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James Tyrrell

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James had hardly touched a camera when he came to Londolozi, but his writing skills that complemented his Honours degree in Zoology meant that he was quickly snapped up by the Londolozi blog team. An environment rich in photographers helped him develop the ...

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Leslie Backus
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I think that Mother Nature may need a hand in this case. Cheetahs are struggling to survive and you may be able to save 3 by saving 1, along with their future offspring. Londolozi has a tough decision to make.

Adam Bannister
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Dart her and save her and the cubs!

Niamh
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Oh God – this is so hard!! While one side of me is shouting – DO SOMETHING – the other side is saying, let nature take its course!! This has to be one of the hardest parts of your job, looking on knowing that you could do something but are unable to do so!! As we all know though, Nature does have a way of surprising us from time to time & maybe, just maybe, she might surprise us all & come through this!! All we can do is hope & pray xx

Charles Wemyss-Dunn
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Normally non-intervention makes sense and is absolutely the right way to go, but given the critically endangered status of cheetahs this case in my opinion is different. I have witnessed low key intervention in the Masai Mara and it does seem to have its merits in certain cases. I think in this isolated case I would intervene so as not to lose three cheetahs, the most fragile and rare of African cats.

Lynn Rattray
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So very sad.

John Wilson
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Hi James, I say dart the three get her back to good health and release them, maybe I am to soft but hate to see animals of witch there are so few left lost when we are able to help. Nature is to harsh some times. Please keep us up to date. Hope it all turns out well.

Elaine Randolph
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Purists seldom win. Pick her & the cubs up & move them back to their own territory. A stich & antibiotic dhot may save 3 cheetah and future generations. This is for their sake and ours. Figure out ehy she’s moving outside her range. Save her. You will only regret not having done so.

Mary Hubbard
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What everyone else said….. Save her! Please keep us posted! Good luck!

Holly Cheese
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I say do what ever you can – there are not enough cheetahs left to ignore this. Also having spent time with this mother and two, I have a very soft spot for them!

maxine gaines
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We impact on these animals in ways we can’t even imagine by constantly viewing them. I think we owe it to them to help if we can. I think that you should call the vet and get her stitched up. We have done it before. I vividly remember sitting on the londolozi airstrip all night watching over a mother cheetah and her two cubs after she was stitched up by Douw Grobler from Skukuza. We had to watch her all night to make sure she was protected while coming round from the anesthetic and to chase any other predators away while she recovered. There was very little impact on her. Her cubs ran of a short distance when we darted her but stayed nearby and joined her again while she was coming round from the anesthetic. You just have to hope the stitches hold when she chases her next impala!

Deb Mills
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There are too few cheetahs in the world…intervention is the right thing in this case

Margaret Hide
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Save her!

Rowena Lafferty
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I’m with the interventionists, too. Dart and treat her. If she’s mobile afterwards, try to provide kills till she heals. She is a draw for your business.

emma daniels
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please please dart her and the babies, the cheetah are protected anyway and are struggling as it is, this family need your help now more than ever

Diane Miller
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absolutely save them ! feed them and get a vet to dart her and give her antibiotics and assess wound, you can and must save them !!!!!

Choruban Taran
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I agree with most of the people on here. There are very few cheetahs in the wild. If you can help save these 3 cheetahs than please do what ever you can to save her. Best of luck!

C
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Save her…..I find the Non-intervention policy ridiculously stupid and on top of that…she has cubs and everyone knows how hard it is for cubs to survive into adulthood.

James T
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Hi “C”,

Thank you for your comments. I would be interested to know why you find the non-intervention policy ridiculously stupid, as you put it..

James T

Alyse Smith
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I agree with all above. Depending on what her injuries actually are, perhaps a relatively simple intervention could possibly save all 3. In this case, saving these three is the right thing to do.

Syl
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As said above….cheetahs are struggling to survive….I’d step in & help.

Connie Gildner
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I agree with Elaine Randolph Dart them move them back to their home turf stitch her up give her some antibiotics and see what happens

Makesha Clark
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Intervention must take place. Cheetahs are rare, beautiful, and spectacular, and I always look forward to hearing about them. It would just be heartbreaking to watch them all suffer. Please take cause in this action. In the end, everyone will agree this will be the best outcome for now and in the future. Please save Mother cheetah and her babies.

Diane Faria
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I do realize that we should let nature take it’s course bit i also feel that with the Cheetah being an endangered species, intervention would be an acceptable solution. Isn’t Londolozi situated close to Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre?

Peaches Stefan
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Please do the human thing and save them.

MICHAEL MADONNA
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SIMPLE CALL – CHEETAHS = TOURIST DOLLARS AND PHOTO OPPS = SAVE THEM AT ALL COSTS. Mike Madonna

Mary Beth Wheeler
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So many salient comments. In brief, I agree with Adam – dart her and save the three of them!

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