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Mara cheetahs

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@@bettel, I hope you hear before you go! My favorite pic of Amani and Imani (my Porini safari Feb 2014) is this:

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It's a good time to be in Olare Motorogi, I think, with Imani about with her cubs, 6 new lion cubs near the Richard Branson camp and Fig the leopard with her one cub always near Lion Camp. That's just the ones I know about, who knows what else is there! Can't wait to hear back after your trip!
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Wow, I did not know that Imani is so young! Is Hodari Imani's brother? She is very successful for such a young mom (knock on wood!)

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Imani was the only cub left when I was there in 2014. What is remarkable, though, is that Imani's current litter is one of her first (if not the first?) and she still has a few left. I think her mom taught her well!

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Editing to add, Amani's previous litter was two males and a female, who I saw on two trips into the Reserve, but they were unnamed at the time. They were still together Feb 2014, but the female split off right after I got home. Maybe Hodari is one of those males?

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Are you sure it was Amani with Imani? I have just read the Mara cheetah update from 2014 it says (http://www.maracheetahs.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/MCP_Cheetah-update_7_July-August-2014.pdf):

 

"Amani’s two boys split from their sister Imani in March 2014. After they separated the two boys were seen together but recently one of Amani’s males has been seen by himself. We have no idea what has happened to his brother. Amani’s boy is however doing fine and has been seen taking down full grown topi! As a result the guides have decided to name him ‘Hodari’ which means ‘Çhampion’ in KiSwahili."

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Talking about cheetahs, did somebody use Mara Cheetah project application Spot-a-Cat to help them with cheetahs monitoring?

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Amani's previous litter had 3 cubs - 2 males and a female. They split from Amani in March 2014. The female - Imani, went her separate ways and the two males stayed together.

 

Imani had a litter of cubs at the end of 2014 up on Rhino Ridge but they didn't make it. This is her second litter and she has done remarkably well to keep 3 to their current age.

 

Her two brothers went off to explore the Mara and reached the Olololoo Escarpment. No one quite know what happened to one of them, but the other returned to the central mara on his own and the guides named him Hodari. He can be found anywhere from Naboisho to Ol Kiombo to Hammerkop.

 

I'm sure Amani will be spotted in the near future with a new litter of cubs. I'm meeting Elena of the Mara Meru Cheetah Project next week in Nairobi so will ask her

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@@loafer247 - no word still about Shingo? I really wonder where she is....... she's been gone for far too long!

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@@loafer247, thanks a lot for the clarification and update! I am looking forward to any news you will get from Elena :)

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Sooo...if the Imani we know now is not the cub I saw Amani with in Feb 2014, who is that cub (which would be younger still than the threesome who survived the litter before)? After I returned, I asked my guide at Porini Lion (who also showed me the solo cub and the previous litter 2 males-1 female) to let me know when the solo cub was named, and he said it was Imani. EIther something was lost in Facebook translation or we don't know? We need a family tree!

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I would think the most reasonable explanation it is not Amani on your photo.

 

The cub on your photo is pretty young (s/he still has lot of mane and looks small). I would think s/he is between 6 and 9 month old. Do you have other photos? Or you can send the photo to Elena she is always very good in helping to identify a cheetah.

 

Three cubs separated from Amani in Feb 2014. The first Imani's litter was in summer 2014. Here is July-Aug 2014 Mara cheetah project update:

 

"Imani (Amani’s offspring) has also given birth. She is a first time mum and very sensitive to disturbance."

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UPD. Actually, I am looking at Mara cheetah updates on FB in February 2014, I think it probably was the next litter as a cub looks very small. And they also say that after Imani and Hodari separated from Amani she raised another cub.

 

UPD2. @@amybatt, the cub you saw was born in Sep/Oct 2013

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I guess the one takeaway from this is Amani has managed to be quite prolific! Yes, the Sep/Oct 2013 birth timeframe for the cub I saw makes sense, given how small it still was. Now it makes me wonder what happened to it!

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@@amybatt can you send me high resolution photos of that sighting. I will show them to Elena next week and hopefully get an identification. I also doubt that it is Amani and Imani.

@@madaboutcheetah - I think it's pretty safe to say that Shingo is no longer with us.

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Dear All,

 

As most of you may know, I have been supporting Dr Elena and the Mara Meru Cheetah Project for a number of years now (since 2011 I think). So far, I have aided her in the sourcing of cameras (thank you to some ST members for donating your old cameras!!!) which are then given to guides to take ID shots of cheetahs, I organise for her attendance at local art and craft fairs so that she can sell her art-work and raise funds, and I assist in getting as many cheetah photos from the Mara as possible so that she can build up her database.

