December 4 is International Cheetah Day. Let’s celebrate it together! Find how you can assist our cheetah research and conservation programs by visiting our web site: http://marameru.org/eng/about-us/participate_old/
Working in the field, we meet certain challenges – weather conditions, hilly or rocky terrain, dense vegetation, distance to a cheetah, shyness of some individuals especially at the boundaries with protected areas or with Serengeti, make it difficult not only to follow cheetahs, but even take clear pictures for identification. Therefore it is critically important to obtain the best results using available resources, like photo cameras. Close collaboration with the professional photographers gives us opportunity to learn from them. In September 2017, our long-term supporters David Lloyd (@davidlloyd.wildlifephotography) and Amy Shutt (@amyshuttphoto) conducted for us a workshop. We spent the day with them on a safari in the Maasai Mara, during which we were given individual instruction on advanced photographic techniques i.e. on how to get better shots in a low light, at the large distance and/or of running animals. We learnt about combination of different camera settings, which cannot be found in the camera manuals. We learnt that with our project cameras (which are not the top of the line) we could achieve great results in challenging conditions. This theoretical and practical knowledge has already assisted in our fieldwork (see our post on a leopard attacking Topi). David Lloyd https://davidlloyd.net/ is also one of the long-term contributors to our project. Thank you Amy and David for the great chance of learning and for a generous continuous support of our Cheetah research project!
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Good news – Nora, Narasha’s daughter is pregnant again and soon will be ready to give birth. During the last month of pregnancy, female is looking for a secure place for a den. Some cheetahs give birth in a patch of grass in the open field, some – under the bushes in the field or in a rocky area, some prefer ravines. It is hard to find a secure place in the Reserve because part from other predators roaming in the Mara, all areas are visited by tour vehicles. It is very important not to follow pregnant cheetah and to give the future mother opportunity to take care of her offspring. The less disturbance the mother experiences, the higher are her chances to raise the litter. Last year, out of 4 cubs Nora raised one son. Let’s hope she will also raise daughters to continue Narasha’s lineage.