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Cheetah

Unread postby Richprins » Mon Jul 23, 2007 7:36 pm

This one just south of the rhino camp on the Voortrekkerpad in 1990.

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Pretoriuskop is REALLY the best spot for cheetah!

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Unread postby bazzlewazzle » Sun Aug 12, 2007 5:02 pm

I saw these 3 beuties on the way from Mpondo dam back to the H-3, we were on our way back to the H-3 that is, they didn't say where they were going or I would have followed.

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Unread postby Perks. » Mon Aug 27, 2007 5:36 pm

Cheetah Locale Turns Up the Goods Again

My folks have just spent a week in KNP, traveling from Tambotie via Satara, to the south.

And the S130/137 intersection delivered again. This is on the way to Duke, from the main CB / LS road.

We saw the three 'brothers' (well, I surmise they are) in the same spot some years ago, and my folks did too. They came around a corner, and the lads were crouching in the road. Ol' man fired off a pic through the windscreen, and then all hell broke loose. Cheetahs running all over the show, dust thrown up, and impala scattering everywhere, into the bush, back across the road, chaos. But no kill.

So there's a hot Perks tip for you. Will check it out again in September!

King Cheetah Query

Been meaning to ask this for months...

Is there such a thing as a king cheetah, presumably a sub-species, or is this solely a genetic aberration, found only in captivity?

Reason I ask is many years ago (10 maybe?), I woke up one morning early, shot out for a drive, took the S128 gravel from LS side towards the Saletjie Road, and being quite dark, and the only pair of eyes in the car, and mostly looking out of the driver's window, nearly flattened* a cheetah. Except he was extremely dark on the back, half the reason I never saw him lying in the road. To this day I ask myself if this was a king, or simply a very old garden variety cheetah?

* I say 'nearly flattened', meaning I got to within ten or fifteen metres before s/he got up in the interest of self-preservation. And I was doing the routine Perks doddle, i.e. very slow speed.
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Unread postby mountainview » Mon Aug 27, 2007 6:54 pm

A genetic aberration not a sub-species. The initial sightings were of wild King Cheetah, which were later bred in captivity from two normal Cheetah. But it was so long ago that I cannot recall where the sightings took place.
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King cheetah

Unread postby Richprins » Tue Aug 28, 2007 7:54 pm

perks and mtv,

The last "king" in the Park was regularly seen around Tshokwane in the '80's.

A few suspect reports before that.

This does, however, mean that the genes are present in Kruger.

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Unread postby bert » Sat Sep 15, 2007 2:45 pm

Two brothers a few km from Numbi gate next to the tar.
August 2007
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Unread postby Gunner » Sat Sep 15, 2007 6:37 pm

the "2 brothers" on the S3 2km from the Doispane road
8 September 2007

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Unread postby ukgolfguy » Mon Oct 08, 2007 10:19 pm

Finally got to post some cheetah pictures, funny thing was i couldn't get them all to stand still together. Hope you enjoy..

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Unread postby Ludwig » Thu Jan 10, 2008 7:09 pm

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It was standing more than four meters above ground.

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The whole story around you can find in my Kruger story.

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Unread postby Nico » Mon Jan 14, 2008 11:20 am

In this littele film you see a Cheetah stalking an Impala that we saw on the S90 between Olifants and Satara.As far as we could see, the Impala was blind on one eye but the Impala got away [for now]. :wink:

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Unread postby Nico » Wed Jan 16, 2008 5:28 pm

In this little video you see two Cheetah's in an old dead tree looking for game. I filmed them on the S28 between Lower Sabie and Croc Bridge. :wink:

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Cheetah on a night-drive?

Unread postby davegrohl » Fri Feb 29, 2008 12:10 pm

Hi,

Has anyone ever seen cheetah on a night drive??

I ask this as i overheard a ranger mention that in all his years (probably 5 or 6), doing night drives in KNP, before moving to Timbavai Pvt, he had never seen cheetah on a night drive.

I know that cheetah are not nocturnal and do their best to keep a low profile after dark (predator time),but it is not impossible to come across a cheetah sleeping/hiding in thick bush on a night drive.
Similarly, has anyone ever come across wild dog on a night drive?
They would be a major tick (for the same reasons as the cheetah) for any night drive!

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Unread postby Jeanus » Fri Feb 29, 2008 12:59 pm

I used to pick up cheetah on night drives relativly often - however (unless I was absolutly certain it was safe for the cheetah) my guests would not have seen it as I move the light away as soon as I have identified what I am looking at. Highlighting cheetah at night leaves them vulnerable to attack by other predators.

So if you have been out with a guide who knows these things it is entirely possible that they have just moved on without saying anything.
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Unread postby Ollie » Fri Feb 29, 2008 4:20 pm

Seen them twice on night drives, once at Lower Sabi on one of the fire breaks, and once on a night drive at Satara. Both were excellent sightings.

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Unread postby Freda » Fri Feb 29, 2008 5:53 pm

About 15 years ago we also saw cheetah on a night drive from Lower Sabie on a fire break road.
The ranger (no names, no pack drill, he is still working in the park :wink:) stopped the vehicle and called the cheetah and it appeared, was amazing 8)


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