 

However, I feel that there is more that can be done, so I am now looking at the following:

 

I. As some of you may know, my family business involves running the most successful shopping mall in Kenya (The Sarit Centre - www.saritcentre.com) and the largest chain of book-stores in Kenya (Text Book Centre - www.textbookcentre.com). My idea is to frame (on canvas) some of my best wildlife photos and display them through these outlets for sale with all profits to go to the Cheetah Project. I AM NOT A PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHER and as of now have no intentions of becoming one. My thoughts were that if any of you have any fantastic images you wish to contribute then I could display them as well. Of course your name and watermark would be on the image. You will have to trust me that I will not be personally profiting from this and I would use whatever means available to show you how your photos are displayed, how many are sold etc... If you think that this is not a good idea then let me know - I will still go ahead but only display my prints (and I don't have enough quality prints)

 

II. I am in talks with Mobius Motors (a Kenyan car company that has developed a Kenyan car built for the outdoors) to partner with this Project - http://www.mobiusmotors.com/. So far little headway has been made but a school friend is involved in Mobius so I am hopeful that we will make some progress.

 

III. Cameras and GPS Equipment - Thank you so much to the ST members who have contributed to date (I won't mention names as I know you are not doing it for the recognition). But if any of you have old equipment that you are not using and want to donate it to the Cheetah Project then please let me know and I can arrange the logistics of getting it to the Mara.

 

Your feedback and help on the above is much appreciated.

 

@gamewarden - Does this post breach any guidelines? If not, any way we can highlight this post so more ST members read this?

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My thoughts were that if any of you have any fantastic images you wish to contribute then I could display them as well. Of course your name and watermark would be on the image.

Had I have any images to participate I would have done it without a second of hesitation.

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@@loafer247, how do you and/or Mara Cheetah do the identification? I ask because I have very, very close up face photos of both mother and cub (Feb 2014) and also others that are more full body from that sighting. Shall I post them here or send them to you in Direct Message?

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Elena wrote that Amani is in the MNC now and that she looks pregnant, and if so, she will be hiding for a long time.

 

Man! I really hope that Amani will not stay in MNC there are so many hyenas there :( and she already lost her previous litter to them in MNC.

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I guess the one takeaway from this is Amani has managed to be quite prolific! Yes, the Sep/Oct 2013 birth timeframe for the cub I saw makes sense, given how small it still was. Now it makes me wonder what happened to it!

 

I found :) (I am trying to make my cheat sheet on main Mara cheetahs).

 

This is from Mara project update dated May-June 2015 http://www.maracheetahs.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/MCP_Cheetah-Update-12_May-June-2015.pdf

 

"Amani’s cub (also known as Karembo which means “young and pretty” in KiSwahili) left her mother earlier this year. She left when she was about 14 months, old which is quite young. We were worried that she might struggle being on her own - how wrong we were! She is looking so healthy and strong that people think she is male. She is frequently sighted around the Tony Lapham Predator Hub and is now expanding her home-range into OlareMotorogi and Naboisho Conservancies"

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Ah good! That is great news that she was doing well. I'll keep an eye out for her in Naboisho, if she's still sticking around in that area.

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@@loafer247 I would suggest starting a new thread on your marvellous initiatives as it's lost in this thread. The most relevant categories to start a thread seem to be African wildllife (this thread is in this category) or organisations and NGOs. But the thread will still get pushed down as other threads show new content, so you should do regular updates to ensure wider readership!

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Here is the result of my reconciliation of all updates on Mara cheetahs (both Mara Cheetah project and Mara Meru cheetah project). If you see any errors/updates/clarification please let me know. It is highly appreciated. Sometimes the information is very confusing as it seems different names are used for the same cheetah.

MC means that the name is used by Mara cheetah project

MM means that the name is used by Mara Meru cheetah project

BP means that the name is used by both projects

 

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Posted (edited)

I just spent quality time with Amani in Mara North four days in a row, concluding yesterday.

 

She is heavily pregnant and should drop any day now. She appeared to be scouting birthing locations 2 and 3 days ago and was out in the open with a Tommy kill yesterday around midday.

 

I got to see her hunt, kill, and eat a young Impala 4 days ago (right under some Hyenas' noses) and spent a long while with her yesterday with Josford from Offbeat Mara and Ben Mugambi as guides. Kapeen from Offbeat spotted her 3 mornings ago nosing around on a grassy hillside where we watched her for a while.

 

I have many new photos and good videos of Amani that @@madaboutcheetah especially should find interesting.

 

We saw the big male Offbeat Leopard quite close to Amani day before yesterday, and yesterday she moved a ways into more open habitat where she was stalking and catching Tommies.

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@@offshorebirder, thanks a lot for the update! It is greatly appreciated! I hope she will be successful this time. Will you be writing a full report :)? I am looking forward to it.

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Yes Indeed, @@bettel - I will be doing a very detailed day-by-day report of my just-concluded 16 day Kenya Safari. Probably with multiple posts for each day during the busy days.

 

In addition to Amani in the Mara, we had a close encounter with a gorgeous + huge male Cheetah in Buffalo Springs...

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