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 Post subject: Re: Kgalagadi:Cheetah Information
Unread postPosted: Fri Feb 24, 2012 7:58 pm 
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4 youngs and collared mum, + kill 16.1.2012, 13h50... could be Lisette :dance:

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 Post subject: Re: Kgalagadi:Cheetah Information
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3 ou 4 youngs, collared mum , near 13rd Boorgat, 17.1.2012 9h40... again could be Lisette :dance:
I saw 3 cubs... but think the 4th is un-visible

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 Post subject: Re: Kgalagadi:Cheetah Information
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4 youngs, mum, near 14th, 17.1.2012 17h35

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Image road block :lol: :lol: :lol: much quiet than Ellies :whistle:
mum is on the left side

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 Post subject: Re: Kgalagadi:Cheetah Information
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2 brothers, near Auterlonie, 20.1.2012, 19h15

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 Post subject: Re: Kgalagadi:Cheetah Information
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4 brothers, between Kij Kij and Dikbaardskolk (sorry can't remember the exact place :redface: ), 22.1.2012, 11h50
3 missed a kill, one stay, seems to be injured.
Maybe the same I saw in February 2011, near TR

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Image the targets

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 Post subject: Re: Kgalagadi:Cheetah Information
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Image ready too

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 Post subject: Re: Kgalagadi:Cheetah Information
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Image ... end of the chase

Image the Springbok has had hot

Image back... the tail between the legs

Image no proud and hungry

Image this one who stayed

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 Post subject: Re: Kgalagadi:Cheetah Information
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4 Cheetahs (sleeping) 30.1.2012, between 13rd and 14th, 11h23

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 Post subject: Re: Kgalagadi:Cheetah Information
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Hi RichardJ

Here is Elena for you .... taken at Viertiende Boorgat on 5th Dec last year :D

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 Post subject: Re: Kgalagadi:Cheetah Information
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Back home after a fantastic 12 days in paradise. Everything is so green, with wonderful flowers all across the park. For all the cheetah addicts here are some updates.
On the evening of 20th Feb we followed two young male cheetah's walking north just after the Dalkeith loop heading towards MM. These two are brothers, so i was informed. Here is one of them in evening light about 18.30

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Later in the trip this lone cheetah appeared at Urikarus about 10.30

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I have a lot more pics which i am busy working on. Please feel free to ask about the latest condition of roads animal sightings etc.

Kgalagadi rocks.

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 Post subject: Re: Kgalagadi:Cheetah Information
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Go this reply from Margie and Gus Mills (blue text):




Many thanks for all these wonderful photos of the Kalahari cheetah. This female is indeed Caster. She has 2 brothers Smith and Smit. The three were born north of Nossob camp near Polentswa in Feb 2008. (Their mother is the Marie Draai female that we first saw in 2006 with 4 other biggish cubs.) The 4 (Smith and co) of them slowly moved down the Nossob riverbed and in September 2009 were seem together near Melkvlei, after which time the mother left them (or they left their mother – we are not sure how it works). The 3 siblings then moved up and down the Auob riverbed practising their hunting skills for a whole year before Caster separated from her brothers, probably because she was in oestrus. She gave birth in about April last year and on 23rd January this year she was seen near Kijkij in the Nossob riverbed. Maybe she is going to show her cubs her natal area!?! Unfortunately she now only has 1 cub left – we have no idea what happened to the other one. They certainly move around.

The males that you saw at Sitsas on 29/12/2011 and 14th borehole on 14.10.2011 are Smith and Smit! It will be interesting to find out from our genetic samples whether Smit and Smith have fathered any cubs in the area.

The final female you saw up near Leijersdraai is Polentswa female 1. I only have 1 other photo of her and that was from 2010 when she also had 1 similar sized cub.

We really appreciate your support of this project. We are sadly having to leave the Kalahari next month after 6 years of working on the cheetah, as we now have to write up all the data we have collected. We will be continuing the photographic survey so please send photos if you visit again.

