Sunday, October 12, 2014

Did You Know There Are Two Cheetah Brothers Named Richard and Armitage?

Richard and Armitage

I didn't know about them, did you? Or maybe I just don't remember?

From the Serengeti Cheetah Project Blog:

The first follow I tried was out on the eastern edge of the park in an beautiful area called Barafu.  I found two brothers named Richard and Armitage early in the morning, and followed them as they marked their territory, took a snooze in the long grass and then sauntered towards a small kopje (rocky outcropping).  Unlike mothers with cubs, male cheetahs don't have to worry too much about other predators so they have a much more nonchalant and confident way of walking.  They strolled up to the kopje and were about 30m away when they noticed there was a male lion resting in the shade of a tree.  One of them did a quick about face and walked away but the other stood there staring at the lion for a while until it stood up.  Then deciding discretion is the better part of valour, he too turned around and walked away.  They meandered down into a dry river bed where suddenly a lost baby wildebeest appeared.  20 seconds later they had it, and I was cursing as I tried to drive over extremely rough and broken ground to get to them to collect data.

If interested you can follow her blog:

Sadly from the last report they (Richard and Armitage) seem to be going through a difficult time right now. It's tough to be a cheetah, almost as tough as being an actor! Luckily our own lovely Richard is having fun working on his new film.

They also have a Facebook page:

Wonder if Richard knows about cheetah brothers Richard and Armitage.


  1. And Anne is probably wondering why there is so much traffic to a three month old posting.

    1. I think you are way overestimating the number of people that read my blog :) I hope that if she does have an increase in traffic that she doesn't mind it, even if it's not about the research. Though you never know, a few might find they are interested in it. I did worry for a second about possible comments to her blog, but hope people's better nature prevails.

  2. I didn't know about this. Fascinating!


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