Anne Hilborn

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Fieldwork 2014

August 2014


So leaving behind the story of Asti, let's move on to an appreciation of a young female named Sheridan.  She has been hanging around a beautiful area known as Sopa Valley, a small valley tucked away to the west of Seronera.  It is bounded by wooded hills, but the valley is fairly open with big spreading acacias and areas of long grass plains.  There aren’t many roads so it isn’t swarming with cars, and the only drawback is one or two too many tetse flies.  It is a very pleasant place to spend the day, and if you are with a slightly pissed off looking cheetah who is hunting, it is even better.


Sherdian possess a very sweet face that for some reason is always set is a pissed off expression.  It's as if her face really did freeze like that when she was young.  In fact it is so marked that I was able to recognize her because of it.  I would approach a random cheetah, see that it was a female...think to myself 'oh what a sweetie!' then notice the narrowed eyes and laid back ears and say 'Aha, I bet that is Sheridan'.

Sheridan- Master of looking unamused

One of the days I followed her she went after a male Thomson’s gazelle.  I really thought she had him, but he managed to escape.  This did not seem to improve her mood.

A gazelle innocently walks along

Wait...Is that a cheetah butt in the grass?

And they're off!

Cheetahs are faster, but gazelles can out manuever them with quick changes in direction

She gets so close!

But ultimately fails

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