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Extremely rare cheetah sighting - 5 small cubs and mother

 
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Mar 16, 2015 12:54 |  #16

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Aug 31, 2015 06:14 |  #17

Just an update to this thread, I was back in the Mara earlier this month and Malaika and her cubs are doing fine. It was the middle of the migration, and after a few mock runs at a bunch of wildebeest, Malaika coolly and calmly walked up to our car and jumped on!!

The cubs saw mummy do this, and soon we had all 5 on the car: Mum on the bonnet and kids at the back!

I even got a selfie with the female cub as she came in close and sniffed my head!, will try posting it here from my phone.

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Aug 31, 2015 20:33 as a reply to  @ dropmyload's post |  #18

Wow what amazing pics! Thanks for the terrific update - it's nice to see them all big and somewhat grown up. It's hard to believe that 4 out of 5 cubs survived to this point, that's pretty amazing. Are they in the same area they were last year?




  
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Aug 31, 2015 23:50 |  #19

They seem to have moved, since the migration is on, to a place where the wildebeest walk through.

However, there is now a new mother in the Mara, and she had 4 cubs. She is very nervous, hiding them in a place with long grass. Hope they survive.

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Sep 01, 2015 06:39 |  #20

All of your shots are REALLY something else, but those last three that you just posted above this are worth the price of admission!:lol:
I know that the expense of going to Africa is astronomical, but these just have to make it to where it softens the blow of the cost. I don't think that I have ever seen anything like these shots before, and when you say that she "hides them in the grass", then I see the picture, man, I can't tell you how cool that was.

I am very, VERY impressed with your stuff, I see a lot of shots from there and they are very good, but for me, these are the best I have seen to date! These are just... POETIC!
(Not to say that others shots by other photographers aren't really well done too, but we all have our own 'thing' that moves us...) :)

Thanks for letting us see this, I love it!
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Sep 02, 2015 00:00 |  #21

Thank you very much Randy! We were very lucky to come across the new mother and her cubs early in the morning. She was very nervous, and kept moving, wouldn't stand still. The cubs were oblivious, and busy playing on tree stumps etc. We didn't stay for too long, as we didn't want to draw too much attention to the new family, and alert lions etc. Luckily, Cheetah cubs have a whitish yellow fur on their back, which helps them blend into the grass quite well.

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Nov 23, 2015 23:25 |  #22

Great pics!! No apologies needed, now that I am back home I really enjoy you keeping me in the bush so to speak with your amazing pictures. They really are book worthy!!




  
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Nov 26, 2015 22:58 |  #23

Latest update from the Mara Cheetah Project:

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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Dec 06, 2015 23:58 as a reply to  @ dropmyload's post |  #24

Sad... Nature can be both heartwarming and heartbreaking.




  
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Dec 10, 2015 09:49 |  #25

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Dec 25, 2015 05:25 |  #26

Nice set of cheetah family!


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