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Re: Cheetahs of the Kgalagadi

Unread post by lion queen » Tue Nov 25, 2014 8:53 am

And then the cheetah also decided this was a long run!!

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Unread post by lion queen » Tue Nov 25, 2014 8:54 am

She turned around and came to the nearest shade to rest.........

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Unread post by Jan van Wyk » Sat Nov 29, 2014 7:43 pm

This one did't get away ......

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Re: Cheetahs of the Kgalagadi

Unread post by Jan van Wyk » Sun Jan 04, 2015 11:45 am

What a sighting Roelf!!! :clap: :clap: :clap:

Great moment captured!!!

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Cheetahs of the Kgalagadi

Unread post by Melda30 » Wed Jan 07, 2015 4:30 am

Roelf that picture is excellent and very cute. I love it.

Mother and cub seen near TR.

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Unread post by lion queen » Thu Jan 22, 2015 8:25 am

Having a drink at the local pub.............

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Unread post by penolva » Mon Jan 26, 2015 12:49 pm

Image by Charliecornwall, on Flickr
Here is one from 28 September 2014
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Unread post by penolva » Mon Jan 26, 2015 2:38 pm

Oh I can post photos now :clap: Here are some more from the same sighting.ImageIMG_4866_edited-1 by Charliecornwall, on FlickrImageIMG_4839 by Charliecornwall, on FlickrImageIMG_4869_edited-1 by Charliecornwall, on Flickr

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Unread post by lion queen » Thu Feb 26, 2015 8:15 am

Choo and Fancy from the Top Cat Gang.

They were calling and chirping a lot. Must have been looking for Bennie...............

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Unread post by Carol g » Thu Mar 05, 2015 12:19 pm

Stunning pics of my favorite cat LQ and RoelfA

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Unread post by lion queen » Mon Mar 16, 2015 9:14 am

We nearly missed this cheetah sighting!! They were laying down flat behind the branches, only when this one lifted his head, we saw them!!

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Unread post by lion queen » Mon Mar 16, 2015 9:19 am

Lets do the twist

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Unread post by lion queen » Mon Mar 16, 2015 9:19 am

And then the walk..........

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Re: Cheetahs of the Kgalagadi

Unread post by Friedrich von Hörsten » Thu Apr 09, 2015 8:23 am

Back from a fascinating photography tour with 12 pupils to the Namib and Kgalagadi deserts. In all my years (59) of wildlife viewing, I have never experienced something like this...
Saw a beautiful female cheetah near Dalkeith waterhole (Mata Mata end of park) eating a male ostrich on Monday 30 March 2015. Early the next morning we came across a mother cheetah with 3 adult (huge) cubs on top of the red sand dunes, about 4 km further west of where the single female had been the previous day -- about 1 km west of the turn off to Dalkeith. They ambushed a herd of springbok that came to within 40m of them, but did not attack??? as they walked, grazed and trotted right under their noses????
At about 16h00 the same day we took the turnoff to Dalkeith again, and found the single female cheetah relaxing next to the road -- this time just off the Auob riverbed. She got up, looked around, and slowly walked west, parallel to the road. We reversed, and I actually gently cut her off to see if she was serious about crossing the riverbed.

Lisette, 2 minutes before she was attacked...
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She was, and ran across the road, heading due south. 
I rapidly made a U-turn and drove the 300m to the main road, made a sharp left turn, and drove east to see if she would cross this main road too. Immediately I noticed cheetah heads peeping out behind the shrubs about 100m from the road. We wondered if this was the mother returning to her huge cubs... but NO, this was the single female... walking into an ambush!
 Before I could stop the vehicle they launched the attack, and she fled for her life, into a very thick patch of scrub, and tried to find shelter under a dead camel thorn tree... for the next 10 minutes there was the most horrific screeching, yelping and bashing about in the bushes. At one time the pupils thought they saw her being grabbed by the throat and pinned to the ground. At least 2 of the cheetahs sprayed the tree trunk with urine while this was going on... Eventually everything became quiet, and 2 cubs walked away... only to sprint back and renew the attack as soon as the single female let out a yelp again. It was horrible, but we could not see what was happening. After another yelp or two, it got very quiet. 
Eventually the 3 cubs flopped down outside the bush.The male had had his right ear mauled badly. Utter silence for at least 30 min. We left, really horrified that our cheetah had suffered such a vicious attack. 
That evening in camp another tourist told us he had seen 3 cheetah lying to one side, and 2 cheetah heads under the bushes...
obviously the single female was still alive then...The next morning there was no sign of the battle, and we found the 4 cheetahs about 3 km further east, just walking into the dunes at Dalkeith waterhole. Tourists said they had been marking the trees very determinedly all around the waterhole.
Obviously a territorial dispute...

Question 1: The single female cheetah is/was? LISETTE. I was under the impression that most of the females in that part of the Auob were descendants of Lizette, and that these daughters lived in harmony with each other and her... SO WHY WOULD THEY ATTACK THEIR MOTHER?

Question 2: Please tell me who this cheetah mom with her 3 cubs is. There was a similar mom with 2 cubs around Kalahari Tented Camp 2 years ago when we did our last tour there...

Question 3: Has ANYONE seen our female cheetah ALIVE in that area since then? My pupils would love to hear that she survived the ordeal! 
Please let me know!



The only pic I could get of the 4 cheetahs, with most likely the mom on the right as she took the lead in everything...
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Thank you and God bless.

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