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Illanda Motte Male 1 - IMM 1

Locations of sightings

Illanda Motte, Illanda Motte to Manik Wila

First Sighting

2nd February 2020 at 10.39am

  • 2nd February 2020 at 10.39am we drove up to Illanda Motte and were surprised to see another Leopard on the road. N 08.45756, E 079.98941

    It was a shy young male leopard and had its body lowered to the ground upon our arrival. As soon as we saw him he ran in to the forest. As it was obvious that this is not a leopard that is habituated much with vehicles I revered and waited for some time expecting the leopard to move back on to the road but had no luck. Thus I drove passed the location where the leopard enter the forest and saw him seated about 15 feet in the thicket. I continued to drive well beyond where the animal was seen, as I wanted him to be relaxed with the vehicle and turned back. When I arrived at the spot the leopard was still there and I managed to get a few images of this shy animal before he disappeared further in to the forest. Having examined its spot pattern I realized that this is not a leopard that I was familiar with and suspected that it is an animal that is not in my database. My suspicion was confirmed upon comparing his spot pattern with all the others. It was a young well-built male leopard of about 2 years and six months in age. As this is my first sighting of this animal I named it Illanda Motte Male 1 (IMM 1). (with guide Hashan Madushanka)

  • Illanda Motte Male 1-IMM 1 - 2nd February 2020 at 10.39am Illanda Motte Male 1-IMM 1 - 2nd February 2020 at 10.39am Illanda Motte Male 1-IMM 1 - 2nd February 2020 at 10.39am Illanda Motte Male 1-IMM 1 - 2nd February 2020 at 10.39am