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Leopards of Wilpattu
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Leopards of Wilpattu

Kumbuk Wila Male 1 - KWMC 1

Locations of sightings

Kumbuk Wila, Mahapatessa, Kudapatessa, Thimbiri Wila

First Sighting

5th September 2021 at 5.05pm

  • 5th September 2021 at 5.05pm one Leopard at Thimbiri Wila. N 08.42732, E 080.01073

    When I arrived at Thimbiri Wila from Mahapatessa there were two other jeeps parked and observing a leopard. I quickly got in to position and started to photograph. The setting sun behind the leopard made photography quite challenging.  A young male leopard was seated at the edge of the forest.  As I watched and photographed, he moved to the edge of the water and started to drink. Thereafter he moved back to the edge of the forest. Later upon examination of the spot pattern I realized that this is Kumbuk Wila Male 1 (KWMC 1), one of the two male cubs of Kumbuk Wila Female 2 (KWFC 2).

  • Kumbuk Wila Male 1-KWMC 1 - 5th September 2021 at 5.05pm Kumbuk Wila Male 1-KWMC 1 - 5th September 2021 at 5.05pm Kumbuk Wila Male 1-KWMC 1 - 5th September 2021 at 5.05pm Kumbuk Wila Male 1-KWMC 1 - 5th September 2021 at 5.05pm Kumbuk Wila Male 1-KWMC 1 - 5th September 2021 at 5.05pm
  • 4th September 2021 at 11.28am 3 Leopards on Kumbuk Wila upper road. N 08.41846, E 080.00845

    We drove on to Kumbuk Wila upper road and safari Jeep driver Hiranjan Dilshan informed us that Cleopatra and the two cubs had been seen about half an hour ago on this road. We waited for about an hour expecting them to move back on to the road but had no success. Around 11.25am a Ceylon Jungle Fowl and few Indian Palm Squirrels started making alarm calls and we were able to spot the leopards lying together about 15 feet from the edge of the road. The two cubs that I have listed under Leopards of Wilpattu – Guest section as Maha Wewa Leopard 3 & 4 were seen with their mother Kumbuk Wila Female 2 (KWFC 2). Even though the cats were partly covered in foliage I was thrilled as this was my first sighting of these cubs. The first images I received of these cubs were from Dr. Rishani Gunasinghe in February 2021 where I estimated their age to around 5 months. They are about a year old now. Considering the location, of my first sighting I named them Kumbuk Wila Male 1 (KWMC 1) and Kumbuk Wila Male 2 (KWMC 2) for the purpose of my study. Having taken a few record images, I reversed expecting them to move on to the road. But with the arrival of a two more jeeps the cats moved further into the forest.

  • Kumbuk Wila Male 1-KWMC 1 - 4th September 2021 at 11.28am