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 Post subject: Re: Cheetah
Unread postPosted: Fri Dec 05, 2008 9:25 am 
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 Post subject: Cheetah joins the Endangered List
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Cheetah joins the Endangered List

Reading this in the media today the Cheetah has joined the Endangered Species List.

Seen them in the KNP and the KTP, it is a fantastic predator.

Is this the time we do take action and assist the wild cheetahs in nature, especially mums with cubs.

Is there a solution? How can we help?

There are only about 10,000 cheetahs in the world today and this worries me.

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 Post subject: Re: Cheetah joins the Endangered List
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Hi propolis...

Indeed, it's a matter of time before the majority of our animal kingdom will be on that list.... However, I'm just happy there are loads of other nature lovers who care about them so much that they do everything in their ability to KEEP them on that list, before they dissappear forever!

Actually I'm amazed that they're only on the list now??..... It's good to know that with the proper resources and motivation, area's like Kruger in which wildlife was almost extinct, is resurrected to such a trendsetting Park.

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 Post subject: Re: Cheetah
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The two Cheetah brothers from Babalala on the move. :wink:

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 Post subject: Re: Cheetah
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The first 17 trips to Kruger I saw cheetah an amazing 16 times. In the next 19 trips, only another 5 times!! Now it doesn't take a great statistician to figure that something has happened in recent years regarding the numbers of available cheetahs to be seen in Kruger! If anything, I have progressively travelled slower, more attentively, and in their more favoured areas, but my observations have declined dramatically.

Regardless of what others say, I know inexorably that cheetah numbers have seriously fallen in the past decade in Kruger. As have lion numbers, incidentally (the days when almost every second day yielded a lion sighting has now entered the history books!) Of course, luck will help occasionally, but statistics become more accurate the more times one visits the park; hence my deductions regarding recent Kruger visits. I once saw cheetah 4 times in one trip - now, once per trip is a huge bonus!

What do all ye experienced bush veterans have to say about this?

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 Post subject: Re: Cheetah
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I dont know if its that the numbers have fallen so drastically or not, but i think that cheetah especially are very shy and tend to not come near tourist roads if it can be helped. With lion i cant agree, in berg-en-dal and satara in april we saw lion 21 times over two weeks and now in December much of the same :D

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 Post subject: Re: Cheetah
Unread postPosted: Mon Dec 29, 2008 8:14 pm 
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it doesn't take a great statistician to figure that something has happened in recent years regarding the numbers of available cheetahs to be seen in Kruger!


Hello, onewithnature!

I wouldn't be too worried! :P

Cheetah have always been a very rare sighting, and perhaps your earlier spottings were in preferred cheetah areas, combined with luck!?

In my experience they are not shy of tourist roads at all!


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 Post subject: Re: Cheetah
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Thanks, Richprins; perhaps you're right and I'm being a little paranoid! I just found it strange how huge the discrepancy between the first half of my sightings and the second. However, looking a little deeper, I was also so confident in the past of seeing a cheetah every trip (and that almost happened anyway!) that, perhaps, it was the self-fulfilling prophesy in action. Which means I will do a little experiment and re-establish my supreme optimism regarding cheetah sightings in Kruger, seeing if this will increase overall statistics! I'll keep you all informed ...

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 Post subject: Re: Cheetah
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yes this cheetah liked us very much :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
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 Post subject: Re: Cheetah
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arent cheetah cubs awsome :dance:
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 Post subject: Re: Cheetah
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On the H4-2 between the Vurhami bridge and the turn-off to the Gezantfombi dam,on 5 Jan.

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 Post subject: Interesting information on how male cheetah trigger ovulatio
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 Post subject: Re: Interesting information on how male cheetah trigger ovulatio
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Thanks Penny great info, i really didn't know that :mrgreen:
Also a great read :D

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 Post subject: Re: Interesting information on how male cheetah trigger ovulatio
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Fascinating info, thanks Penny. :D

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 Post subject: Re: Cheetah on a night-drive?
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Seen Cheetah a few times at night - their eyes shine the most beautiful blue! Crazy!
Anyway due to a no after dark viewing policy I dont stick around even if I have guests which go crazy - usually they understand though!

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