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Jess Shillaw

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Jess was born in Kwazulu/Natal but grew up in Cape Town. Having an innate love for all things wild but getting to spend little time in the bush while growing up, she headed straight for the Lowveld after school. She completed a guiding ...

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Fantastic blog Jess describing this mother cheetah and her success thus far in raising her male cub. It seems in just a few months he will be sent off on his own journey, to find his own space to live and hunt. It’s wonderful that you’ve been able to view this pair in a somewhat regular basis, considering there’s just the two of them and their territory is not finite. I hope they both continue to thrive and maybe next year I will be able to see her with a new family.

Yes it is a huge task for the mother. The cub may join a coalition when independent, I keep in mind the Tano Bora coalition in Masai Mara, known as the Fast Five (now reduced to three as two died), composed of 5 males from different origins, only two being brothers, who put down large prey such as wildebeest. I wish them the greatest success!

The opportunity to observe the mother engaging with her cub is incredibele.
The cub mimics the mother exactly, and their craning necks move their heads from side to side constantly.
A cheetah going from resting to full speed is one of the most athletic feats I have ever seen.

Cheetahs are one of the most fascinating animals and I appreciate your attention top these amazing cats. Because they are down the chain in the Cat family they must be even more clever, cunning and adept at change than most others. Please keep us posted as her little one grows. Perhaps their population will increase though it seems somehat stagnant since 2017

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Beautiful pictures of cheetahs. They are so magical to see

Have any ability to see that cheetah is amazing. It surprises me that it is not on peoples list… As every time I come even though I know the possibility is so slim I asked to try to see one – eternal optimist over here!

Jess it is wonderful to see these two Cheetah on Londolozi and that they are doing well for themselves. Mother Cheetah is a magnificent mother in all aspects from raising her male cub, to feeding him and protecting him from every possible predator. Love the foto’s and those amazing eyes have the most beautiful colour.

Cheetah’s are beautiful animals Jess and they unfortunately live a precarious life among the other predators. Thanks for this interesting blog.

Cheetahs are simply amazing to see and watch in hunting action!

Wonderful! Hopefully this mother cheetah will stay longer. Any sightings of a male adult that might continue this bloodline?

Jesss, thanks for the update on the Cheetah’s at Londolozi. Beautiful pictures of both the mother and son.

Thank you Jess for this super interesting and fantastic account of the mother cheetah and her male cub. Cheetah have been my favorite of the cats ever since I saw a documentary on them as a child, and it is heartening to see these two not only survive, but seemingly thrive, on Londolozi. What a treat to have them around the reserve for an extended period of time!

A great blog, Jess, on these beautiful animals. I do admire cheetah mothers because it is so difficult for them to bring up their cubs, certainly much more difficult than it is for other predators. So, thumbs up for this mother and her young son. I hope she will thrive and her son as well.

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