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Mara cheetahs news updates

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#1 bettel

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Posted 02 October 2015 - 11:35 AM

There was a suggestion to have a topic with updates on Mara cheetahs. I think it is a great idea as there are a lot of places where updates are posted (or maybe somebody just recently traveled and knows first hand information) so it will be nice to have them in one topic. At least I love to know who to look for on safaris ;) 

 

I will start with quite sad news. It was posted on Olare Motorogi Conservancy page: https://www.facebook...55217/timeline/

 

Some very sad news- We report the passing of one of the most known characters of the central Mara. Yesterday one of the very well known cheetah brothers known as the Olololo boys was reported to have died on the conservancy. These two males have been around for very many years and may be responsible for siring many of the recent offspring in the area. The cause of death was reported as a possible cat flu, the research team and vets have done what they can in the past few days, the other brother seems to be recovering.

 

 


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Posted 02 October 2015 - 12:14 PM

I am also coping @loafer247 post here

 

 

 I'd try and clarify the cheetah picture in the Mara at the moment (based on talking to Elena and the guides). These are the females with cubs at the moment:

 

Imani (currently near Rekero) - 4 cubs

Malaika (currently near Lookout) - 4 cubs

Miale - 2 cubs

Nora / Nolari (same cheetah) - 3 cubs

Rani / Musiara (same cheetah), currently at Olkiombo - 3 cubs

Rosa - 2 cubs I think

Kakenya (currently in Mara Triangle) - 4 cubs

 



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Posted 02 October 2015 - 09:56 PM

Good idea for a topic - even though it starts with sad news.  We have seen the Oloololo boys in June, here is a video if anyone is interested.  

 

 


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Posted 26 November 2015 - 04:55 PM

There is a very sad news today from Mara Meru Cheetah project :(

 

https://www.facebook...lenaChelysheva/

 

"Sad news - Talek river has taken one more life of Malaika's cubs. Today around 4 pm when the family was crossing the full flowing river, one cub was attacked, killed and later eaten by a crocodile."


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Posted 26 November 2015 - 11:46 PM

OMG -

www.facebook.com/madaboutcheetah

Botswana in my blood .......


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Posted 27 November 2015 - 12:40 PM

@madaboutcheetah I just posted on your TR as well. Really upset that she lost another cub. She was doing and still is doing well.

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Posted 29 November 2015 - 12:58 AM

~ @bettel

 

Thank you for sharing this sad news with us.

 

Having photographed her cubs when newborns, this hurts.

 

Growing up as a cheetah is a tough course.

 

Tom K.



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Posted 17 December 2015 - 05:42 PM

Mara Meru Cheetah Project posted on Facebook yesterday that Imani (Amani's daughter) has three visible wounds on her, one is sizeable (and reminiscent of Siena's with all sorts of anatomy showing) from the photos in her lower flank reaching to the top of her hip..  She's still successfully hunting Tommies the last few days and feeding her four cubs though.  They say she's approaching the Tommies through dense grass and attacking with a short strike rather than running long distances like she might.  Mara rangers are watching her as well as local guides and they are taking measures to ensure she's not disturbed.  No word on veterinary intervention.


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Posted 17 December 2015 - 07:19 PM

Why would they intervene with a vet?



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Posted 18 December 2015 - 02:37 AM

Well, their pattern lately has been to treat injuries like this...


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Posted 18 December 2015 - 07:46 AM

I thought that intervention only occurred when the animal was injured due to human behavior eg. Snares, poisoning, road injuries etc.

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Posted 18 December 2015 - 12:14 PM

I know two cases when they allow vet intervention:

 

1) when an injury happened due to  humans

2) if an animal is endangered.

 

Cheetahs are considered to be vulnerable and in some areas endangered so they are pretty often helped by vets if possible.


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Posted 22 December 2015 - 04:08 PM

Mara Meru Cheetah Project (on Facebook) reported that Imani lost one female cub to lions yesterday.  However, they report her wounds are healing, and said that the cubs have been licking them clean, which is apparently good (for the wounds).  Interesting.


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Posted 22 December 2015 - 04:46 PM

Sad about her cub.

 

Saliva is apparently a great wound healer.  Not sure if it has some magic ingredient. 

 

Domestic cats and dogs lick wounds instinctively too.

 

In fact lots of humans lick a scratch/cut when it first occurs and then of course start to rely on manufactured antiseptics


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Posted 22 December 2015 - 05:06 PM

Saliva is apparently a great wound healer.  Not sure if it has some magic ingredient. 

 

In fact lots of humans lick a scratch/cut when it first occurs and then of course start to rely on manufactured antiseptics

 

~ @wilddog

 

I'm numbered among those who do so.

 

A lifelong habit.

 

To date, no ill effects.

 

Lately I've rubbed a spot of honey on wounds...i.e. after having licked them.

 

Tom K.



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Posted 22 December 2015 - 07:24 PM


~ @wilddog

 

I'm numbered among those who do so.

 

A lifelong habit.

 

To date, no ill effects.

 

Lately I've rubbed a spot of honey on wounds...i.e. after having licked them.

 

Tom K.

 

 

I've seen a lot of posts online lately about medicinal honey being used on some of the wounds rangers are finding on the wildlife, particularly rhinos.  This was the first I'd heard of it as a healing treatment!  Honey and green clay which Sheldricks Wildife Trust uses a lot on snared elephants.


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Posted 22 December 2015 - 07:33 PM

I've seen a lot of posts online lately about medicinal honey being used on some of the wounds rangers are finding on the wildlife, particularly rhinos.  This was the first I'd heard of it as a healing treatment!  Honey and green clay which Sheldricks Wildife Trust uses a lot on snared elephants.

 

~ @amybatt

 

I'm certainly no board certified clinician.

 

Nevertheless, if you'll give me leave to do so, I'll whisper: “It works, it works, it works!

 

Not much needed...just a dab.

 

For me, has stopped infection, reduced inflammation, staunched minor bleeding.

 

Having written that, I recognize that reliable medical advice is best received from qualified physicians.

 

Tom K., Friend of Honeybees


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Posted 23 December 2015 - 02:47 PM

I think I would keep licking it after putting honey on!  :D


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Posted 12 January 2016 - 07:55 AM

Cheetah Chat: November - December 2015.  Newsletter from Femke Broekhuis of the Mara Cheetah Project

See attached.Attached File  MCP_Cheetah Update 15_November-December 2015.pdf   589.83KB   75 downloads


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Posted 20 January 2016 - 02:01 AM

I am wondering if somebody heard how are things with Amani (@loafer247, please, please :) )? I believe I saw Mara cheetah project update that she was very pregnant in Sep-Oct but I have not seen anything for her since then.







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