Cheetah update

Only one of the two cheetah brothers has been seen lately - Gary Hill

Only one of the remaining two cheetah brothers has been seen lately - Gary Hill

The two cheetah brothers that have been dominant on the property for some time, have been scarce of late. The last occasion in which both brothers were seen together was on the 28th of January. Since then, only one of the brothers has been sighted. In the early stages of February we found the lone male hunting around the Mlowathi River. This is certainly the furthest west that either of the brothers has been recorded. The male was successful in his hunt, and two days later he was back on familiar ground around Clarendon dam. It is of slight concern that his brother was not around, but it is even more worrying that the male was not contact-calling nor looking for his brother. Where there were once four of these males, it would now appear that there is only one remaining.

Cheetah and her three cubs -Brendan Cole

Cheetah female and her three cubs -Brendan Cole

Mother yaws while cub looks on - Brendan Cole

Mother yawns while her cub looks on - Brendan Cole

The cheetah female and her cubs have been stealing the show, and sightings of them have been very consistent. They have been spending more time in the northern reaches of MalaMala, where they had an encounter with the above-mentioned male cheetah. It was a peaceful passing, which is a sure indication that one of the brothers is the father of the cubs. There were originally four cubs, but there are unfortunately now only three after one died at Christmas-time. The cubs are growing at a rapid rate, and are slowly losing their manes that were once prominent along their necks and backs. The youngsters are extremely relaxed in the presence of vehicles, and provide excellent entertainment as they chase one another about within a safe radius of their mother!

The female cheetah is doing an excellent job providing for her cubs - Brendan Cole

The female cheetah is doing an excellent job of providing for her cubs - Brendan Cole

One of the young cheetah cubs climbs a tree - Gary Hill

One of the young cheetah cubs climbs a tree - Gary Hill

The cubs are very relaxed especially in the presence of mother - Brendan Cole

The cubs are very relaxed, especially in the presence of their mother - Brendan Cole

The cub showed good skill to climb relatively high without much trouble - Gary Hill

This cub showed good skill to climb relatively high without much trouble - Gary Hill

Gary Hill

Ranger – MalaMala Game Reserve

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