Honey the Cheetah: A photographic tribute.

Mar 21st, 2007, 10:17 AM
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Honey the Cheetah: A photographic tribute.

Alas I never saw her in the Mara but I know many of us did and took some nice photos.

Therefore on www.safaritalk.net I would like to compile a photographic tribute to her: my idea is to create a thread on which the photos are hosted - we can do this by either sending the images to me via email ([email protected] with a maximum size of 800x600 pixels - I will then save them to my host server (including when taken, and when) or provide me links to where they can be found and I can deal with the rest. All photographic credits will be provided.

Or the other option is to post on the thread, (with or without joining safaritalk) either linking to the photos with a text link or image link (again max size of linked to image must be 800 x 600 pix).

Please show your interest here and should there be enough people willing to submit their images I will proceed and post the link below. Without interest or images it seems pointless to create the photographic tribute.

Let me know what you think, I know the strength of feeling that her death has aroused.

Matt
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Mar 21st, 2007, 10:39 AM
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A cute idea Matt.
Sundowner and I have some recent photos of her, taken early Feb.
And I don't want to speak for her but maybe, between the two of us, we can find a couple of good ones.

Rest in peace, Honey.
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Mar 21st, 2007, 11:05 AM
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Matt - I would love to submit some photos of Honey and her with her cubs taken during my trip to the Mara September 2007. I think your idea is a wonderful tribute to her. She was a grand cheetah! Let's hope and pray that her last litter of cubs will survive and carry on her genes.
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Mar 21st, 2007, 11:09 AM
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Matt, emailed you one photo.
Also, here it is for now.
http://tinyurl.com/39tblr
regards - tom
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Mar 21st, 2007, 01:59 PM
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Thankyou Tom for the first submission: I have started the thread on www.safaritalk.net entitled:

Honey the cheetah - a tribute in photographs.

It can be found here

http://safaritalk.net/index.php?showtopic=222

I have had to reduce the max image size requirements to 600 x 400 as anything larger would affect download times and disrupt Safaritalk's formatting.

Instructions about how to post are found in my initial post - if anyone can think of anything that I should include please let me know and I'll edit it in.

Otherwise together let's try and build up a big archive of images which will be excellent to remember her by but also show others just how highly regarded she was / still is.

Thanks for getting involved,

Matt
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Mar 21st, 2007, 05:20 PM
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I have some from last august that I will email to yu. this is a beautiful ideas and tribute for an animal that gave so many of us such joy.
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Mar 22nd, 2007, 07:24 AM
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The thread is slowly taking shape, 2 images up now, and boy they are nice!

Thanks to Tom and John for contributing.

Matt
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Mar 22nd, 2007, 07:34 AM
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matt - i just emailed you my pic.
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Mar 22nd, 2007, 09:08 AM
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Matt:

Thanks for setting this up. My daughter Marisa in fact had created a tribute in Powerpoint over the weekend. Did not know how to post it.

However, at least Marisa can share a photo. She will be excited to hear about it. (Cannot get through to her at the moment. She is at work, a tour guide at Disneyland if you can imagine. Oh to be young and footloose and fancy free!)

Thanks again,

Kevin from California
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Mar 22nd, 2007, 02:53 PM
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As of 22.45 GMT the Honey thread on www.safaritalk.net,

http://safaritalk.net/index.php?showtopic=222

is coming along a treat, 7 wonderful photographs of her and the cubs. Again thank you to those who've submitted images and details, I hope everything is correct.

For those of us unlucky enough never to have "met" her this is a great way to at least know her.

Hope to see you on Safaritalk sometime, enjoy the images,

Matt
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Mar 22nd, 2007, 04:11 PM
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Wow -- Those pictures really convey something. I did not even know of this cheetah until I saw the various posts on here. I know that animals can evoke great emotion in people. Having just lost a dog I understand the great sadness that people experience when they lose a pet.

But until I looked at those pictures I really was just reading these posts about Honey with amusement. In fact a couple of times I thought to myself, come on guys, it is a wild animal -- not your life companion -- and death is a part of the circle of life on the African plains!

But then while I was surfing around here killing some time I thought I would look at the pictures. Suddenly I am saddened by her loss and I never knew her. I can see her personality in her eyes. I have seen a lot of cheetahs and can honestly say she just had a different look.

