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Maradanmaduwa Male 3 - MMM 3

Locations of sightings

Maradanmaduwa tank bund, Galwanguwa pond, Palu Kola Wala, Kalagedi Bokkuwa, Divulgas mandiya, Andaragollawa Road, Humbas Wala, Thambioluwa, Ibba Wala

First Sighting

29th July 2018 at 5.27pm

  • 29th July 2018 at 12.31pm One Leopard at Maradanmaduwa. N 08.37917, E 080.07514

    My guide Tissa spotted the leopard sleeping under a Thimbiri Tree at the foot of Maradanmaduwa bund. It was partially visible and was covered by the broad leaves of the tree. I stopped the vehicle to take at least a record shot when the leopard raised its head to look at us through the foliage and moved further under the tree and was not visible. I was thrilled to note that this is the big male leopard referred to as “Gota” by the jeep drivers and guides. It is listed as Maradanmaduwa Leopard 1 under “Leopards of Wilpattu- Guest” section on my site. It is yet another leopard that I had received images taken by others from as far back as December 2015 but had not photographed my self. As the animal went back to sleep we decided to do a drive and come back later. I named it Maradanmaduwa Male 3 (MMM 3).  I estimated its age to be around 6 and a half.

  • Maradanmaduwa Male 3-MMM 3 - 29th July 2018 at 12.31pm Maradanmaduwa Male 3-MMM 3 - 29th July 2018 at 12.31pm
  • 5.27pm one Leopard Maradanmaduwa Male 3 (MMM3) at Maradanmaduwa.

    We arrived at the spot where the leopard was sleeping and spotted him still sleeping under the Thimbiri tree. While we were observing the leopard heard the noise of branches being broken, which was followed by the appearance of an Elephant. The sleeping leopard was disturbed by the approaching Elephant and woke up. He started to lick its paws for a while and moved out in to the open permitting me to take a few images. Having looked in our direction for a few minutes the leopard started to move up the bund and was not visible due to the tall shrubs. I immediately reversed the vehicle and slightly angled it to allow me to get a few images. As expected the leopard moved on to the bund, looked in our direction and moved down to the tank to drink. I decided to leave the leopard and drive off in order to reach the park entrance by 6.30pm. (with guide Tissa Ratnayake)

  • Maradanmaduwa Male 3-MMM 3 - 29th July 2018 at 5.27pm Maradanmaduwa Male 3-MMM 3 - 29th July 2018 at 5.27pm Maradanmaduwa Male 3-MMM 3 - 29th July 2018 at 5.27pm Maradanmaduwa Male 3-MMM 3 - 29th July 2018 at 5.27pm Maradanmaduwa Male 3-MMM 3 - 29th July 2018 at 5.27pm