th April 2019 at 7.47am Borupan Wila Female 3-BWFC 3 - 18th April 2019 at 7.47am Borupan Wila Female 3-BWFC 3 - 18th April 2019 at 7.47am Borupan Wila Female 3-BWFC 3 - 18th April 2019 at 7.47am
  • 4.15pm one Leopard at Thimbiri Wila. N 08.42439, E 080.01178

    We spotted the Leopard seated under a tree across the water. After a few minutes the cat walked up to water’s edge and started to drink. Having drunk its fill moved back in to the forest. Later upon studying the spot pattern I was able to identify it as Borupan Wila Female 3 (BWFC 3), the same leopard I observed in the morning. ( with guide D.M.Wasantha Kumara)

  • Borupan Wila Female 3-BWFC 3 - 18th April 2019 at 4.15pm Borupan Wila Female 3-BWFC 3 - 18th April 2019 at 4.15pm Borupan Wila Female 3-BWFC 3 - 18th April 2019 at 4.15pm
  • 18th November 2018 at 3.45pm one Leopard on Lunu Wewa road. N 08.44161, E 080.02019

    We drove down to Lunu Wewa bungalow and were on our way back when we spotted the Leopard seated by the side of the road. It was a female and was sniffing the bushes intently. On a few occasions she lifted both her paws up to reach up to sniff the bushes. In less than two minutes she walked across the road and moved in to the forest. Having examined the images I noted that it is Kumbuk Wila Female 2 (KWFC 2). This female is now 2 years and 8 months old and is showing signs of being in eustress for the first time. She appear to be following the male in whose company she was observed yesterday on Kumbuk Wila upper road and which male I photographed in the morning on this road. However this male is now about the same age as the female and is yet to reach sexual maturity. Even though female leopards reach sexually mature around 2 years and 6 months and are able to conceive males appear to take a longer period to reach sexual maturity. (with guide Tissa Ratnayake)

  • Borupan Wila Female 3-BWFC 3 - 18th November 2018 at 7.10am Borupan Wila Female 3-BWFC 3 - 18th November 2018 at 7.10am
  • 24th October 2018 at 8.30am 2 Leopards between Kumbuk Wila sand patch and Borupan junction. N 08.41827, E 080.02020

    The two young female leopards were seated together by the side o the road and one moved across the road as we approached them. In less than 10 minutes she moved out again to join her sister. Having checked their spot pattern I identified them as Borupan Wila Female 3 & 4 (BWFC 3& 4) These two cubs are around 1 year and three months now.
    9.20am left the leopards. (with guide Tissa Ratnayake)

  • Borupan Wila Female 3-BWFC 3 - 24th October 2018 at 8.30am Borupan Wila Female 3-BWFC 3 - 24th October 2018 at 8.30am Borupan Wila Female 3-BWFC 3 - 24th October 2018 at 8.30am Borupan Wila Female 3-BWFC 3 - 24th October 2018 at 8.30am Borupan Wila Female 3-BWFC 3 - 24th October 2018 at 8.30am
  • 28th July 2018 at 6.57am 3 Leopards between Borupan junction and Borupan Wila. N 08.41996, E 080.02377

    Having noticed the alarm calls of the Grey Langur’s we stopped the vehicle and listened. The calls were moving towards the road. I angled the vehicle in expectation of a leopard moving on to the road. After a few minutes Borupan Wila Female 2 (BWF 2) and her two female cubs, Borupan Wila Female 3 (BWFC 3) and the cub I had not photographed Borupan Pitiya Leopard 3 walked on to the road. The mother as usual was quite keen to move out of sight. They walked in the direction of Borupan Wila and moved in to the forest. I was able to capture few images of the second female cub I did not have and named it Borupan Wila Female 4 (BWFC 4).  The cubs are one year old now. (with guide Tissa Ratnayake)

  • Borupan Wila Female 3-BWFC 3 - 28th July 2018 at 6.57am Borupan Wila Female 3-BWFC 3 - 28th July 2018 at 6.57am Borupan Wila Female 3-BWFC 3 - 28th July 2018 at 6.57am Borupan Wila Female 3-BWFC 3 - 28th July 2018 at 6.57am
  • 24th June 2018 at 10.40am we arrived at Borupan pitiya where many vehicles were parked expecting two leopard cubs to move out of the thicket.
  • 12.47pm one Leopard cub at Borupan Pitiya. N 08.42531, E 080.02728
  • Even though we were able to observe the two cubs in the thicket no photography was possible as they were hardy visible without a binoculars. At 12.47pm one moved to the edge of the forest and started to feed on grass blades. I have observed Leopards engaging in this behavior and vomiting there after. Having bitten off and swallowing grass for about 4 minutes the young female leopard vomited and moved in to the forest again.
  • Borupan Wila Female 3-BWFC 3 - 24th June 2018 at 10.40am Borupan Wila Female 3-BWFC 3 - 24th June 2018 at 10.40am Borupan Wila Female 3-BWFC 3 - 24th June 2018 at 10.40am Borupan Wila Female 3-BWFC 3 - 24th June 2018 at 10.40am
  • 4.39pm the same Leopard cub moved out again walked along the edge of the forest and sat down on its hunches permitting us to get a few clear images. There after she moved back in to the forest and started “Clawing a Tree” before climbing up. Having examined the images I noted that this is one of the two cubs of the third litter of Borupan Wila Female 2 (BWF 2), which I have named as Borupan Pitiya Leopard 2 in Leopards of Wilpattu-Guest section based on images received from other contributors to my site. As this is my first sighting of this female leopard I named it Borupan Wila Female 3 (BWF 3). Having received images of these cubs when they were about one month they are now 11 months old. (With guide D.M. Wasantha)
  • Borupan Wila Female 3-BWFC 3 - 24th June 2018 at  4.39pm Borupan Wila Female 3-BWFC 3 - 24th June 2018 at  4.39pm Borupan Wila Female 3-BWFC 3 - 24th June 2018 at  4.39pm Borupan Wila Female 3-BWFC 3 - 24th June 2018 at  4.39pm Borupan Wila Female 3-BWFC 3 - 24th June 2018 at  4.39pm Borupan Wila Female 3-BWFC 3 - 24th June 2018 at  4.39pm