Martin on move

After Martin had lost his brother in October 2015, he had been roaming at the Hammerkop area of the Maasai Mara National Reserve. For the last 5 months, he was often seen near the ravine and in the open plains close to the bridge, sharing the area with a leopard, a clan of hyenas, and a pride of lions. However, soon after the coalition of five cheetahs came into the area, Martin disappeared. It is known that single cheetah males can be successful if the number of the male coalitions in the area is limited, but it becomes difficult for singletons to hold territories alongside with cheetahs in groups. Martin travelled for over 40 km and now is in the Mara North Conservancy. In contrast to the reserve, where during the daytime Martin adapted to countless numbers of the tour vehicles, in the conservancies, he encounters pastoralists and livestock. As an experienced male, he avoids dangerous interactions, regularly hunts and keeps good shape.


Five males together

Today at 9.30 am, after a long search, we found all males together close to the place where the one calling male had led the group yesterday. Al five spent 8,5 hours again sleeping in the shade, where they were hardly seen from the road. We spent the whole day with them making sure nobody disturbes them.


Four of the Great Five

Something happened to the Mara Great Five – a male coalition of 5 males. Today we found only four of them sleeping deep in the bush. After waking up at 5.30 pm, one of them started making loud calls. These sounds spread over 2 km and meant for communication over long distances. The calling male then led the group to the area where most probably the member of a coalition had been lost. All four were limping on front limbs, which could be a result of fighting with someone the previous night. It is hard to say what had happened to the missing male. He was a co-leader of a group and often a decision maker. Such strong concern of only one male in a group can indicate his close relationship with the missing brother.


Rani is mating with two boys

Rani is mating with two boys in The Mara Triangle. It is extremely difficult to observe cheetahs in courtship in the wild, but watching of an actual copulation is trully amazing. Usually cheetahs mate at night, but two brothers of the Mara Triangle became impatient when they came across Rani. The female came into estrus after she had lost her last litter. Males’ competition made the copulation unsuccessful for both of them, but there is hope that later on, at least one of them will copulate effectively.

Cheetahs Kisaru, Busara and Hyena

Learning how to identify a danger and to behave accordingly is a part of survivor strategies in all animal species. These strategies cheetah cubs learn from their mother’s behavior. Kisaru and Busara – Amani’s daughters spent enough time with their experienced mother and learnt that single hyena does not pose a danger if they don’t have a kill. For a young hyena, two resting cheetahs and a few vehicles at a distance could be a lure for checking if they had a kill. Most of the encounters of the both species end up peacefully if there is nothing for hyena to seize.