Firstly a very Happy New Year!May 2010 be a very special year for all.
For those of you who may not be aware, we have officially begun the cheetah research project that shall be taking place within the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve over the next year into early 2011, and have received final approval from SAN Parks. Over the last two months, our aim has been to spread the word with regard to the project and gather as much support as possible, thereby ensuring we have the widest feasible area covered with active participants submitting both photographs and scat.
Coverage will be further enhanced by the participation of the TPNR’s own patrols, which have just been equipped with robust, waterproof, compact digital cameras and given simple training in both their use and the protocol for scat collection.
Since the beginning of November we have officially identified seven cheetahs, this comprises two single males, one single female and a second female with three cubs.
A further five individuals (one single male two mothers with single cubs) can be identified when looking as far back as May 2009. This brings the total identify cheetahs to 12. There were a total of seven cheetah sightings recorded in the month of January alone. This is a very encouraging outcome from the early stages of the project, as it was doubtful that we would find a total of more over the entire study period. With these results we look forward to what the next few months have to hold.
Our website has just gone live who is interested in finding out a little more about the project or sightings as well as our cheetah individuals identified thus far.
The site can be accessed at:
We would like to send out a special thank you to the following people who have so kindly sent in their photos for the project:
- Dave Jackaman;
- Ziegfried Hugo;
- Dennis Rutter;
- Sean Savage (Tanda Tula);
- Jeremy Kemp-Symonds.
We are very grateful for your support.
Lastly we would just like to extend a very big thank you to all the lodges who have thus far agreed to assist us and participate, as well as to all the private land pledged their support towards the project.
|Cheetah Sightings Legend:|
|Blue||Sightings from the last 2 months|
|Green||Sightings from 2 to 4 months ago|
|Pink||Sightings older than 4 months|
Currently, sightings are placed within the near vicinity of the actual observations and not by GPS co-ordinates.
Thank you for your support!