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Mara cheetahs

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  @AmyT on my first safari in the Serengeti we almost hit a leopard early morning as we were racing to get to the hot air balloon on time.  That leopard just got past us and we were going way too fast for those roads.  It really bothered us and cast a bit of a shadow over that morning.  So what you posted does not surprise me in the least.

 

@Antee I agree with you on this issue.  I have to wonder what the all-stars of conservation of other species (like Goodall, Fossey, Galdikas, etc) would do in the same situation.  I can't imagine any of them would chase off predators if they were monitoring the same sort of situation.  I don't know that the Cheetah Forever folks are conservationists as much as they are renegades.  I also cannot believe that KWS condones this, or are they paid to look the other way?

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For me that is the BIG question. Is this behavior permitted by those with an overview of the Mara Reserve which I assume is the KWS. 

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@wilddog - the governance of the Mara Reserve is in the hands of the Narok County Council who I suppose hands out the permits to the Forever Cheetah crew.  The drivers do have a KWS ranger in the vehicle at all times - though, as I mentioned it's all a rat race and quite dodgy ...... trying to police against tourists (yet dole out off-road permits at random trying to hustle the same tourists) ...... 

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Thanks for the clarification of authorising body @madaboutcheetah . It still makes me wonder what they are and are not authorised to do. 

 

 

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It is with remorse that I have to say this, but Malika, the daughter of Malaika, has passed away. She was also pregnant and miscarried the day before which may have to deteriorate her condition further. Here is what Cheetah Forever is saying about it.

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We are destroyed to announce that Malkia did not survive... This morning Edward found her in the same place as yesterday, she seemed to get better. But early in the afternoon, her state suddenly deteriorated, doubtless owed in an infection after the miscarriage of yesterday. He called again the vet who had a meeting with people of Nairobi and could not come as a matter of urgency... He had said him yesterday that she had at first to eat so that he can intervene. Edward did not never stop asking to rangers if they could bring her to eat. But nobody moved. Then Edward called the vets of the DSWT today, but Malkia died very fast ... Edward did all that he was able to ... But he felt very alone at the bedside of Malkia ... We are so so sad ...
www.cheetahforever.org

 

In nature I believe not intervening is the best solution unless it's a human caused issue. It's not the most popular stance and I am okay with that. While the passing is hard for all who love cheetah, like myself, I do want to think the passing of her and her unborn cubs gives way to another cheetah mom and her cubs to thrive. Even if it is upsetting to think about it.

R.I.P beautiful girl. You were taken too soon.

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aw that is very sad, @Lyss but thank you for letting us know.

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Awww, I saw that on Facebook yesterday. We saw Malkia take down a Thomsons gazelle on our last safari.  She was still a new hunter but she did it.  How sad.

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Well... Malaika is famous but is not very good in spreading her genes.

She have only raised 3 of 28 cubs to adulthood. Now one of them is gone before making her own offspring. 

 

Left is two males. 

 

Her current litter is probably her last chance of being more succesfull. Before she is gone. 

 

 

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5 hours ago, Antee said:

Well... Malaika is famous but is not very good in spreading her genes.

She have only raised 3 of 28 cubs to adulthood. Now one of them is gone before making her own offspring. 

 

Left is two males. 

 

Her current litter is probably her last chance of being more succesfull. Before she is gone. 

 

 

 

Well, the males can make offspring too I think!

But yes, it is a tragic figure. Maybe (probably) her genes really are not good.

 

 

Malkia was the cheetah in the chase photos I posted in my report yesterday, so I am sad to hear this news

 

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Single males ......... not sure how successful they are going to be - come to think of it, I haven't read too much in recent times about Bawa in the Mara cheetah reports ....... He might be away someplace and well, though - maybe Kogatende?

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