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MZNP: Cheetahs

Unread postby DieterK » Tue Jan 29, 2008 9:38 am

Just heard about the cheetah cubs this morning! That's hugely exciting, and I can't wait to go and look for them! Have they been seen regularly? Would also be interesting to get an update on the cheetah research taking place - what is the main prey for the cheetah in the park, and how often do they hunt, for example?
I wish I was in Kruger....
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Unread postby jeffinlondon » Tue Jan 29, 2008 10:43 am

what cheetah cubs?????
Spill the beans......

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Unread postby jeffinlondon » Tue Jan 29, 2008 10:47 am

woops - answered my own question - in MZNP! Sorry!

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Unread postby DieterK » Tue Jan 29, 2008 10:49 am

Hi Jeff! Apparently there's 8 cubs, 4 to each of the 2 females that were released in 2007.
I wish I was in Kruger....

Enjoy your day!

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Unread postby jeffinlondon » Tue Jan 29, 2008 11:08 am

That's great news - here's hoping they all survive.
Never made it to MZNP before, I think it's time!
Thanks Dieter

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Unread postby DuQues » Tue Jan 29, 2008 11:09 am

Have you ever been to the frontpage of the site? :?

Have a read here, I think Megan has answered (almost) all your questions, the rest are probably answered in the cheetah topic. :wink:
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Unread postby Addo Elephant » Tue Jan 29, 2008 1:10 pm

Have they been seen regularly? Would also be interesting to get an update on the cheetah research taking place - what is the main prey for the cheetah in the park, and how often do they hunt, for example?


Hi Dieter,
The cubs have not been seen by tourists yet as they are still quite young so the mothers do not move very much and concentrate on protecting their cubs in secluded areas. Once they are a little bit older, they'll start to move around much more and sightings will become more frequent. The best chance of seeing them is on the Kranskop Loop in the Park. Park rangers have been keeping an eye on them by tracking the mothers who have radio collars.

The most favoured prey of the cheetah in the Park is mountain reedbuck, followed by springbok. Cheetah usually hunt every 3-4 days and consume most of their kill in one feeding session.
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Unread postby DP » Fri Feb 01, 2008 2:26 pm

We are going to MZNP tomorrow, hopefully we will find the cubs.
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Unread postby DuQues » Fri Feb 01, 2008 2:35 pm

Maybe chat up one of the rangers or other staff? They are bound to know the whereabouts of both litters...
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Unread postby DP » Fri Feb 01, 2008 2:40 pm

Definitely will give it a try, and will hopefully have some good news on Monday.
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Unread postby christo » Sun Feb 03, 2008 10:35 pm

Hope you've seen them.

I personally cannot wait for the brownies to be introduced next year. They are may favourite predators.
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Unread postby naomi c » Thu Apr 03, 2008 12:04 pm

These cubs were mentioned in this month's issue of the outdoor magazine I am subscribed to and I was wondering how they are doing.

Any information anyone? Are both sets of cubs doing well?

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Unread postby Addo Elephant » Fri Apr 04, 2008 8:52 am

yes, naomi, all the cubs are still doing well. One of the sets of cubs was seen with their mother by tourists a few weeks ago - the first tourist sighting of which we know! The sighting was near the Weltevrede picnic site where they were crossing a road.
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Unread postby naomi c » Fri Apr 04, 2008 9:35 am

Thanx Megan!

So glad to hear that. Any new photographs of the little ones?

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Cheetah cubs sighted

Unread postby Jo » Thu Apr 17, 2008 7:42 pm

Hi all

My folks were in MZNP yesturday and saw one set of the cheetah cubs. Their mom had killed an adolescent kudu female (according to the rangers that were also present). My folks could only see 2 of the cubs as they were quite far away, but the rangers said that all 4 were there and confirmed that the other 4 cubs were also doing well! :clap:


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