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Unread postPosted: Fri Jul 06, 2007 9:41 am 
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Bush Baptist wrote:
Stunning painting.....but where's the 6th cub?

The six cubs weren't all visible together in any of my photo's except one where you could just see the tip of it's little nose.

You can just see it in one of my photos earlier in this thread.

In any case Graham missed the fact that there were 6 and I couldn't send him off to do it again!

I'm not sure people would believe it from a painting anyway - 6 are so unlikely!!

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Here you go - proof! I found the photo with the 6th cub. You can just see its face under mum's belly.
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I did not doubt it for one moment Tony, I just saw 5. The tragedy is that there is such a small chance of them all making it to adulthood.
I always enjoy seeing cheetah. A group of mum plus 3 adult children was my last good sighting in Kruger.

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 Post subject: Cheetah
Unread postPosted: Mon Jul 23, 2007 7:36 pm 
This one just south of the rhino camp on the Voortrekkerpad in 1990.

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Pretoriuskop is REALLY the best spot for cheetah!


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I saw these 3 beuties on the way from Mpondo dam back to the H-3, we were on our way back to the H-3 that is, they didn't say where they were going or I would have followed.

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Cheetah Locale Turns Up the Goods Again

My folks have just spent a week in KNP, traveling from Tambotie via Satara, to the south.

And the S130/137 intersection delivered again. This is on the way to Duke, from the main CB / LS road.

We saw the three 'brothers' (well, I surmise they are) in the same spot some years ago, and my folks did too. They came around a corner, and the lads were crouching in the road. Ol' man fired off a pic through the windscreen, and then all hell broke loose. Cheetahs running all over the show, dust thrown up, and impala scattering everywhere, into the bush, back across the road, chaos. But no kill.

So there's a hot Perks tip for you. Will check it out again in September!

King Cheetah Query

Been meaning to ask this for months...

Is there such a thing as a king cheetah, presumably a sub-species, or is this solely a genetic aberration, found only in captivity?

Reason I ask is many years ago (10 maybe?), I woke up one morning early, shot out for a drive, took the S128 gravel from LS side towards the Saletjie Road, and being quite dark, and the only pair of eyes in the car, and mostly looking out of the driver's window, nearly flattened* a cheetah. Except he was extremely dark on the back, half the reason I never saw him lying in the road. To this day I ask myself if this was a king, or simply a very old garden variety cheetah?

* I say 'nearly flattened', meaning I got to within ten or fifteen metres before s/he got up in the interest of self-preservation. And I was doing the routine Perks doddle, i.e. very slow speed.

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A genetic aberration not a sub-species. The initial sightings were of wild King Cheetah, which were later bred in captivity from two normal Cheetah. But it was so long ago that I cannot recall where the sightings took place.

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 Post subject: King cheetah
Unread postPosted: Tue Aug 28, 2007 7:54 pm 
perks and mtv,

The last "king" in the Park was regularly seen around Tshokwane in the '80's.

A few suspect reports before that.

This does, however, mean that the genes are present in Kruger.


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Two brothers a few km from Numbi gate next to the tar.
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the "2 brothers" on the S3 2km from the Doispane road
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Finally got to post some cheetah pictures, funny thing was i couldn't get them all to stand still together. Hope you enjoy..

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It was standing more than four meters above ground.

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The whole story around you can find in my Kruger story.

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In this littele film you see a Cheetah stalking an Impala that we saw on the S90 between Olifants and Satara.As far as we could see, the Impala was blind on one eye but the Impala got away [for now]. :wink:



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In this little video you see two Cheetah's in an old dead tree looking for game. I filmed them on the S28 between Lower Sabie and Croc Bridge. :wink:



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 Post subject: Cheetah on a night-drive?
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Hi,

Has anyone ever seen cheetah on a night drive??

I ask this as i overheard a ranger mention that in all his years (probably 5 or 6), doing night drives in KNP, before moving to Timbavai Pvt, he had never seen cheetah on a night drive.

I know that cheetah are not nocturnal and do their best to keep a low profile after dark (predator time),but it is not impossible to come across a cheetah sleeping/hiding in thick bush on a night drive.
Similarly, has anyone ever come across wild dog on a night drive?
They would be a major tick (for the same reasons as the cheetah) for any night drive!


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