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Kumbuk Wila Male 2 - KWMC 2

Locations of sightings

Kumbuk Wila, Mahapatessa, Kudapatessa, Thimbiri Wila

First Sighting

6th September 2021 at 2.00pm

  • 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