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Mar26

Tracking Cheetahs

WRITTEN BY // Jenny Adenyoh CATEGORIES // The Inverdoorn Diaries

17 - 23 March

Tracking Cheetahs

This week started with a successful hunt for the male cheetah. He caught a large female lechwe close to the dam, so we put up the bush-cam near his kill. The first two days we caught pictures of the male cheetah feeding, but no other animals, so we put the bush-cam back up to see if we could find other animals feeding on the kill. We should be checking the camera in the next few days.

During my last tracking with Leah, we found the male running around the female and calling her. Fortunately for us we think that she went into heat again and so maybe something will happen between them. Fingers crossed. It is very interesting to see how the female's behaviour changes as soon as she gets into heat. To our surprise she actually moves into the male's territory, but then hides from him, which makes it difficult for us to find her. It is the first time at Inverdoorn that we can observe their natural mating behaviour and we can learn a lot from them this way. The male will walk around the whole day calling for her.

Also this week, Inverdoorn received a film crew from a local TV show The Expresso Show. They were filming around the lodge and the cheetahs to air a short show about the work we are doing here. The team visited our breeding facility and had the chance to see Velvet run at the dam. It should be airing soon and we are very excited to watch it.

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Jenny Adenyoh

Jenny, a student from France, visits South Africa for the first time and volunteers at the Western Cape Cheetah Conservation.

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