The Cheetah

16 Nov 2014


Ranger Rom Hi Guys!

I don’t think I would ever want to do a 100m sprint with a cheetah!

The cheetah is the fastest land animal and can reach speeds of 114km/hour, but only for very short distances.

Female cheetahs are solitary and will take care of the cute cubs on their own. When we were in the bush we found a cheetah with four cubs. It was very evident that the female takes good care of her cubs. The cubs will stay with their mother for around two years and will learn vital skills for survival like hunting and hiding from enemies such as the hyena and lion.

Male cheetahs are more social and live in coalitions, so if you see a few adult cheetahs together it is likely to be all males. Males are also territorial and will mark their territory by urinating on trees and terminate mounds.

If you want to see a cheetah hunting, the best time is during the day, unlike lions and leopards which will hunt at night most of the time.

Their bodies are very light and designed for speed. Luckily it is very unlikely for a cheetah to attack humans… or friendly tortoises for that matter!


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