Range size of southern Kalahari leopards

Bothma J.D.P. ; Knight M.H. ; Le Riche E.A.N. ; Van Hensbergen H.J. (1997)


Based upon radio-tracking, and using kernel analysis techniques, the mean range size of three adult male leopards Panthera pardus was 2182.37 ± 491.628 km2, that of five adult females 488.70 ± 292.893 km2, and that of a single subadult male 1323.80 km2. These ranges are considerably larger than for leopards elsewhere, and may reflect the aridity and prey-poor nature of the southern Kalahari: The subadult male dispersed over a linear distance of 112.6 km from its presumably natal area to where it established a new range.

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