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#41 bettel

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Posted 22 January 2016 - 03:26 PM

 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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Posted 22 January 2016 - 07:39 PM

@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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Posted 22 January 2016 - 09:46 PM

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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Posted 23 January 2016 - 01:04 AM

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.maracheet...y-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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Posted 23 January 2016 - 08:56 PM

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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Posted 24 January 2016 - 02:05 AM

@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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Posted 24 January 2016 - 04:18 PM

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 24 January 2016 - 08:33 PM

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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Posted 24 January 2016 - 09:02 PM

@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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Posted 24 January 2016 - 09:10 PM

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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Posted 24 January 2016 - 10:29 PM

@bettel that chart is wonderful.  I don't know enough to add to it, but I'm going to print it and put it in the back of my wildlife guidebook for my trip.

 

@offshorebirder, excellent report on Amani.  Can't wait to read your TR!



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Posted 25 January 2016 - 05:41 PM

@bettel

We saw Imani with 3 cubs in the OMC a few days ago


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Posted 25 January 2016 - 05:55 PM

@TonyQ, thank you for the update! I am waiting for the full trip report ;)



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Posted 25 January 2016 - 06:03 PM

@bettel

Only got back yesterday :)



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Posted 26 January 2016 - 07:53 AM

Offbeat Mara just posted a photo of Amani I shared on their Facebook page:

 

https://www.facebook...asaimaracamp31/

 

I will post a video of Amani (and her huge belly) to this thread later  today and start my Kenya TR  in another  day or so.


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Posted 26 January 2016 - 07:36 PM

* When viewing the following embedded Youtube video, be sure to increase the video quality to 1080p.  And turn up the sound so you can hear Amani crunching the young Impala and shearing its flesh.

 

Equipment used was a Canon 7DmkII and 10-400 IS II lens supported on a Kinesis bean bag.

 

-- As I sat shooting this video late the afternoon of January 20 in a light rain, I thought: "Man, I wish Hari was here to enjoy this with me".

 

This one's for you @madaboutcheetah

 


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Posted 28 January 2016 - 11:02 PM

~ @bettel

 

Wow! Your cheetah reconciliation chart is so helpful!

 

The care that went into preparing it is inspirational. If only more of my students were to do likewise.

 

From all that you've written in this thread, I'm certain that your upcoming stay at Porini Lion will be a productive and enjoyable visit.

 

Tom K.


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Posted 28 January 2016 - 11:06 PM

~ @amybatt

 

It's really great that you'll soon be in Naboisho to observe firsthand.

 

Your experience and unflagging enthusiasm prepare you for productive sightings.

 

I'm looking forward to positive reports about whatever you observe.

 

Tom K.



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Posted 28 January 2016 - 11:10 PM

~ @TonyQ and @offshorebirder

 

It's wonderful that both of you have just been to the Mara and thus have fresh observations.

 

@TonyQ, where did you and @Thursday's Child stay in OMC?

 

@offshorebirder, as videos aren't available here, all my screen shows is a large blank space. Therefore your vivid description of what's shown is appreciated.

 

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Posted 29 January 2016 - 06:32 AM

@Tom Kellie

We stayed at Kicheche Bush for 4 nights - we thought it was an excellent camp (before this we had 4 nights at Offbeat Meru and 5nights at Kicheche Laikipia and were verypleased with all of them)


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