Following my life and work at the Cheetah Conservation Fund


So in an earlier post I mentioned that we have been running the Okakarara cubs on a regular basis. These guys are almost a year old now and recently we promoted them to a larger enclosure for their runs. Their own enclosure is where we used to run them, however in the past couple of weeks we were feeling that they had outgrown that enclosure while running, so we decided it would be best to move them to another one of the cheetah enclosures for the runs. Their first time in the new enclosure and on the new run course, which was mid-last week, went very well, and yesterday was their third time and things are still going well. It’s a new place for them so they really enjoy exploring the area as well as the opportunity to run at speeds they couldn’t reach before because of space limitations. Senay in particular has been very fast and enthusiastic on the course. I imagine that visitors will enjoy the opportunity to see these guys running when they are full grown. I haven’t had much opportunity to get pictures of them running in the new area because I have been so busy operating the lure machine, but yesterday I managed to get a few shots, some of which are posted below. There is also one posted of me operating the lure.

CCF is currently mid stride in a long term cheetah census using camera traps as the data collection method. We have about 15-20 camera traps set up all around CCF property at trees that cheetahs using as marking and communications posts which we call “play trees.” We have done short term censuses in this same way, however this is the first long term camera trap census that has been done. Our ecology team feels that the data collected on the short term will differ from this long term study due to the ways in which cheetahs, particularly female cheetahs, use these play trees. In addition to the cheetah census, the data collected will be used in a variety of other ways. One of the most significant being the study of the relationship between cheetahs and leopards in regards to these play trees, because both cheetahs and leopards have been seen to use the same trees in what we think to be similar ways. I have the responsibility of driving around to all these camera traps and collecting and changing the SD cards. It takes me a few hours to check just half of the cameras because they are spread out so far in CCF’s property. Yet I have really enjoyed this task because it has allowed me to see a lot of CCF that most people do not typically see, and has also provided me the opportunity to participate in CCF’s research.

So not too much to update everyone on. It’s business as usual here at CCF. As always I’m open to any questions or comments. Until next time…




7 responses

  1. I love your reports Eli! Great job on keeping us well informed on the goings-on at CCF. Best wishes, Marisa for the Southern California Chapter of the Cheetah Conservation Fund.

    July 28, 2011 at 9:41 pm

  2. Gazeilles

    Eli, your pictures are superb, and you involvement with cheetahs more…
    Maybe you’ll have time to read this message. In parallel with the Cheetah Conservation fund, I’m watching regularly AFRICAT activities, and their reintroduction program of 18 cheetahs in the secured Okonjima reserve.
    However, over the last 6 months, 3 cheetahs were killed by leopards…these cheetahs have not, again, the instinctive ability to recognize potential risks facing the leopards.
    So, I don’t understand the presence of leopards in a secured reserve?
    Perhaps the Cheetah Conservation Fund knows the same problem in the BELLEBENNO and ERENDI reserves.
    Sorry for my english, is not very good. Have a nice afternoon. Bernard Gazeilles from South France.

    July 29, 2011 at 10:56 am

    • ehwalker91

      I’m not too sure what you are asking, however in protected reserves the mortality of cheetahs is very high. The infant mortality is at 90% and this is due to the presence of other predators such as leopards and lions. Whenever these animals come in contact with each other, because of competition they will try to kill the other. Unfortunately the cheetah is a fragile animal and will always loose a fight to a lion or leopard…. all they can do is run away. The issue with protected reserves is that because the areas are typically rather small than normal wild areas, the cheetahs have no where to run and get away from the other predators so often times they are killed. Is this what you were asking?

      August 1, 2011 at 6:37 am

  3. Thanks again for your informative posts. Keep up the good work.

    July 29, 2011 at 2:04 pm

  4. Mel Liebler (and the rest of the clan)

    we are so amazed!!! they are absolutely beautiful ….. we are so PROUD of you. If you could capture Kajay’s personalitiy, how would you describe. he looks so majestic and humble at the same time. We love what you’re doing but wish you were here. Stay with your passion and we will follow. This is so awesome and such an amazing opportunity for you. We can’t wait to hear all about it at our next family reunion! Your photography is phenomenonal. Much love from all the Sloan clan.

    July 30, 2011 at 11:26 pm

    • ehwalker91

      Kaijay is amazing and has such personality! He is probably the most dominant of the group, yet he is very laid back and calm the majority of the time. However when he wants to he is at the front of the pack and is the first for everything. He’s very well behaved and is going to be a great cheetah for CCF to have! I wish I could have made it to the reunion (how many have I missed now?) but hopefully I’ll make it to one of the next ones! Hope you guys had fun!

      August 1, 2011 at 6:34 am

  5. Hi Eli,

    The Cheetah is simply the most elegant looking of all the greater cats (and I come from the homeland of the Great Bengal Tiger). Your pictures are simply brilliant…keep up the great work and I pray you get a lot more of the wonderful pics that you have clicked so far.

    The CCF is a Godsend to Cheetahs all over and the work carried out should continue forever.

    Do get in touch if anything…I’d like to connect and stay in touch.

    Best of luck and keep up the spirit Eli!


    July 31, 2011 at 1:30 pm

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