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Cheetah

 

I’m not a cat person, I do admire them their physical characteristics the way they hunt their agility and how nice they are as kittens, you are a cat person or not and I’m not.  I got very close to cheetahs in Mkuze, KwaZulu-it was a great privilege, amazing creatures with uncanny behaviour and similarities to the common moggy. You spend all your life watching documentaries or reading about African animals but to see them in the fur (in this case) it’s amazing.

 

Their whole physique is built for speed, they are the Ferrari of cats (jaguar would be confusing), large nostrils, light weight muscular body, high capacity lungs, large liver, flexible spine, a stride in flight of 7- 8 meters and reaching breath taking speeds of over 110 km an hour in around 3 seconds.  When in chase only one foot touches the ground at a time and at two points in the stride they don’t touch the ground at all.

When hunting the cat will stalk its prey till it gets within 10 to 30 meters of the victim and may chase it for up to a minute.  When they catch it they bite it at the front of the neck to quickly suffocate it. When they are eating or resting they purr.

 

Females live on their own, they rare their cubs as a single parent with no input from males. They have litters of 2-4 cubs. The first 18 months of a cub's life are important - cubs learn many lessons because survival depends on knowing how to hunt wild prey species and avoid other predators such as leopards, lions, hyenas, and baboons.  At 18 months old, the mother leaves the cubs, and they then form a sibling group that will stay together for another 6 months.  At about 2 years, the female siblings leave the group, and the young males remain together for life.  Males live alone or in coalitions made up of brothers from the same litter. Some coalitions maintain territories in order to find females with which they will mate. Territories are often located in areas where there is a rich supply of wild game and/or water.  Fierce fights between male coalitions, resulting in serious injury or death can occur when defending territories.

 

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