Leopardess Kim

Leopardess Kim is symbolic of the local communities' tolerance of wildlife.  

One night in 2010, she was trapped by some villagers who had lost many goats and calves to her over the years.  Instead of killing her, which would solve the livestock loss problem and also bring in money from her skin, they called UWA's Dr. Margaret Dricuru, and Dr. Siefert and his research assistant James Kalyewa.  They all worked together to dart her and relocate her to an area within the park.  However, leopardess Kim returned to her original territory in a matter of weeks, and ultimately we discovered she had a cub.

She and other leopards are still regularly seen in Muhokya and other villages, preying on domestic livestock.   Leopardess Kim has been fitted with a radio collar and is regularly monitored by us, along with her male sub-adult cub named Maathai.  Tourists can often see them while on UWA’s lion tracking experience with James or Dr. Siefert.

Below are pictures of Kim, from when she was relocated in 2010 to today:

Kim being fitted with a radio collar by Dr. Siefert:

photo by experiential tourist Elena Graebener

 

James securing Kim, who is tranquilized, for the relocation into the Park:

photo by experiential tourist Elena Graebener

 

Video clips of Kim shortly after she was relocated:

 

 

Picture of Kim as we tracked her from her relocation spot back to her original home range:

Google Earth image of Kim's range between Lake George and the foothills of the Rwenzori Mountains:

Kim today:

photo by experiential tourist Pam Barmentloo