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Re: Cheetah

Unread postby Nannie » Sun Jan 11, 2009 9:29 am

On the H4-2 between the Vurhami bridge and the turn-off to the Gezantfombi dam,on 5 Jan.

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Interesting information on how male cheetah trigger ovulatio

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Re: Interesting information on how male cheetah trigger ovulatio

Unread postby Mike1916 » Mon Jan 12, 2009 7:11 am

Thanks Penny great info, i really didn't know that :mrgreen:
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Re: Cheetah on a night-drive?

Unread postby o-dog » Sun Jan 25, 2009 12:20 am

Seen Cheetah a few times at night - their eyes shine the most beautiful blue! Crazy!
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Re: Cheetah

Unread postby lastpride » Sat Mar 07, 2009 5:59 pm

We saw these two on an Impala kill on a Sunset drive from Tamboti 2 weeks ago

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Re: Cheetah

Unread postby annaschu » Sun Mar 08, 2009 12:19 am

okey dokey, have read instructions, signed up to Yahoo, signed up to flickr, uploaded some pics... here we go:


btw, these are lo-res pics, the high res ones are going off to ewt's census!
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Re: Cheetah

Unread postby Mant » Tue Mar 24, 2009 10:48 am


We saw these two cheetah on the H7 outside Tamboti on our Sunset Drive.






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Re: Cheetah

Unread postby Aat » Sat Mar 28, 2009 4:24 pm

Hi all,
For the ones who are interested, I just added some pages with pictures of Cheetah's to my website , based on my last trip to KNP in febr-march 2009.
All together we have seen 15 cheetah's , some sightings were at large distance but also some sightings very close-by, including a cheetah who decided to jump into a tree at 15 meter distance and another sighting with 5 cheetah's (mother and 4 almost adults) ... hope you like the pics.

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Re: Kruger animals in action!

Unread postby sallyanna » Fri Apr 10, 2009 4:44 am

I cant remember exactly what road this was on without looking at my map to refresh my memory but we were about 20km from afsaal.
we came accross a clearing and amazingly caught this Cheetah begin to chase this Impala, we drove along the road frantically trying to get the camera lens off and keep track of where the chase was heading, I dont think ive ever had such a rush of adrenilin :big_eyes:

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Re: Cheetah

Unread postby Yat » Fri Apr 10, 2009 10:51 pm


Pic of the mother cheetah. will upload pics of the cubs ASAP. Still being seen almost daily nearby CB gate area.
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Re: Cheetah

Unread postby onewithnature » Sun Apr 12, 2009 3:14 am

Saw awesome lone cheetah sighting on S3 on exposed rock dome last week. At least 40 mins of blissful watching as cheetah roamed back and forth - once clawing and spraying a tree nearby - on the rock, vigilant as he repeatedly took a bite out of well-hidden prey in a declivity in the rock. Clever behaviour indeed because he could see potential threats from all directions, yet the prey was hidden from the sight of all but birds. One of the longest cheetah sightings I've ever had, and clear for good photography as the surrounding bush is generally very thick this time of the year in that area. At least the cars behaved themselves.

(Would love to post pics, but I don't yet have the facilities. Can anyone help? I live in Jo'burg.)

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Re: Cheetah misconceptions

Unread postby big5spotter » Sat Apr 25, 2009 10:00 pm

I think cheetahs are also well camouflaged in thickets just like leopards,so they may also be able to stalk there prey up to 20m or so and with a quick burst catch there prey before it can really get a move on.And I heard that a cheetah can go from 0-100km in 2 sec(heard on tv) thats faster than a formula 1 car.So before there prey can escape in the thicker bush they catch it.And they may catch there prey in the open and drag it into cover before any other predator sees then.

Has anyone ever spotted the 'KING' cheetah in Kruger before?
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Re: Cheetah

Unread postby Skopsie » Wed May 20, 2009 9:38 pm

We saw these two on May 3rd between the Orpen entrance gate and the "outside boom gate". I think they are the same two mant/Joekin/Lastpride saw close to Tambotie.


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Re: Cheetah

Unread postby Wimpie » Sat May 30, 2009 4:30 pm

onewithnature wrote:So, what you're really saying is that, if we don't educate people outside of reserves to look after the existing cheetahs, genetic diversity and cheetah populations will continue to fall, right? But, in reserves, we should be fine? So, the cheetah will still be around for a long while, hopefully. :pray:

Very important for everyone to educate the world about cheetah!!! They are indeed threatened by extintion,currently classified as vulnerable on the CITES Red Data List! They do have a bottleneck in their DNA,but through programs like the De Wildt Cheetah and Wildlife Trust' Wild Cheetah Program their is an attempt to widen the generic field!!!
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Re: Cheetah

Unread postby bazzlewazzle » Sun Jun 07, 2009 7:03 pm

Great Photos everybody, I've been really lucky with Cheetah, seeing them almost every time i've been to Kruger. Last year June I was lucky enough to see a kill, my first kill of any kind in KNP, especially lucky for it to be cheetah though.

Below are the photos from start to finish. When we arrived the cheetah were lying low in the grass out of sight but somebody told us they were there so decided to wait and it was probably about 45 mins before they got up and started to walk diagonally towards us, getting closer all the time.

They would hop up on anthills as they went and were clearly focused on something although we couldn't see what it was yet.

They crossed the road in front of us but only the leading one of the three seemed really interested and the other two kind of lagged behind.

The one in front started to jog and then suddenly just took off!!! :big_eyes:

The first warthog you see in the photos is not actually the one he is chasing and only after he disappeared and reappeared behind that bush can you see his target and how close he was to it.

It was all over so fast and the other two brothers jogged in for an easy meal. It was amazing to see how quickly it all happened and how quickly they wolfed down the food.

A jackal appeared on the scene and one of the cats chased him up to the road again and you can see how fat he is, then as quickly as it all happened they disappeared for good!

The sighting of my life so far!! thank goodness I had my camera ready :cam:




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