Currently Browsing: Cheetah Updates

Cheetah update – 28 November 2012

Cheetah update – 28 November 2012
After some well-deserved rain Mashatu is already covered in a shimmer of green new growth. The Mopane trees are a vivid green, a beautiful contrast against the dark brown soil. With the rain also comes cooler weather and predators are active for longer periods during the day. On a recent Predator Drive the family of six was successfully tracked down. They had just made a kill but unfortunately for them they chose to hunt in an area favoured by spotted hyena and their kill was quickly snatched away. We had the privilege of watching them for the rest of the morning, the young sub adults testing our...
read more

Cheetah update – 12 November 2012

Cheetah update – 12 November 2012
Cheetahs have made an appearance once again! The family of six has been sighted on a few different occasions. Yesterday evening, while on a predator drive, guests were privileged to see them take down an impala ram. The hunt was watched from the start with the cheetah spotting the impala, stalking it, chasing it and finally taking it down. The cubs that are now over a year old are more than capable of hunting by themselves. Their mom can finally take a bit of a back seat while watching her cubs refine their hunting skills. They quickly ate to their fill and did so just in time, as shortly thereafter a...
read more

The Northern Tuli Cheetah Project

The Northern Tuli Cheetah Project
Overview The Northern Tuli Cheetah Project was initiated at the begininning of this year (2012). The purpose of the research is to gather information on the population status of the cheetahs of the Northern Tuli Game Reserve, and to identify threats, particularly anthropogenic conflict outside of the reserve, to ascertain whether or not cheetahs contribute substantially to livestock loss and helping reduce and mitigate the human-predator conflict. Background to the study The current status and distribution of the cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus) population in the Northern Tuli Game Reserve (NOTUGRE) is...
read more

Cheetah update – 3 September 2012

Cheetah update – 3 September 2012
The first cheetah in The Northern Tuli Game Reserve has been collared! The cheetah is a mother with five sub-adult cubs that are about one year old. The family was spotted resting in the shade of a shepherd tree in an open plain; we couldn’t have asked for a better situation. When the mother was darted she ran off a short distance, and her cubs, completely oblivious to the darting, followed her and lay next to her. Once the anaesthetic had taken effect, we quickly moved in. The collar was fitted and measurements and blood samples were taken, whilst her cubs observed from a distance. She was in good...
read more

Cheetah update – 19 August 2012

Cheetah update – 19 August 2012
Although cheetah sightings have not been as prolific as we have had in the past, we have had our first cheetah photographs on camera trap! Cheetahs are particularly difficult to capture on camera traps as, unlike other large cats, they do not tend to use animal paths. The two cheetahs photographed, a mother and her young sub-adult female, are much more shy than the other resident cheetahs, and only a few people have had a chance to view them at a distance. From the photo we can see that she was injured on her right hip. The injury may have resulted from a narrow escape from a superior predator such as...
read more

« Previous Entries