Cheetah Monitoring

Join us in the Kalahari and observe these magnificent predators in their natural habitat.

Data Drives Action

Make a positive impact on cheetah conservation and create a lasting difference.

Your Presence Matters

Observe these fascinating creatures in the Kalahari and contribute to their protection.

Cheetah Monitoring & Conservation: Safeguarding the Icons of Speed

Khamab Kalahari: Cheetah Monitoring & Conservation in Action

Cheetah monitoring & conservation is a race against time. These sleek, spotted cats – the world’s fastest land mammal but in the Kalahari, speed alone isn’t enough. Cheetahs face a perilous future due to shrinking habitats, human conflict, and diminishing prey. Understanding cheetah ecology, behavior, and the vital role of research is essential to reverse their decline and preserve their iconic presence in Africa’s wild landscapes. From hunting strategies to raising cubs, discover why Khamab Kalahari Reserve’s cheetahs deserve our unwavering monitoring and protection.

Cheetah with tracking collar walking in Kalahari grassland

The Essence of the Cheetah

Side profile close-up of a cheetah, with vibrant colors and focused gaze.
Cheetahs spotted near a Kalahari Desert research camp

Superlative Sprinters & Solitary Strategists

Cheetah sprinting across the Kalahari plain, chasing prey
Drone image of four cheetahs feeding on a wildebeest carcass, showcasing a unique aerial perspective.
A cheetah feeds on a red hartebeest carcass at sunset, its head turned to scan for potential threats.

Cheetah Monitoring: A Fragile Existence

Threats and the Crucial Need for Conservation

Cheetah perched high in a tree, surveying the Kalahari landscape.
Cheetah against a Kalahari sunset on a pan
Cheetahs chasing a young oryx calf in the Kalahari
Close-up image of a cheetah with a blood-covered face while feeding on its prey.
Cheetah Hunting a Springbok
Aerial Footage of Cheetahs on a Pan

Conservation: Research, Cheetah Monitoring, and the Path Forward

The Power of Data

Research and effective cheetah monitoring are the cornerstones of cheetah conservation. Studying their population dynamics, movement patterns, and hunting strategies provides critical information for targeted conservation efforts.

Holistic Approach

Effective conservation requires addressing habitat protection, mitigating human-wildlife conflicts, educating communities, and combating illegal trade.

Monitoring at Khamab

Working with Wildlife actively performs cheetah monitoring on Khamab Kalahari Reserve to determine kill frequency, prey selection, and territories. Population estimates are made by identifying individual animals through their unique spot patterns, using these several methods:

  • Satellite Tracking: Select cheetahs are fitted with satellite collars to track their movements and identify key marking posts and play trees – typically angled shepherd trees where they climb, urinate, and/or defecate to leave scent messages. These scent markers are more vital than vocal calls for cheetahs to find mates or rivals.
  • Camera Trapping: We strategically position camera traps around these identified marking sites. Photos allow for identification of other cheetahs in the area based on their hind leg and tail spot patterns.
  • Population Dynamics: Building a database through this combined approach allows for cheetah population estimates and insights into their social structure.

Why It Matters

Cheetahs, as apex predators, are ecological ‘thermometers.’ Threats they face are often early warning signs of issues impacting the broader Kalahari. Bush encroachment is eroding suitable cheetah habitat, further placing pressure on populations. Much like African wild dogs, cheetahs are prolific hunters, and their impact must not be underestimated.

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