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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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