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 Post subject: Re: Cheetah cubs!
Unread postPosted: Sun Oct 25, 2009 5:31 pm 
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Hi Megan

Since the cheetah moms have now been single for about 6 months, is it not time for new cubs to be born soon? I hope to visit MZNP in December, so would be thrilled if there is news of new cubs before then!

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 Post subject: Re: Cheetah cubs!
Unread postPosted: Thu Oct 29, 2009 12:24 pm 
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Yes, there are now 17 cheetah in the Park. Nixi (one of the two adult females we originally introduced) has had her second litter of 6 cubs.

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 Post subject: Re: Cheetah cubs!
Unread postPosted: Thu Oct 29, 2009 1:00 pm 
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That's wonderful news Megan, thanks for that update.

I hope to see them all someday soon.

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 Post subject: Re: Cheetah cubs!
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Hi Megan,

Have one of the Cheetah's died? You indicated that there are 17 now and when I check the math as follows: 2 males introduced + 2 females introduced + 8 cubs (first litters) + 6 cubs (Nixi's 2nd litter) I get 18.

MZNP is definately on my to do list for the hopefully not too distant future!

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 Post subject: Re: Cheetah cubs!
Unread postPosted: Thu Oct 29, 2009 4:35 pm 
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Megan :clap:

Thanks for the exciting news! At this rate MZNP will become THE destination for cheetah in this part of the world...
Was thinking of spending more time at Addo, but guess I will have to split the time between the two of them.
Please don't move any cheetahs away before Xmas!

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 Post subject: Re: Cheetah cubs!
Unread postPosted: Fri Oct 30, 2009 3:56 pm 
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Yes, Patto, one of the cheetah cubs did die (when fully grown), so your maths is correct.

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 Post subject: Re: Cheetah cubs!
Unread postPosted: Wed Mar 03, 2010 10:59 am 
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Hi Megan

Is there any news on how the cheetah cubs are doing? We will be visiting MZNP in june and hope to see a cheetah or two. Is the cheetah count for the park still 17?

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 Post subject: Re: Cheetah cubs!
Unread postPosted: Wed Mar 24, 2010 4:08 pm 
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Hi wanderw,

Below the reply recieved from the Park:
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Hi Dalene

Our cheetahs are doing very well and we currently have 29 cheetah! There are a lot of cubs (from various females) - although mostly over 4 months old.

I suggest Wanda, on arrival at reception, looks in our “cheetah sightings book” as to where they were last seen so hopefully will have a better chance at seeing them.

My clues for seeing them are (1) to drive especially early morning (rest camp gate opens 7am) and late evening (rest camp gate closes 6pm) for best chances of sighting and (2) drive slowly - especially if they are laying in the long grass, one can easily zoom past them and miss them!


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 Post subject: Re: Cheetah cubs!
Unread postPosted: Wed Mar 24, 2010 8:53 pm 
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Wow!
Your park should be renamed Cradock Cheetah Park at this rate...

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 Post subject: Re: Cheetah cubs!
Unread postPosted: Wed Mar 24, 2010 9:29 pm 
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We have been twice to MZNP in March with no Cheetah sightings. Going back in 2 weeks time to hopefully see some of these beautiful cats.

We also could not find the buffalo and there are supposed to be about 150 of them.

I guess you have to be in the right place at the right time...

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 Post subject: Re: Cheetah cubs!
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i am also planning a visit in may to find cheetah! have been to KNP 13 times since 1995 AND have not seen cheetah!!!!!!

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 Post subject: Re: Cheetah cubs!
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Many thanks for the reply Dinkybird and Robyn! :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Cheetah cubs!
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Hi Megan

Any update on the MZ cheetahs and cubs? How many cheetahs are collared at the moment? We will be visiting MZNP in a few days time. :dance:

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 Post subject: Re: Cheetah cubs!
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Hi Wanda,
We are currently taking stock of all the cheetah in the Park at moment. There are at least 30 cheetah and we're not sure how many small cubs.
Your best bet for sightings would be to check the new sightings board at reception and speak to the staff / rangers who are around the Park.
Enjoy the visit!

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 Post subject: Re: Cheetah cubs!
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I'll be in mznp from saturday morning 7h00. i will let you knwo in the course of next week what we saw. I can honestly not wait for my 1st visit! :dance:

having not seen a cheetah in the wild since 1995, I really hope i chose the right park!

:pray: :pray: :pray: :pray: :pray:

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