New cheetah identified
As a result of our close work with the Serengeti Cheetah Project, Sanctuary Kusini has recently identified 4 new cheetah cubs...
At Sanctuary Kusini, we work closely with the Serengeti Cheetah project which helps to monitor the demographics of the cheetah in the area, one of the last remaining ecosystems where cheetahs exist.
Our guides have intimate knowledge of the area and have received in depth training through the project on identification, habits and movements of cheetah. Whenever our guides and guests spot a cheetah we submit our photos for identification by the Serengeti Cheetah Project. As a result, we're pleased to share with you that we have recently identified four new cheetahs!
Chris, the manager at Kusini, took these photos in August, and the team have since been busy identifying them.
Chris kept his distance as mum was clearly nervous
"Kusini the cheetah was named after Kusini Camp as a thank you for all the help the camp and their visiting guests give collecting pictures for the Serengeti Cheetah Watch Campaign. She was first seen in mid-2005 as a young cub with her mother who was only known as 3327FC, she was the only cub in her litter. She had never been seen with a cub of her own until the middle of 2011 when she introduced us to HON803F, although as she was nearly six years old when she had her, it is likely that Kusini has tried to rear cubs unsuccessfully in the past. HON803F has recently become independent and has been seen around Ndutu area of the Serengeti.
"These cubs are now known on the projects database as CW1863C1, CW1863C2, CW1863C3 and CW1863C4. It was the first sighting we've had of Kusini for about a year and a half so it's good to have her back!" Helen, The Serengeti Cheetah Project
Read more on our Serengeti Cheetah Project.