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Mar10

A New Addition

WRITTEN BY // Annami Grabe CATEGORIES // The Inverdoorn Diaries

3 - 9 March

A New Addition

This week started off as a first, and a new beginning for me. I was offered the amazing opportunity to call myself an employee of Inverdoorn, starting on 1st March. This means that from now on I have a lot more responsibilities like tracking, doing cheetah interactions and, of course, cheetah runs. Although this week was quite stressful, I cannot say that I did not enjoy it.

The week started with the male cheetah hunting a male lechwe as his meal. Luckily for us, this happened next to the bridge at Lechwe Dam, so we got to see him and his kill up close. On Tuesday night we could see that the male thoroughly enjoyed his meal, as he lay next to it under a tree, so full he could barely move. I had my first three interactions, and the guests were very nice and very excited to meet and hear all about Velvet. 

Going tracking on my own was a new experience, being behind the wheel as well as handling the tracking device. It was quite different deciding on my own which road was the best to take in order to find the cheetahs. The male was very easy to find; but the female is back to her old self, moving all over the reserve, and she did give me a hard time finding her. Fortunately for me I got to see the baby giraffe, which was truly amazing. The week came to an end almost the same way it started: with the male cheetah hunting yet another lechwe. We have now put up the bush-cam near his kill, and hopefully next week we will have some amazing pictures to show.

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Annami Grabe

Annami Grabe

Annami Grabe was born in South Africa. She studied conservation ecology and is currently working as a volunteer at the Western Cape Cheetah Conservation.

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Mail: info@inverdoorn.com

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