Cheetah coalition caught, collared and released at the CCB Western Kalahari base in the Ghanzi farmlands
This June, CCB’s Ghanzi Research team fitted one male cheetah with a GPS satellite collar. The cheetah was one member of a coalition of 3 male animals which range and hunt together. His two brothers were also captured and marked but only one collar is needed to monitor the group. The collar records the location of the cheetah up to 8 times per day. Every five days the data is sent to CCB researchers via a satellite network. The cheetah locations will be used to determine the animal’s home range and find key areas that are especially important cheetah habitat. The Ghanzi team will visit the sites that the cheetahs use most often and hope to find out what kind of local habitats the cheetahs are using and why. So far, the Ghanzi team have found that the cheetah are moving between adjacent game and cattle farms. Some recent GPS locations can be seen on the map below. The cheetah have returned to their capture site several times and are doing well. Our next challenge will be to capture a female cheetah in the same area and determine if female cheetahs in Ghanzi use habitats differently from male cheetahs.