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Chris Taylor

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Chris was born and raised in the Kwa-Zulu/Natal Midlands where his family inspired his early passion for the natural world. Exploring Southern Africa as he grew up, this passion was allowed to develop and his curiosity to expand. After high school, Chris spent ...

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on An Evolutionary Mishap: The Overspecialization of Cheetah

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Marinda Drake
Master Tracker

Great blog Chris. Cheetah are endangered, and it is always a privilege to see them. Is it because of the competition with the other predators, or habitat loss, or does the greater Kruget mot suite their hunting methods?

Andrew & Daniel Bolnick
Senior Digital Ranger

Chris I thank you for highlighting Cheetah’s which rarely get mentioned. I was lucky enough to see one up close some time ago while visiting Londolozi. All animals seem to adapt if they are left to their own ways and outside pressures ( man) does not infringe on them. Enjoyed the blog and some really great photos as well

Vin Beni
Digital Tracker

One of the most incredible sights is a cheetah making a sharp turn while chasing prey–an unbelievable combination of grace, agility, power, and speed.

Joan Schmiidt
Digital Tracker

Chris, great story!

Doug Hammerich
Senior Digital Ranger

Thank you for this. Unfortunately we never saw any cheetahs when we at Londolozi last September.

Victoria Auchincloss
Senior Digital Ranger

I always learn something new when I read the blog of the day. Thank you. Victoria

Bob & Lucie Fjeldstad
Guest contributor

Hopefully they will find a home in the south because they are SOOOO beautiful to photograph!

Ian Hall
Digital Tracker

Wonderful creatures, once saw a cheetah hunt and kill from start to finish. But not common in the Kruger and considered a pest in Namibia 🇳🇦

Joan Schmiidt
Digital Tracker

We saw a cheetah on Londolozi, with a bad eye. Unfortunately she was killed, but her two offspring are still out there somewhere. When we were in Kenya, we saw a cheetah with five small cubs, hunt, kill, and she made her cubs wait mile away with a flick of her tail, and literally she called them with one small yip, and they all came running down to where she made the kill. It was quite impressive!

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

I love watching cheetahs but have yet to see one in all my visits to Sabi Sand – they are amazing hunters and I was fortunate to see a cheetah mum stalk and run down an impala in Botswana to share with her two cubs. I believe your points are valid concerning their survival within Londolozi due to such a healthy population of leopards and lions. Perhaps the siblings will find a niche for them to hunt successfully and they will be around for awhile.

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