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Mara Cheetah photos - help the Cheetah Research team

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Not at all and thank you @@nhanq for bringing this up: I'll open a new topic for the Meru cheetahs this afternoon. @@Safaridude and myself had a wonderful sighting last year which will be added to the index. In fact, I'm waiting for Dr. Chelysheva to return the indepth interview I've recently done with her to shine more light on the project and her work.

 

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Mara OM conservancy near Mara Plains

Morning 02/17/2015

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We saw 10 cheetah in one day; will attempt to gather all I have and mail them to the Cheetah team...Unfortunately they all look alike to me, but I did see one very scrawny cheetah attempting to hunt, unsuccessfully.

 

The unsuccesful hunter -

 

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and this cheetah on our way from the Mara Reserve to Mara Plains from the timestamp...

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We also saw Maiikia and her cubs in the Mara reserve; a sucessfull hunt and lots of playtime. I believe my travel companions took notes of names; and perhaps can add to the pics/list.

 

Having only seen one or two cheetah in 2010; and again in 2012; I am not an expert in recognition!

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As going through some pics today I found a rather thin cheetah we saw as we moved from Nkorombo in the Mara over to Mara Plains...if it helps..

All of us felt so bad for this cheetah as it was apparently hungry and not very successful at hunting. We thought of it often the next few days hoping a kill had been successful.

 

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Photographed in Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya, on 21 August, 2014 at 12:24 pm, with a Sony RX1 R camera.

ISO 100, 1/500 sec., f/5, 35mm, handheld Manual exposure.
In an ecology course this would be ‘Female Acinonyx jubatus Nursing Six Cubs’. When I was there I thought to myself, ‘Picnic Lunch in the Shade’.
We were entirely alone with this cheetah family, on the lower side of a gently sloping hill with few distinctive landmarks, although gifted Masai trackers would surely see it differently.
No other vehicles. The safari van had my guide, Anthony, a Chinese graduate student and myself. A light breeze was blowing but it was otherwise silent.
We'd been driving around in search of a raptor I'd spotted when we came upon this savanna crèche.
Anthony shares with me a revulsion at disturbing the domestic life of wildlife, thus maneuvers his van so as to obtain satisfactory photographs with what we hope is minimal disruption.
This 35mm image portrays the peaceful setting more effectively than close-ups with a super telephoto lens.
There were six cubs, which we counted as they crawled around while repositioning themselves. The cub on the mother's head was a kiss-a-holic, bestowing buss after buss on his mama.
Seeing this scene again is such a pleasant memory. Safaris have a way of healing life's bruises. Love how her tail curls around in front of her brood.
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I think that's Malaika, Tom....

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I think that's Malaika, Tom....

 

~ @@madaboutcheetah

 

I apologize for the tardy reply. Somehow I overlooked this thread.

Many thanks for confirming her identity.

I have maybe 200 other images, several of which may be of interest.

Over time, I'll find and post the better ones, mindful that you kindly identified her for me.

With Appreciation,

Tom K.

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Malaika and her two nearly adult cubs, up near Double Cross

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Malaika's daughter was seen near Entim Camp, attempting to hunt Tomis from very long distance and at and after sunset -- uncessfully

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Taken in the dark at ISO 102,400 - she had just failed to catch dinner while it ran away (ISO 72,408).

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