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Unread postby Elsa » Thu Aug 10, 2006 7:55 pm

Just watched the most fascinating programme this afternoon on the Satellite channel called "Cheetahs, the Deadly Race"
It was filmed in the Kgalagadi in 2002 and showed amazing footage of a family of Cheetahs' life of survival, hardships and triumphs in the harsh conditions of the semi desert.
Fantstic footage of Gemsboks, Springboks and others and of course of the terrain.
Just makes me want to go to this wonderful reserve more and more. :D
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Unread postby bwana » Thu Aug 10, 2006 9:49 pm

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Unread postby bwana » Fri Aug 11, 2006 8:40 am

Thanks Matthew. Just to point out - this is not a pregnant female but a male who looks like he has a whole wildebeest in there! He was so full he could hardly move and would stop frequently just to lie down and catch his breath. He must have just fininshed eating when we saw him.
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Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Tue Aug 15, 2006 3:44 pm

Bwana :lol: :lol:
I think I might know the feeling.
What a great shot.
I got my wish to see cheetah this last trip.
I saw seven cheetah on the road between Numbi and Skukuza.
It was a mother with six sub adults. I spoke to a ranger a couple of days later and he said that they were well known. Everyone was very excited at the birth and even happier when every cub survived.
All I can say is that getting close up to the mother, what a magnificent animal.
I saw my second sighting near Afsaal the next day. Apparently one of the three brothers.
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Unread postby Oumie » Mon Aug 21, 2006 9:10 am

Saw these guys on 14/6/06 on the S29 walking towards the H10 :D
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King Cheetah

Unread postby Wildman » Tue Aug 22, 2006 11:46 am

Are there any latest facts and figures or estimates as to the current number or frequency of sightings of the mystic KING cheetah in the KNP?
I have only seen one in captivity…

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Re: King Cheetah

Unread postby Peter Betts » Wed Aug 23, 2006 7:58 pm

Hi Wildman,,

The last record I know of a King Cheetah was on the Kingfisherspruit section around where the current Talamati camp is now..... probably the one that used to cruise around neighbouring Manyanleti South of Orpen??? Never seen him or any King Cheetah Ever.... let me know if you do.
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Unread postby bucky » Thu Aug 24, 2006 3:30 pm

I think wild about cats was refering to the king cheetah loams .

As for them being extinct , the king cheetah is meerly due to a recesive gene found in cheetas , and the right combo of parents brings it out , thats all it is , a different spot pattern , not a seperate species at all .
They actually breed them at de widlt , by matching the correct parents up .

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King or not King, but who's seen'em?

Unread postby Wildman » Sat Aug 26, 2006 12:57 pm

I guess my question's not if the King cheetah is a different species to the cheetah; definitely not; they are the same (like a white lion is a lion) My curiosity is, has anyone seen this variant in the KNP?

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Unread postby Johann » Thu Nov 16, 2006 4:51 pm

Not more than 6, no.
BUT we did see a mother and her 6 cubs. This was in February 2006 on the S65 near the N'waswitshaka waterhole. Francoisd also saw them.

Here's some of the pics I took.

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2006 sightings

Unread postby ngwenya » Tue Jan 09, 2007 5:57 pm

Two of our sightings
One near duke in June 2006 and the other just outside crocodile gate in December 2006.
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Unread postby Gunner » Wed Jan 10, 2007 8:00 am

Great pics Ngwenya :D
i have spotted cheetah twice, on the Tshokwane road pass Nkumbe towards Skukuza & the H10
both sightings around mid-day...
like everyone says, "just the right place @ the right time" & abit of luck :wink:

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Unread postby Richardt » Wed Jan 10, 2007 8:21 pm

Hi Freda
Do you think we have seen the same one.
I have been lucky there twice and a morning trip driver said there is a male around this area ( that was March 06)
Look at him marking this road sign.

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Unread postby Freda » Wed Jan 10, 2007 8:36 pm

Richardt, would be great if it was the same one :)
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Also found it in the burnt veld opposite the road sign about 6 months later :)
Will try and find him again in 3 weeks time :wink:

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Unread postby Richardt » Wed Jan 10, 2007 9:05 pm

Hi Freda
Call it operation cheetah
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(same area different day)
Unfortunately we will be in Satara from 30 Sept(See Y R in Kruger)
This will need 2 trip reports :shock:
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