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Leopards of Wilpattu

Kumbuk Wila Male 2 - KWMC 2

Locations of sightings

Kumbuk Wila, Mahapatessa, Kudapatessa, Thimbiri Wila

First Sighting

6th September 2021 at 2.00pm

  • 12th February 2022 at 1.15pm one Leopard at Thimbiri Wila. N 08.42725, E 080.01084
    The animal was hidden by the foliage growing at the edge of the water. After a few minutes the leopard moved under a Madan tree and walked into the forest. I managed to get a few images during the brief period of opportunity. Later upon studying the spot pattern I noted that the leopard was Kumbuk Wila Male 2 (KWMC 2), one of the two male cubs of Kumbuk Wila Female 2 (KWFC 2) popularly referred to as Cleopatra in the park.

  • Kumbuk Wila Male 2-KWMC 2 - 12th February 2022 at 1.15pm Kumbuk Wila Male 2-KWMC 2 - 12th February 2022 at 1.15pm
  • 14th November 2021 at 3.57pm 2 Leopards between Kumbuk Wila and Kokkare Villu. N 08.42021, E 080.00209

    While at Madangaha Wala, safari jeep driver Jeevan Nishantha informed me of two leopards on a sand patch between Kokkare Villu and Kumbuk Wila. I arrived at the spot and observed an adult female and a young male. It was Kumbuk Wila Female 2 (KWFC 2) and one of her male cubs Kumbuk Wila Male 2 (KWMC 2). These cubs are now one year and 3 months old and should leave the mother in a few months to look for territories of its own and lead solitary lives. The cub is quite affectionate towards his mother and licked the back of her head. The adult female did not reciprocate the affection towards her son. She expressed her displeasure by growling at him. This is typical female leopard behavior when the cubs reach around 1 and a half years. The females almost overnight become increasingly less tolerant of their cubs in a bid to drive them away from their territory. I have observed this behavior with many females with cubs.

  • Kumbuk Wila Male 2-KWMC 2 - 14th November 2021 at 3.57pm Kumbuk Wila Male 2-KWMC 2 - 14th November 2021 at 3.57pm Kumbuk Wila Male 2-KWMC 2 - 14th November 2021 at 3.57pm Kumbuk Wila Male 2-KWMC 2 - 14th November 2021 at 3.57pm
  • 6th September 2021 at 2.00pm two leopards at Thimbiri Wila. N 08.42732, E 080.01073

    I arrived at Thimbiri Wila from Mahapatessa at 10.30 and decided to park and wait at this locality. As I photographed Kumbuk Wila Female 2 (KWFC 2) in the morning I expected the cubs also to be in the vicinity and that they would move out to drink towards evening. Around 2pm as expected Kumbuk Wila Female 2 (KWFC 2) the mother walked to the edge of the forest and in a few minutes one of her cubs the Kumbuk Wila Male 2 (KWMC 2) walked up to her. Thereafter both leopards were lying down close to each other. Our patience paid off when around 3.47pm the mother, KWFC 2 walked to the edge of the water followed by her cub KWMC 2 to drink. Having quenched their thirst, the mother lay down in the open, but the cub swiftly moved into the forest. In a few minutes the mother also followed the cub into the forest

  • Kumbuk Wila Male 2-KWMC 2 - 6th September 2021 at 2.00pm Kumbuk Wila Male 2-KWMC 2 - 6th September 2021 at 2.00pm Kumbuk Wila Male 2-KWMC 2 - 6th September 2021 at 2.00pm Kumbuk Wila Male 2-KWMC 2 - 6th September 2021 at 2.00pm Kumbuk Wila Male 2-KWMC 2 - 6th September 2021 at 2.00pm Kumbuk Wila Male 2-KWMC 2 - 6th September 2021 at 2.00pm
  • 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 2-KWMC 2 - 4th September 2021 at 11.28am