1688G. TachardVoy. to SiamII. 64They have there also Civit-cats, many Wildcats, Lyons and Tygers which have very pretty skins and especially huge great Apes that comes sometimes in Troops down from the Table-land into the Gardens of private Persons.
1696J. OvingtonVoy. to Suratt 283Tygers and Lions are very numerous, and so bold, that they range sometimes within Gun-shot of the Fort.
1731G. Medleytr. ofP. Kolben’s Present State of Cape of G.H.I. 64The Dutch officer..planted Out-Guards in the proper Places, for a Defence against the Lions, Tigers, and other fierce and ravenous Beasts, abounding in this territory.
1786G. Forstertr. ofA. Sparrman’s Voy. to Cape of G.H.I. 269The tigers, or more properly leopards, (for they seem rather to belong to that species) are not so easily extirpated.
1798B. StoutNarr. of Loss of Ship ‘Hercules’p.xxxiiiThey frequently encounter the lion, the rhinoceros, the hippopotamus, the buffalo, the hyaena, the panther or the tiger.
1801W. SomervilleNarr. of E. Cape Frontier (1979) 30The dress of both sexes is composed of bullock hides — and those of the Captains or people of rank, of Tiger skin.
1827T. PhilippsScenes & Occurrences 18It was very large and the skin was beautifully marked. The Dutch call them tigers, but we were informed that there is no tiger in the Colony, and this certainly was a leopard.
1836A.F. GardinerJourney to Zoolu Country 123Some men bearing a dead leopard. There are three kinds of this species in the country, all included by the Dutch and the colonists under the general name of Tiger, although that animal is here unknown.
1841B. ShawMemorials 305The tigers of South Africa, differing but little from the leopards, are small when compared with the Royal Bengal tigers, but they are numerous, and exceedingly troublesome to the farmers.
1847‘A Bengali’Notes on Cape of G.H. 77The Cape people are continually talking about ‘Tigers’, but there are no such animals on the continent, and they mean leopards or panthers.
1851J.F. Churchill Diary. (Killie Campbell Africana Library MS37) 21 Nov.Two of our fellow Colonists have died of wounds from the Panther or Tiger as it is called here.
1865T. Shone Diary. 7 Oct.Henry and Meers went a Tigre hunting.
1872C.A. PaytonDiamond Diggings 82In the dusk, coming up a gully,..I almost stumbled on to a leopard, or ‘tiger’ as they call it here, which had apparently caught some small beast and was growling over it.
1883M.A. Carey-HobsonFarm in Karoo 218One of the tiger traps had been set by George and Allan on their way up to the cattle.
1890A. MartinHome Life 237Although the elephant and lion are now no longer found in the Karroo, there still remain a good number of leopards, or, as the colonists, in calm defiance of natural history, persist in calling them, ‘tigers’.
1898The Jrnl 2 Apr. 2Two horrified hunters strolling on the Beach near the Nahoon River Mouth saw a huge tiger spring from the bush at a buck.
1900O. OsborneIn Land of Boers 43There is almost unlimited sport to be had in South Africa.., and even as far south as the fairly well populated Cape districts, leopards — miscalled tigers — zebras, quaggas, wild cats, baboons, and jackals are still to be found.
1911Farmer’s Weekly 18 Oct. 193We can to-day produce more tiger and leopard skins in our homes than the whole of the rest of the Kuruman district. We have destroyed them on our farms.
1936E. RosenthalOld-Time Survivals 36Many a South African, following his grandfather’s custom, still calls a leopard a ‘tiger’.
1941A.G. BeeKalahari Camp Fires (1943) 21Leopards, which are called tigers in South Africa, did much harm to native stock.
1953R. CampbellMamba’s Precipice 131‘Well, what do you make of that?’ said Willem. ‘I tell you it’s a tiger for sure and not a ratel, nor an otter, nor an ant-bear.’ [Note] ‘Tiger’ is the common South African word for a leopard.
1970G. WestwoodBright Wilderness 93There had been lions and elephant in these parts then, and the leopard that in the old days they had called ‘tygers’.
1989B. GodboldAutobiography. 30Leopards were always referred to as ‘tigers’, the Dutch custom, hence ‘Tiger Flats’.