AGE: (2018) Estimated 10 years.
WEIGHT: (2013) 38Kg
ORIGIN: Okonjima Nature Reserve
Isaskia is one of our leopards in the Okonjima Nature Reserve.
Isaskia – Okonjima’s shy and elusive beauty, whose name means “beautiful” in the Damara language. ISASKIA was spotted for the first time in April 2011. Her territory mainly covers the area around Ombujongwe (northern section of the Okonjima Nature Reserve), where she was seen on occasion since 2011 while tracking other carnivores, when we were lucky or when we specifically went out looking for her.
We estimate that she is approximately 6 years old and mother of (at least) one litter. In 2012 she was sighted with two cubs by our Okonjima guides. In June 2013 we managed to eventually catch her in one of our remote-controlled, triggered box-traps south of Ombujongwe homestead and collared her. Despite her collar, she still is seen very rarely. When spotted however, she is always calm and relaxed. It seems as if she simply prefers to hide from most action and she definitely decides when she wants to be seen and when not. Every now and then we catch her on one of our wildlife camera traps or on one of the live cameras monitoring the box traps around the clock.
She was recently seen mating with Nkosi, but was also spotted with our newly collared male, Mkongwe. The reason ISASKIA has been collared, is because she is part of the new The AfriCat Predator and Prey Population Density Study in the Okonjima Nature Reserve.