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Mara Cheetah photos - help the Cheetah Research team

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@@Anita - your photos are stunning!! I love the one with the cheetah and the wildebeest.

 

P.S I just heard from the guides in the Mara that the Migration has officially started. The first crossing happened this morning at Purrungat Bridge

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the same male sub-adult in October 2012? - have provided the same right back thigh view - I think if you trace from the 2 larger black spot on the upper thigh, can see a pattern?

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@@Anita - could very well be. Where did you see them?

 

p.s. I showed your photos to my grand-mother literally a minute ago and even she was gob-smacked.

 

It's amazing to see how Bawa has grown

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Some more of this male sub-adult ( now he has been independent for the last 3-4 months) - two different guides told me 2 different names for the Mum but they ranged from MNC through OOC, Double crossing, rhino ridge etc through the last year.

 

 

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Where did you see them?

 

mostly around the double crossing area mum and him - this was the duo I spent max time with so will get on more id of his as he has just been independent recently.

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@@Anita - looks like it's the same sub-adult. I just compared your pics of his mum with mine. There is a young male sub-adult in OOC right now so it may well be him. Will ask the Cheetah Researcher.

 

P.S Not sure if you are familiar with Honey's Boys. They were a coalition of 3 male cheetahs. One was killed late 2011, and a second was killed by a lioness in Mid-April. So now only one is left !

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@@loafer247 yes am familiar though I am one of those unlucky ones who saw them finally when only 2 were left...I have just had 1 Mara trip for 15 nights but had a lot of cheetah viewing so will keep adding up. I think Mara desperately needs this cheetah research - there are quite a few I was following last year, who seem to have vanished!!!

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this is mum and him

 

 

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@@Anita - that's the nature of Mara cheetahs. They roam ridiculously vast ranges as I've mentioned previously. But you're right, a lot of sub-adults seem to vanish off the radar once they leave their mum.

 

When are you next in Kenya? I live in Nairobi - would love to meet with you when you're next down.

 

Dhruv

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@@loafer247 I will be there end Feb 2014 but not going to Mara. Infact have 2 trips now finalised for next year and the 2nd one is 23 nights in Kenya but again no Mara- will spend 4 nights in Meru in the Oct one though. Would love to meet up!

 

I understand the ridiculous ranges, but there are too many that are out of count -In July' 11 a female cheetah killed by lions in Naboisho had 4 in her litter that survived to adulthood (aided by KWS team)- 3 males and 1 female, then Shingos litter of 6 that survived to adulthood - now these guys are seeing a young coalition of 3 and calling it Shingo's ( she was vastly more popular), but it could be either 1.

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btw @@loafer247 I saw your friends -Aashit and Atish? at the Mara Intrepids lounge in that Oct trip- think it was 31st Oct or 1st Nov- I had gone there to get something from the shop and they were sitting there and I think my guide recognised their vehicle as well.

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Here are some Mara cheetahs from 2005 on our first safari-based holiday when we stayed at the Mara Intrepids camp for 2 nights and saw 6 cheetahs on 3 drives including a hunt from start to finish.

 

On the 19th September 2005 we came across this female surrounded by 6 cars

 

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She was resting after an unsuccessful hunt so we left after a few photos to see some lions who were resting even harder. On the way back to camp we came across a second female walking parallel to a herd of Thompson gazelles she suddenly turned and raced in the opposite direction before swerving towards the back of the herd where a fawn had fallen behind. In this photo she is still recovering

 

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On the 20th September 2005 on the morning drive we went looking for leopards along the Talek river but only found BBC Big Cat Diary spotters who told us they hadn't seen any of their target animals for several days. We then drove off to some higher ground where we found a third female cheetah who was tracking a wildebeest herd

 

 

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She abandoned the hunt and came over to the group of cars watching and climbed onto the warm bonnet of one of the cars for a snooze after a look around from the vantage point. Our driver said this was Kike.

 

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The afternoon drive was a bit quiet until we came across this male coalition (no idea which or where)

 

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@@graceland, @@ice, @@Anita, @@PT123, thank you all very much for your contributions so far. I'll make sure you get feedback on the cheetah ID's.

 

ICE - her contact details are as follows:

 

Dr. Elena V. Chelysheva (PhD)

Principal Investigator

Mara-Meru Cheetah Project

e-mail: cheetah9@mail.ru

chelysheva.elena@gmail.com

website:www.marameru.org/en

Tel (Kenya): +254 771 774 308

 

Your contributions will be very important as she is in particular looking for older photos.

 

 

thanks for that, it will take me some time but I will surely get back to her

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Mara North end of June, 2010, mother and cub hunt:

 

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Masai Mara, Burrangat Plains, two males, Late Jun , 2010:

 

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Thanks for your help with this worthwile task loafer. It's sort of like "show us your cheetah pictures" but with a mission in mind. I'll be adding some images soon.

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Quality may be lacking. From slide to print to scan.

 

2001, northern Mara

 

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same mother and cubs as above

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2000, central Male

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same male

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2010 Talek 3 brothers

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2010 Mara triangle

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Best wishes with your research.

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Was just reading GPC's May newsletter and the mum and subadult, I had posted, is probably a female cheetah called Nosim.

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@@Anita - That was my suspicion too. I wonder which female she is on the database.

 

Thanks to all for sending photos so far. I'm sure there are more contributions to come.

 

Dhruv

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This was near Poachers Lookout Hill... :)

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I spotted these beautiful cats near Fig tree lodge... I hope they will help with the research

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Near the Kichwa Tembo airstrip Jan 2013

 

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Thanks all for the photos. I'm meeting Dr Elena in the Mara on 18th August so will show her all of these photos. If anyone has any questions you would like me to ask her then please feel free to message them to me.

 

Good news for any Mara cheetah fans is that with the migration in full swing, a lot of the cheetahs have returned to the Mara - my guide from Intrepids saw Malaika and cub, Amani and 3 cubs and two other unidentified females yesterday.

 

Dhruv

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Dear All,

 

A few have you have requested Dr. Elenas email address for you to send her some images directly.

 

It is cheetah9@mail.ru

 

Good news from the Mara is that the migrations is back!! Yes it's late November and the wildebeest are back due to the rains in the Mara which is providing them with plenty of fresh grass.

 

The Mara cheetahs are benefiting from this unexpected surprise. Amani has two new cubs, and there are 3 or 4 other females with fairly young cubs.

 

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