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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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Francesca Doria
Digital Tracker

Hi Chris, every time I read good news about cheetah it’s a gift. It was hard to watch the impala lamb being so awkwardly kill though. The images are wonderful and their amber eyes and the certainty that they live on warms my heart. Do you know if the subadults are males or females ?

Chris Taylor
Ranger

They are two sub-adult males which means they are likely to stick together even after gaining their independence. Hopefully we continue to see them into their adult years.

Lisa Antell
Senior Digital Ranger

There are many things that are incredibly exciting to witness in the African bush but a full-on cheetah hunt is just about one of the most special sightings ever! Especially if there are cubs involved too!

Christa Blessing
Digital Tracker

Hi Chris, what an amazing experience and how lucky you were to be at the right spot at the right time.

Valmai Vorster
Senior Digital Ranger

Such a fantastic sighting Chris, so very excited that Mommy Cheetah caught an impala and that the sons were interested in helping with the chase. Slowly but surely they are learning from each kill, that will stand them in good stead when they have to hunt alone. Absolutely gorgeous foot’s.

Linda From California
Digital Ranger

Cheetah are so beautiful. You had an amazing sighting with this family group. At least one of the males helped mother towards the end with the take down.

Cally Staniland
Digital Tracker

Certainly an afternoon I would never forget Chris ! Both your timing and the cheetahs paid off and am so pleased they got to enjoy their well earn dinner before any other scavengers arrived ! Spectacular 🙏🏻💕

Bob and Lucie Fjeldstad
Guest contributor

Nothing quite as exciting and fast as a cheetah hunt! How fortunate we all are to have cheetah back on Londolozi!

Michael and Terri Klauber
Guest contributor

Wow Chris! What an amazing experience for you and your guests! We love seeing the evolution of that Cheetah family!

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

There’s nothing quite like waiting patiently with a cheetah and then watch it spring into action in pursuit of its prey. The quick-thinking strategy and timing is the key to success. Great story and pleased to read its happy ending.

Vin Beni
Guest contributor

Had a very similar experience on our first visit, although the cubs were younger and hidden during the pursuit. The takedown occurred directly in front of the vehicle, The 2 cubs emerged from their hiding place and participated in finishing the kill. We were so pleased that our guide preached patience as we sat quietly for over an hour watching the female stalk the impala herd until one separated itself and became the prey.

Suzanne Gibson
Guest contributor

What an amazing experience, Chris. I’ve seen cheetahs a few times on my trips to Londo, but never hunting. That’s definitely on my bucket list!

Wendy Macnicol
Digital Tracker

Hi there Chris. A very interesting article. However – although I know Mom has to teach her sons how to “play with their food” to learn how to kill it, I find that bit always very hard to watch. However, thank you for the “hunt” and for all the good pics attached! Wendy M

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