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Nick Sims

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Nick was a ranger at Londolozi from 2018 - 2022. He always had a love for nature. Growing up in Johannesburg, the annual family trip to the bush (particularly the Kruger Lowveld region of South Africa) became an escape from city life. When ...

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on Escapades of a Cheetah Family

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Poor cheetahs living on the edge like impala . Do you know if there’s a dominant male in the area that may be the cubs father? Any more females? They are exquisite creatures

Hi Francesca, we do know of a dominant male in the area but I cannot say conclusively that he is the father. There a couple of females around but their nomadic nature makes it tricky to track their whereabouts constantly.

An ongoing saga of harrowing adventures/escapes!
Don’t recall previous mention of adult male cheetahs. Are they ever seen?

They are seen occasionally but sightings of them are erratic.

Great writeup!

It is really wonderful that this beautiful cheetah family has managed to escape all the dangers you have been witnessing so far. Keep my fingers crossed that their good luck will stay with them in the future as well. They are such amazing animals, especially the mother who has managed so well.

Great Blog Nick,- It was especially nice to share the amazing Cheetah sightings with you and off course we have a lot of similar photos -Look forward to next trip !

Thanks Tony! We were very fortunate to witness these sightings together. I’ve really enjoy the cheetah photographs that you’ve been sharing.

I’ll stayed tuned to watch the Cheetah Masterclass and to see how they apply it. That mother cheetah is tops in her field definitely.

Sean, lions🤗 and cheetah🤗

Sawn, 🤗chet

The three speedster are so beautiful. Sub adults are getting bigger and bigger and I am sure will be moving on on their own soon. Those eyes that stare at the impala is so compelling and I love those black lines from their eyes down to the side of their face. So clever to always stand on the ant mount to look even further in the distance for their next meal.

Nick, Luck certainly was with you to have witnessed these close shaves that the mother and her cubs have experienced recently 🙏🏻❤️ What fabulous photos and what an amazing mum she is to not only rear these cubs this far but to have managed to fend off I’m sure far more close encounters than you have actually witnessed. Amazing ‼️… and I pray that she and her cubs continue to thrive and stay close to Londolozi for all to enjoy.

A super article, Nick! I always feel so sorry for the Cheetah as he/she has a really tough life with so much danger around and not able to climb trees either – but even climbing trees wouldn’t perhaps help that much because Leopards also climb trees! Thanks again for the article and all the pics. They seem quite a handsome family of Cheetahs! Wendy M

Super blog Nick. It’s fantastic that several of you have been able to track this special family of cheetahs, witnessing their sometimes harrowing experiences. If the young males have learned anything in the past year and a half, it’s how to cut their losses and escape.

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