Leopard predation on giraffe calves in the Etosha National Park

Published intonation on the diet of the leopard Panthera pardus reveals that they are opportunistic feeders that prey mainly on small to medium sized animals, but are able to kill herbivores of more than twice their body mass (Smithers 1983; Bothma & LeRiche 1984; Norton et al. i984). Records of leopard kill for the Etosha National Park, held by the Ministry of Wildlife, Conservation and Tourism. Namibia. include black-backed jackal Canis mesomelas,  kudu calves Traqelaphus strepsiceros, springbok Antidorcas marsupialis, black-faced impala Aepyceros melampus petersl, Burchell's zebra foals Equus burchelli. adult ostrich Struthio camelus. duiker Sylvicapra grimmia and springhare Pedeles capensis. Very few instances of leopard predation on giraffe calves Giraffa camelopardalis could be found in the literature. We report here on two cases in open savanna in the western part of the Etosha National Park during March 1988.

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