Warning of leopard on the loose at Roodeplaat reserve

Warning of leopard on the loose at Roodeplaat reserve

The Gauteng Department of Environment has confirmed that a leopard is on the loose at the vicinity of the Roodeplaat Nature Reserve and around the Roodeplaat Dam, north of Pretoria.


The big cat, which has been roaming around the area since Tuesday, has already attacked one zebra at a local game farm.

The department's Control Biodiversity Officer Mpumelelo Mnci has called on the visitors to be vigilant when visiting the reserve.

"The conservation reserve management officials and neighbours to the nature reserve are on the lookout for the animal and should it be spotted, the nature reserve will enlist the services of a wildlife veterinarian to come to the nature reserve to dart the animal and take to a sanctuary or other identified suitable protected area.

"Leopards are most active during the night but can sometimes be spotted during the day. Leopards are dangerous animals and therefore members of the community visiting the Roodeplaat Dam Nature Reserve are advised to be cautious."

The department says the owner and the origin of the leopard are not yet known.

Earlier this month a lion killed a man at the Dinokeng Game Reserve.


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