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Maradanmaduwa Female 3 - MMF 3

Locations of sightings

Maradanmaduwa, Percy Bendi Wewa

First Sighting

6th March 2020 at 7.34am

  • 6th March 2020 at 5.47pm a Leopard between Thammanna Wala and Percy Bendi Wewa. N 08.33915, E 080.12389

    The female Leopard was seated on the left edge of the road and was observing some ting to her right. Her behavior indicated that she was focused on the movements of some prey. As I was photographing she moved across the road and started to run away from us while having her attention on some animal in the undergrowth. Thereafter she moved in to the forest.  Upon examining her spot pattern I noted that this is the same female I observed in the morning, Maradanmaduwa Female 3 (MMF 3). As the leopard moved in to the forest we drove off a short distance beyond Percy Bendi Wewa, turned back and arrived at the same location to find the Leopard on the road again. Unfortunately she was disturbed by another vehicle that arrived and moved in to the forest. (with guide Tissa Ratanayake)

  • Maradanmaduwa Female 3-MMF 3 - 6th March 2020 at 5.47pm Maradanmaduwa Female 3-MMF 3 - 6th March 2020 at 5.47pm Maradanmaduwa Female 3-MMF 3 - 6th March 2020 at 5.47pm Maradanmaduwa Female 3-MMF 3 - 6th March 2020 at 5.47pm
  • 6th March 2020 at 7.34am one Leopard between Percy Bendi Wewa and Paaluwinlandawa junction.

    N 08.33618, E 080.12701
    We spotted the leopard at the “Boralu Wala” beyond the turn off to Makalanmaduwa road. The animal was hardly visible as it was lying down behind a fallen log. Thankfully in a few minutes the leopard broke cover and walked on to a mound of earth.  It was a young female and she was observing something in the undergrowth. Perhaps staking some prey. Prior to walking in to the forest she looked back in our direction permitting me to get a few images of her face. Later upon examination of her spot pattern I was delighted to find that this is one of the two female cubs of the Maradanmaduwa Female 1 (MMFC 1), which I had not seen before. I have named her as Maradanmaduwa Leopard 4 under Leopards of Wilpattu – Guest section. As this is my first sighting of this leopard I named it as Maradanmaduwa Female 3 (MMF 3). Based on the age of her sibling, Maradanmaduwa Female 2 (MMFC 2), I had already photographed as a cub she is around 3 years and 2 months now. The distance between Maradanmaduwa where she was born and Percy Bendi Wewa is almost 8km. Usually female cubs are known to remain close to their mother’s territory upon leaving the mother. (with guide Tissa Ratanayake)

  • Maradanmaduwa Female 3-MMF 3 - 6th March 2020 at 7.34am Maradanmaduwa Female 3-MMF 3 - 6th March 2020 at 7.34am Maradanmaduwa Female 3-MMF 3 - 6th March 2020 at 7.34am Maradanmaduwa Female 3-MMF 3 - 6th March 2020 at 7.34am