Best wishes

Margie and Gus Mills


So the Cheetah we named the Huntress is Caster

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and sad to hear that on of the "little tigers" is dead

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The males we saw in October 2011 at 14 Borehole are Caster's brothers, Smith and Smit

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The same guys we saw at Sitzas in December 2011

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 Post subject: Re: Kgalagadi:Cheetah Information
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When we spoke to Jannie in October 2011, he said that the collars would be removed eventually.
As far as I gathered from Moose's KTP Journal thread, Lisette had got a collar which was programmed
to fall off at a certain date in late March. So she should be without a collar by now. We'll have to go on the
spots to ID our beloved cheetahs from now on. :wink:

Duke, thanks so much for the incredible info about the cheetahs you saw in KTP!
Will use this as a reference in future, if we get to see some cheetahs in October this year. :mrgreen:

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 Post subject: Re: Tribute to Margie and Gus Mills (KTP Cheetah Project).
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Morning all,

Here is just a little letter from Gus and Margie Mills to you all. There will be a little farewell party for the Mills tonight where the staff of SANParks will say there Good Buy's

Moving On

It’s hard to believe that we have been back in the Kalahari for nearly six years. We have had a marvellous time with many adventures and memorable experiences.
For the first two years or so we employed the services of Bushmen Trackers lead by Buks Kruiper. They were invaluable in helping us to find cheetahs and we certainly learnt a lot with them. After we had managed to radio collar a number of cheetahs and found that it was quite feasible to follow them and observe their behaviour at first hand, we weaned ourselves from the trackers. We have collared and followed the movements of 20 cheetahs, spending nights on end in our roof tent out in the dunes. We have recorded well over 500 kills, identified about 120 individual cheetahs, got DNA from almost as many, and recorded the fates of about 20 litters from birth to independence.

We have now reached the stage where we have to concentrate on trying to interpret and make sense of all these observations. Besides, as much as Gus would like to, we know that we can’t live forever in this beautiful paradise and so we must move on. As from 1 May we will be stationed in Oxford, UK where Gus will be attached to the University’s Wildlife Conservation Research Unit and Margie will be learning about life in a rather different environment, where the nearest shop is more like 2.5 km not 250 km away. We plan to spend about 9 months in the UK and then will return to Nelspruit where we will settle.
One of the highlights of our time in the KTP has been meeting so many visitors along the roads while observing cheetahs. We are most grateful to the significant role many visitors have played in our study by passing on information, and especially for sending us photos that have helped us to monitor the activities of the cheetahs. Please don’t stop sending photos as SANParks are planning on continuing to monitor the four large carnivores and new brochures will be available shortly.

Best wishes
Gus and Margie Mills

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 Post subject: Re: Tribute to Margie and Gus Mills (KTP Cheetah Project).
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As promised, the evening went well and I believe the setting was great, knowing that we would say goodbye to a good friend of the Kalahari.

Here are some pictures.

A scrapbook was done by some of the forumites (CT) as a farewell present form all of us to remember the Mill’s stay in the Kalahari. The book was received with plenty of mixed feelings that of happyness and sadness.

A few words of appreciation for what Gus and Margie did for SANParks and the Kgalagadi.

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Few words from Gus and then the opening.

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The facial expressions said it all how much they appreciate the book.
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Then the last wave goodbye to their friends they have made in the park.
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All at SANParks and Kgalagadi will miss you guys dearly; we wish you all of the best forward.
KG

Thanks to all involved with this book and to Gill (Scouter) for the time in putting page for page together.

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 Post subject: Re: Tribute to Margie and Gus Mills (KTP Cheetah Project).
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It's so lovely to see all the lives Gus and Margie touched, and in such a positive way. Their enthusiasm and passion for what they do is contagious. I also can't wait for a book about their cheetah research, but I reckon we'll have to get in line while they write up the scientific research first! Those of you who met them might be interested in knowing what their daily routine was like. We spent some time with them out in the dunes - an amazing experience - and you can read about it here:

Part 1 - http://roxannereid.weebly.com/1/post/20 ... art-1.html
Part 2 - http://roxannereid.weebly.com/1/post/20 ... art-2.html

The most amazing thing about Gus and Margie was how they never made you feel stupid for asking questions to which the answers must have seemed pretty obvious to them. We're privileged to have had an insight into what they do with such patience and perserverance.


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