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Leopards of Wilpattu

Nelum Wila Male 5 - NWMC 5

Locations of sightings

Nelum Wila, Kumbuk Wila upper road, Kokkare Junction to Nelum Wila, Borupan Wila, Thimbiri Wila, Lunu Wewa road, Madangas Wala

First Sighting

4th February 2018 at 11.51am

  • 19th November 2018 at 11.48am one Leopard at Kumbuk Wila. N 08.42204, E 080.00693

    I stopped at Kumbuk Wila “summer hut” briefly and learnt from the jeep drivers that there had been no leopard sightings till then. We advanced about 100 meters in the direction of Borupan junction and I was alerted by the alarm call of an Indian Palm Squirrel. Having examined the foliage my guide Tissa spotted a Leopard lying down on a small mound of earth partly covered by foliage less than 10 feet from the edge of the road. I managed to get a few record images to identify the leopard. It was Nelum Wila Male 5 (NWMC 5). In a few minutes the young leopard stood up and walked in to the jungle. (with guide Tissa Ratnayake)

  • Nelum Wila Male 5-NWMC 5 - 19th November 2018 at 11.48am
  • 18th November 2018 at 7.54am one Leopard at Lunuwew road junction. N 08.42844, E 080.02660

    We drove from Borupan Wila on to the Lunuwewa road and spotted a Leopard at the junction. I reversed the vehicle as I was too close to the leopard and was keen to give it adequate space. The Leopard, after sniffing the decaying tree at the junction, started to walk in the direction of Lunu Wewa. I followed the animal maintaining a distance of about 30 meters. He marked the bushes and turned and looked in our direction permitting me to take a few images. It was Nelum Wila Male 5 (NWMC 5).  The young male was in excellent condition. I was so thrilled to see this male that had eluded me during my past few trips. Having walked about 40 meters the Leopard moved in to the forest. (with guide Tissa Ratnayake)

  • Nelum Wila Male 5-NWMC 5 - 18th November 2018 at 7.54am Nelum Wila Male 5-NWMC 5 - 18th November 2018 at 7.54am Nelum Wila Male 5-NWMC 5 - 18th November 2018 at 7.54am Nelum Wila Male 5-NWMC 5 - 18th November 2018 at 7.54am
  • 17th November 2018 at 2.06pm two leopards on Kumbuk Wila upper road.  N 08.41837, E 080.00825

     It was Nelum Wila Male 5 (NWMC 5) and Kumbuk Wila Female 2 (KWFC 2). As we approached the bent Ficus Tree on this road saw a male leopard crossing the road. I was not able to get any images of this animal as he moved in to the forest towards Kumbuk Wila. After a few minutes a female leopard emerged from where the male leopard moved on to the road. She walked for a few meters in our direction and moved in to the forest following the male. I was able to get a few good images of this animal and identified her as KWFC 2. Upon examining photos taken by another visitor I was able to confirm that the male was NWMC 5. (with guide Tissa Ratnayake)

  • 27th May 2018 at 3.55pm one Leopard on Kumbuk Wila upper road. N 08.41808, E 080.00737

    It was Nelum Wila Male 5 (NWMC 5). It was a very brief sighting. The young Leopard was disturbed by the number of vehicles that had gathered at this spot and retreated in to the forest. ( with Guide Tissa Rtnayake)

  • 27th May 2018 at 12.47pm before driving to the bungalow for lunch I decided to drive down to Madangaha Wala to record the GPS reading of the former leopard sighting. While checking the reading we heard the low growl of a leopard and decided park at bordering the open glade.

    1.04pm Two Leopards at Madangaha Wala. N 08.41539, E 079.99796
    A female Leopard emerged from the thicket followed by another male. Later upon checking their spot patterns I was able to ID them as Nelum Wila Female 3 (NWFC 3) and Nelum Wila Male 5 (NWMC 5). It was wonderful to see these youngster siblings chasing each other and play fighting like a pair of domestic cats. We watched them for about 10 minutes and left to proceed to the bungalow. ( with Guide Tissa Rtnayake)

  • Nelum Wila Male 5-NWMC 5 - 27th May 2018 at 12.47pm Nelum Wila Male 5-NWMC 5 - 27th May 2018 at 12.47pm Nelum Wila Male 5-NWMC 5 - 27th May 2018 at 12.47pm Nelum Wila Male 5-NWMC 5 - 27th May 2018 at 12.47pm Nelum Wila Male 5-NWMC 5 - 27th May 2018 at 12.47pm Nelum Wila Male 5-NWMC 5 - 27th May 2018 at 12.47pm
  • 27th May 2018 at 8.18am one Leopard at Madangaha Wala. N 08.41572, E079.99854

    Having heard that two leopards had crossed the main road we arrived at Madangaha Wala. There were two vehicles parked in expectation of the leopards. I decided to park away from the parked vehicles expecting the leopards to cross the road towards Nelum Wila from the forested area of the road. One leopard emerged from the thicket and I managed to get a few images. I was able to instantly recognize that this is Nelum Wila Male Cub 5 (NWMC 5). He was bold enough to cross the road in between the vehicles and disappear in to the forest. ( with Guide Tissa Rtnayake)

  • Nelum Wila Male 5-NWMC 5 - 27th May 2018 at 8.18am
  • 26th May 2018 at 4.08pm one Leopard on Kumbuk Wila upper road. N 08.41812, E 080.00120

    Upon checking the spot patterns images I was able to conform that it is Nelum Wila Male Cub 5 (NWMC 5). The young male leopard was by the side of the road and walked across the road. Having sniffed the ground he defecated and walked on to the road and started to walk away from the vehicle. After a few minutes he lay down and rested on the road. I managed to get a few images and allowed the vehicle following me to move ahead for a better view. Upon another vehicle arriving from the opposite direction the leopard moved in to the forest. (with Guide Tissa Ratnayake)

  • Nelum Wila Male 5-NWMC 5 - 26th May 2018 at 4.08pm Nelum Wila Male 5-NWMC 5 - 26th May 2018 at 4.08pm Nelum Wila Male 5-NWMC 5 - 26th May 2018 at 4.08pm Nelum Wila Male 5-NWMC 5 - 26th May 2018 at 4.08pm
  • 4th February 2018 at 11.51am one Leopard between Kokkare Villu junction and Nelum Wila. N 08.40936, E 079.98470

    It was Kumbuk Wila upper road Leopard 1 listed under Leopards of Wilpattu – Guest section. This is my first sighting of this young male leopard. I estimated its age to be around 2 years. He was lying on the ground about 15 feet from the road. After about 10 minutes, with the build up of vehicles, he stood up and walked further in to the forest and lay on the floor again. Having slept for about an hour he was alerted by an alarm call of an Indian Palm Squirrel and walked on to the road, sat on its hunches and walked across to the opposite side. I named this leopard Nelum Wila Male 5 (NWMC 5) ( with guide Tissa Ratnayake)

  • Nelum Wila Male 5-NWMC 5 - 4th February 2018 at 11.51am Nelum Wila Male 5-NWMC 5 - 4th February 2018 at 11.51am Nelum Wila Male 5-NWMC 5 - 4th February 2018 at 11.51am Nelum Wila Male 5-NWMC 5 - 4th February 2018 at 11.51am