Sightings with Purpose
Sanctuary Kusini and its Southern Serengeti plains are famous for their high cheetah population. For years, our guests have shared unforgettable moments with these majestic hunters. However, this may not be the case for long. Cheetahs are now designated as vulnerable to extinction on the IUCN Red List. Due to habitat loss and human conflict, there are only very few cheetahs left in a free roaming, wild environment. This means that the Serengeti is one of their last remaining strongholds.
Should you be lucky enough to spot a cheetah while on safari in Sanctuary Kusini (or another of our camps), your sighting can contribute to the Serengeti Cheetah Project. Here is how and why you should do it:
Set up in 1974, the Serengeti Cheetah Project studies the cheetah population living in the Southern Serengeti. Since it was established, the project's research has delivered invaluable information on cheetah behaviour, ecology, ranging, social patterns, and more.
As the Serengeti is so wide and vast, it can be challenging to monitor all individuals. This is where you can contribute.
Your photographs can help ID different individuals thus allowing the project to map and monitor their ranging pattern. Furthermore, by including detailed information about the animal's behaviour during your sighting (your guide will be able to assist you with this if necessary), it will allow the researchers to learn more about your cheetah(s).
By contributing to the Serengeti Cheetah Project, your sighting will be recorded and analysed, helping to create a clearer picture of how cheetahs live. The project will also be able to tell you whether your cheetah was known to them or not, along with information about the animal's history. Receiving this information will be a welcomed reminder of your time with the cheetah, taking you back to that particular encounter with the "black-tear beauty" of the savannah…
While in Sanctuary Kusini please let us know if you wish to take part in the Serengeti Cheetah Project and our managers and guides will happily assist you.
To contribute to the project:
The best photographs to send are full side-on views as the side of the stomach used to identify unique spot patterns.
Once you have taken your photographs you can give a reduced file size version to either the camp managers or send them directly to firstname.lastname@example.org
To find out more about our philanthropy project with the Serengeti Cheetah Project then please contact us.
If you choose to visit Sanctuary Kusini, you can watch a presentation on the Serengeti Cheetah Project. Please enquire with the camp managers or your guide.