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Barry Bath

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Barry grew up in Johannesburg and knew from a young age that he had a true love for the African bush yet it was only after spending several years in the corporate world in Europe, followed by a two year sabbatical of traveling ...

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on The Trials and Tribulations of a Mother Cheetah

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Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

I thoroughly enjoyed and appreciated this blog Barry and your accompanying photos. I’ve always had an affinity for cheetahs knowing how difficult it is for them to survive in the bush and actually was shocked at your 5% survival statistic. I know how difficult it is to track or view cheetahs as it seems they can conceal themselves more easily than leopards. With all the “Save the” campaigns, perhaps more attention needs to be directed towards cheetahs. Fingers crossed she will be able to raise her cub to adulthood….

Lisa
Explorer

It’s always sad to lose a cheetah. Like the Tsalala female, cheetahs will always be one of my favourite animals. I wish more could be done to save these precious creatures.

Valmai Vorster
Master Tracker

Barry what a lovely storie and stunning foto’s of the Cheetah and her cubs. They are so beautiful and so furry, I love those black markings beside their nose to there mouth. Unfortunately now there is only one cub left and I feel so sad, because the Cheetah have difficulty in raising the cubs to adulthood. Hope this one cub makes it to adulthood and starts their own family.

Valmai Vorster
Master Tracker

Barry what was the little cub looking at in the road.

Francesca Doria
Master Tracker

I am in awe anytime I see one. Unfortunately my first cheetah view was at a zoo when I was a child, it was caged. One of the saddest view in the world that haunted me. Even with the loss of the wonderful cub my heart flatters when I see them wild and free.

Jane Retief Thomson
Digital Ranger

Lovely blog Barry, I could feel the excitement of the first time you saw her and the sadness when one of the cubs was gone – hopefully the second one reaches maturity .

Marcia Parker
Digital Tracker

Cheetahs are pretty spectacular animals! Who wouldn’t be impressed with their speed and beauty?
I enjoyed all the photos in this post… especially Patrick’s pic of the two cubs. The dramatic centering of the one cub staring straight at me. It took me awhile to even see the second cub. Great!

Christa Blessing
Master Tracker

Great photos, Barry and a lovely article on this cheetah mum and her cubs. They are also one of my favorite animals and I love following and watching them. I really admire cheetah mothers who have to work and fight so hard to bring up their little ones, especially if there are several cubs.

William Paynter
Digital Tracker

Barry, what a lovely story . Cheetah’s have always been one of my favorite animals. I guess because they are so fast and I admire anything that can run at a fast pace. Sorry to see the loss of a cub, hope she is successful in raising the remaining cub. Thanks again.

Vin Beni
Guest contributor

On our very first day at Londolozi, we witnessed a cheetah stalking and killing an impala. When the call came on the radio that there was a cheetah siting, our guide took us on a wild ride to get to the site. The entire sequence took over 2 hours and was quite suspenseful. The takedown occurred less than 20 meters from the vehicle after the cheetah led the charge directly at our vehicle. The cheetah called for its 2 cubs to finish the kill. We had no idea how “special” this siting was until our guide and tracker informed us that this was a first for them.

Suzanne Gibson
Guest contributor

Fabulous blog, Barry. At what age do the cubs become independent on average – is it similar to leopard cubs?

Lisa Antell
Digital Tracker

Cheetahs are my very favorite cat! Of course, my favorite cat is often the one that I am with at that moment and all cats are supremely beautiful, but cheetahs and their cubbies will always hold a very special place in my heart, ever since I saw them hunting in eastern Serengeti on my very first safari!

Barbara Wallace
Senior Digital Ranger

Barry, I was shocked to read that only 5% of cheetah cubs survive to adulthood. Is that normal for all the big cats? Thank you for the fabulous photos.

Michael and Terri Klauber
Guest contributor

Barry, What a magical experience! We love seeing Cheetah too, but for you to find cubs is the “Holy Grail”! Hoping that cub makes it – fingers crossed!

Cally Staniland
Master Tracker

What a super blog Barry and well worth waiting for, as I have not been able to catch up on the Londolozi world for sometime now. I too put the cheetah on the top of my list as they are so very vulnerable and rarely seen. I have only ever seen cheetah once. Three youngish males together right on the side of a quiet dirt road in the KNP about 30 years ago ! I was lucky to have them all to myself for over an hour and will remember it forever. I would give my eye teeth to see a mother and her cubs though…what a rare treat indeed.

Paul Canales
Master Tracker

Cheetahs are my all time favorites amongst the big cats Barry, and your lovely blog about this cheetah and her cub only endears me to them more. Here’s to rooting for this cheetah mom and her cub, and looking forward to hearing how they’re faring in the future!

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