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Re: Cheetah sighitings in Kruger National Park

Unread post by roaneric » Tue Nov 04, 2008 12:39 pm

We were so lucky to see cheetahs twice in May. On the H4-2 just 5 km from Lower Sabie we saw these to guys in the road.


The next day we saw 2 cheetahs on the S39 about 10km from Timbavati

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Re: Cheetah sightings in Kruger National Park

Unread post by sallyanna » Thu Nov 06, 2008 5:09 pm

we visited kruger for the first time in august ans were so lucky with our big cat sightings. on our first day we had leopard, 2 cheetah and lion sightings and the luck continued every day we had amazing big cat sightings but my favourite sighting has to be the watching a cheetah take down an impala and eating as much of it as possible before the vultures overwhelmed him.
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Re: Cheetah

Unread post by Luren » Sun Nov 09, 2008 7:12 pm

Greetings all!

Visited a very popular KZN park that I frequent fairly regularly and had one of my most amazing sights yet!!!!!!
I know its not SANPark but please forgive me!. Just have to share with people who can appreciate such.

Last week Sunday, after a heavy thunderstom decided to drive out as gates open.
As I was driving I looked up at 2 impala rams about 5m from my van. Out of nowhere a cheetah came full speed towards us! Head still and almost in flight!
he chased 1 impala across the road 2m in front of my vehicle. Both animals made no sound, alarm call etc, only the sound of the feet on the ground!
in 2 sec they were already a distance away!
got nearer and by then saw the cheetah(not by any means a large cheetah) grab the nape of the impala's neck. impala was standing. Then the cheetah swung round and grabbed the throat with both front legs on the impala. in a matter of few seconds it was all over, the impala didnt fight much!
I was full of adrenaline to see my first kill- and I was the only one there!
the cheetah sat warily looking around for 15 min then pulled the carcass under cover and fed for only 20min then rested.
It was brilliant. had to share that.
got very shaky footage of the end bit, but will remember it forever!
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Re: Cheetah

Unread post by Richprins » Sat Nov 22, 2008 8:02 pm

This "scan" from CUSTOS, 1988.

The sighting was in 1986, but the article also mentions a second "King" at N'watinungu waterhole, Dr Gus Mills replying that that covered both known "Kings" at that time! (1988)


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Re: Cheetah

Unread post by ingrid60 » Fri Nov 28, 2008 11:46 am

Pic of this beauty was taken in KTP,Oct.08,direction to Grootkolk!


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Re: Cheetah

Unread post by Spotted Cat » Fri Nov 28, 2008 7:35 pm

Taken on the S28 .... Mom and three youngsters



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Re: Cheetah

Unread post by Bush Andy » Fri Dec 05, 2008 9:25 am

Cheetah on S130 near Crocodile Bridge

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Cheetah joins the Endangered List

Unread post by propolis » Mon Dec 08, 2008 1:39 pm

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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Re: Cheetah joins the Endangered List

Unread post by G@mespotter » Mon Dec 08, 2008 10:17 pm

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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Re: Cheetah sightings in Kruger National Park

Unread post by Ahsanulhaq » Wed Dec 10, 2008 8:53 pm

Thanks Roaneric :)

These were the pics i was talking about



I was ecstatic while watching all this live for an hour, 2 hunts

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Re: Cheetah sightings in Kruger National Park

Unread post by SamoesaWoestyn » Tue Dec 16, 2008 5:30 pm

Hi, I am very fortunate to have witnessed this!

Near Tsokwane - July 2008



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Re: Cheetah

Unread post by Nico » Tue Dec 23, 2008 2:54 pm

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

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Re: Cheetah

Unread post by onewithnature » Wed Dec 24, 2008 3:27 am

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!

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Re: Cheetah

Unread post by oddesy » Wed Dec 24, 2008 8:47 am

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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Re: Cheetah

Unread post by Richprins » Mon Dec 29, 2008 8:14 pm

onewithnature wrote: 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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