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Guy Brunskill

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Guy grew up in the city of Durban, Kwa-Zulu Natal. From a very young age he visited the bush each holiday. It was during these early years that his passion and interest was ignited for this incredible environment. After school he acquired a ...

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on Male Leopard vs. Cheetahs

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Marinda Drake
Master Tracker

Great video. Amazing interaction. These two cheetah are the offspring of the mother with the injured – blind eye? Are they independent and what happened to the mother?

Joan Schmiidt
Digital Tracker

Guy, what a sight, leopard and 2 cheetahs! Amazing

Joan Schmiidt
Digital Tracker

Are the 2 cheetahs siblings?

Darlene Knott
Digital Tracker

Wow, what an impressive sighting! And I am with you, I have NEVER heard a cheetah make that sound. It definitely seemed submissive and that is understandable when you look at the build on that Tortoise Pan male!!! Loved the video. Thanks for sharing, Guy.

Michael and Terri Klauber
Guest contributor

Guy, What an awesome sighting and we loved the video! Just goes to show that you never know what’s around the corner on game drives!

Doug Hammerich
Senior Digital Ranger

Very exciting. Outstanding video! Thank you for sharing!

Andrew and Daniel Bolnick
Digital Tracker

My first reaction was to laugh. It appeared to me as if the Cheetah was egging on the leopard knowing there was no way the leopard was going to catch him. Like the Cheetah was teasing the leopard. Enjoyed this one Guy

Bob and Lucie Fjeldstad
Guest contributor

Wow Guy, what a show you got to see!!! Cheetahs are fairly skitterish and a leopard can be very intimating. Perhaps this was the first time either had seen the other species and neither was sure what to do until the leopard made his move! What a terrific video!!!

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

What a great video. The cheetah sound was like nothing I’ve heard previously, even when two cheetahs meet…… so happy to see the Tortoise Pan male looking so robust. He was the first leopard I viewed with you last November at the muddy pan, staring down the hippo. For now, my favorite!
Good blog- thank you!

Mary Beth Wheeler
Guest contributor

What a sighting! That cheetah was vocalizing so strangely that it seemed as if the leopard didn’t know what to think either? Any chance these cheetah are the offspring of the female who injured her eye? Or are they new visitors/residents?

Malavika Gupta
Senior Digital Ranger

Another well written piece, Guy. And yes, what makes this so tough to write is that cheetah are so rare at Londolozi, that waiting until the next siting to confirm your theory may be a very long wait.

Joanne Wadsworth Kelley
Master Tracker

Another unusual sighting of sizing one another up. Were they older, the outcome might have been quite different. I feel the mewing was a submissive gesture. I’m glad it ended as it did…..we need these young Cheetahs to remain in Londolozi territory and stay healthy. Too few of them.

Callum Evans
Guest contributor

Unbelievable sighting!!! The cheetahs definetely got lucky there!!

Sorry to disappoint but the leopard in this film is a female not a male , however this does not detract from the excellent footage and beauty of these big cats…

Suzanne Gibson
Guest contributor

What an astonishing interaction! And the Tortoise Pan male is certainly filling out, he looks quite magnificent, hard to reconcile him with the 1st time I saw him, when he was about 2 months old and extremely cute.

Leonie De Young
Senior Digital Ranger

An excellent blog Guy. I wonder if the sound the cheetah was making is just like domestic cats make when they are fighting. After all, domestic cats evolved from the wild cats. Just a theory. Thanks for sharing with us.

Tim McNeil
Explorer

Awesome shots

Vanessa Dean
Explorer

Wow, what a fabulous sighting! Fantastic video, thanks for sharing!

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