TANO BORA MALES MEET FEMALES

05/18/2020

Cheetahs are induced ovulators, that is, in order for a female to come into oestrus, she needs external stimuli. Meeting with males is one such incentive. Over the past 10 days, the Tano Bora male coalition met Nora several times, but only three males initially lingered in hope of mating – Olpadan, Leboo and Olarishani (who had previously mated with her). However, the more often they intersected, the less interest this female aroused in males. For example, the day before yesterday, they all ignored her when spotted in 50 meters. The males were more interested in gazelles. Interestingly, a few days ago, in close proximity to each other, there were 3 different females – Nora, Miale and Nashipai. When the two males left Nora, they met with Nashipai, who was also not ready for mating. After following her for some time, Olarishani eventually left her and went in search for his coalition-mates.

                     



Video: Leboo and Olarishani came across Nashipai

05/18/2020

Recently, two out of five Tano Bora males – Leboo and Olarishani came across Nashipai. When she escaped in the bush near the main road, Leboo left her, while Olarishani decided to wait for some time. In half an hour, Olarishani also lost interest in the female and followed his coalition-mate.



RAISI RAISED HER FIRST LITTER

05/08/2020

Six-year-old Raisi (Easy in Kiswahili) – daughter of Rosa, granddaughter of Resy and younger sister of Rosetta, successfully raised her first litter to independence. She gave birth to five cubs in Olderkesi conservancy, and spent significant time with her offspring in that area, in the neighboring Serengeti, and occasionally in Sopa-Sand river areas. The last time we observed Raisi with her three cubs in November 2019 near Cottar’s 1920’s camp, close to the Tanzanian border. Three adolescents appeared in Olarro conservancy in the beginning of April, when they were approximately 17 months. Today, they came into the Reserve and we observed them in 5 km from the coalition of 5 males – Tano Bora. Three young healthy males in a coalition has become great addition to the Mara cheetah population.

       



ROSETTA and HER CUBS – RUKA, RAFIKI and RISASI

05/03/2020

Since Rosetta raised her offspring, we have not often seen her because she has chosen hard-to-reach parts of the Reserve. Therefore, it was nice to see her on May 1 with impressive kill – being a very efficient hunter, she caught a big Grant’s gazelle male. Sometimes cheetahs do not start eating immediately, waiting for a convenient time when there will be no kleptoparasites around. Rosetta waited more than an hour before eating. Nobody disturbed her (there were no hyenas nearby), and even the jackal did not dare to come close. After eating a large amount of meat, the cheetah may not hunt for three days. Her three sub-adult cubs have been continuing to master the Mara for a month and a half, and recently we observed them more than 20 km from the place where the female had left them. Based on their skills and characters, the Mara stakeholders named two males Ruka (Jump) and Rafiki (Friend), and the young female – Risasi (Bullet).

             



Remembering Cheetahs

05/01/2020

Today, I am happy to share this great news – we received a grant from the Remembering Cheetahs, which will facilitate our continued fieldwork. In behalf of our team, I would like to express my deep gratitude to Margot Raggett – the great wildlife photographer, inspirer and leader of the Remembering Wildlife book series, for supporting wildlife conservation, which became her passion and mission. Some years back, fundraising campaign organized by Margot, enabled us to print several thousands of wildlife conservation books “Let’s Go Wild” and donate them to thousands of kids in the schools of the Mara. Thank you Margot and everyone who participated in the Remembering Cheetahs initiative and made funding of wildlife conservation projects possible. We are proud to be supported by your team!
Today, our research team observed 9 cheetahs: Miale, Rosetta, Mkali and Mwanga, and in the late evening – Tano Bora. We did not have much time to spend with the biggest cheetah male coalition because of a heavy rain and the necessity to return to the research base before curfew. We will keep you posted on all the individuals we meet in the Mara!