Do yourself a favor and look at those pictures. You may be moved as well.
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Mar 22nd, 2007, 04:33 PM
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Thankyou Sevendown for those meaningful words - as you can see she was a beautiful cat and I know what has upset many people, is that in addition to the fact of her death, is the way in which she needlessly died. And that is the great tragedy as there were many more years perhaps we could have shared with her, and one wonders how many more cubs she would have given birth to?

Take care,

Matt
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Mar 22nd, 2007, 05:21 PM
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Matt you must have ESP! Actually my family are such big Honey fans that I made a RIP PowerPoint of our pictures of her when she died.

Can I post that on the website?
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Mar 23rd, 2007, 04:06 AM
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There are now 14 reader submitted images on the Honey thread,

http://safaritalk.net/index.php?showtopic=222

Many thanks to those whom made submissions over night - I've emailed you personally.

A big thanks to John for allowing me to edit his image of Honey to use on the Safaritalk portal / contents page.

I have sent this link to a number of people, amongst others including Brian Heath from the Mara Conservancy, Wildlife Direct, Dr Laurie Marker, Simon King and Jonathon Scott c/o the BBC and Simon King's publicist, and Rebecca Klein from Cheetah Conservation Botswana.

I would hope that there is some recognition from these sources as there is very little mention made of Honey's death on the internet, other than the sources (including www.safaritalk.net) that we know of.

Feel free to pass the link on to anyone whom you feel might like to see the photographs and if you know anyone who has images of Honey please pass on my contact details so they can too become involved.

See you on Safaritalk,

Matthew.
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Mar 23rd, 2007, 02:24 PM
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A couple more images posted during the day, thanks to those who've submitted so far. And thanks all for a great response, a high number of hits on the thread itself, please feel free to make comment here or on the safaritalk thread about the images and any recollections you may have about seeing Honey in the Mara.

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Mar 24th, 2007, 10:19 AM
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Matt,

I've sent a couple of images of Honey to you via your e-mail link.

I saw and photographed Honey several times in the Mara in September 2005 when she had Toto with her. Toto was the beautiful 6 to 7 week old cub featured in the BBC's programme Big Cat Week with Jonathan Scott. We were on the Mara at the same time the programme was being filmed. Unfortunately, as most will know, little Toto didn't survive and his demise produced a similar feeling (in the UK at least) as with Honey's death.

It was only after the series was shown in the UK in July 2006 that one of the other presenters (Simon King) recognised the mother as Honey - he had filmed her a couple of years before and got to know here very well.

Honey was a very good mother. I think her first litter was in 2002 and I'm sure that two of them survived.

Toto died after we left the Mara but the memory of him bouncing along after Honey will stay with me for a long time. He was a fabulous little creature - full of spirit and mischief.

I was hoping to see Honey when we go out to the Mara again in September and so it's particularly sad that she is no more.

Constructive criticism from anyone on the images always welcome.

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Mar 24th, 2007, 06:31 PM
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The last two images from Chui have been uploaded taking the total now to 18 - beautiful shots. I've spoken with Rebecca Klein from Cheetah Conservation Botswana:

www.cheetahbotswana.com

And will be interviewing her soon.
In the meantime feel free to pass the Honey link on to any interested parties and should you know anyone who may have photographed her pass on my contact details so they can become involved too.

Take care,

Matt
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Mar 25th, 2007, 04:26 PM
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Four new images have been uploaded to the thread dating from 2003 and 2005 respectively.

I'm now off travelling for a week or so and will not be back until April 4th but in the meantime should you wish to submit any images to me just send them through: I'll try and reply personally to any emails whilst I'm away and will upload new images upon my return.

Take care for now,

Matt
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Apr 4th, 2007, 09:26 AM
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Having returned today from my New York trip (including a visit to the Bronx Zoo) I have had time to attend to www.safaritalk.net and aside from removing a stack of spam messages I have added 5 new images to the Honey tribute thread. Taken by Catherine Rouse in December 2006 the first three really show some great interaction between mum and cubs.

Take a look, you won't be disappointed.

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Nice additions, thanks.
regards - tom
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