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Mara Cheetah photos - help the Cheetah Research team

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#21 ice

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Posted 28 June 2013 - 06:54 PM

isn't it possible to submit the photos via eMail? I have dozens of pictures from half a dozen visits to the Mara, some more than 10 years old - sorry but it's too much work to upload them here pic by pic


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Posted 28 June 2013 - 07:06 PM

Wonderful photos; gave me Mara lust for sure!!!! I think I have some from our 2010 visit to Serian; so will dig them out and TRY again to post them. 

 

 

@Anita, I LOVED the cheetah pic with her arm around her cub...That needs to be framed somewhere! Like here at my house. LOL


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Posted 28 June 2013 - 07:49 PM

Mara Reserve 09/2010
with Serian Camp

Not many Cheetah Sightings
Many "Wildie" Crossings and
LIONS everywhere....

AWESOME ADVENTURE...hope
someone recognizes these
"lovelies"

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Posted 29 June 2013 - 08:03 AM

@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.


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Posted 29 June 2013 - 08:10 AM

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Taken in December 2012 @ Double Cross. This was the male sub-adult - the mother had already crossed


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Posted 29 June 2013 - 08:11 AM

@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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Posted 29 June 2013 - 08:16 AM

@loafer247

 

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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Posted 29 June 2013 - 08:18 AM

@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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Posted 29 June 2013 - 08:20 AM

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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Posted 29 June 2013 - 08:21 AM

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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Posted 29 June 2013 - 08:23 AM

@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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Posted 29 June 2013 - 08:25 AM

@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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Posted 29 June 2013 - 08:28 AM

this is mum and him

 

 

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Posted 29 June 2013 - 08:29 AM

@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.

 

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Posted 29 June 2013 - 08:35 AM

@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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Posted 29 June 2013 - 08:39 AM

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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Posted 29 June 2013 - 10:04 AM

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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Posted 29 June 2013 - 10:26 AM

@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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Posted 29 June 2013 - 12:26 PM

See post number 19, 20 and 21 of my February 2013 trip report to the Mara for cheetah encounters.

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Posted 29 June 2013 - 12:46 PM

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

 

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