About the Cheetahs
Cheetahs have a slender body with long legs, a small head with distinct and unique dark stripe called the tear marks. This you will from the inside corner of their eyes to their mouth . They have semi retractable claws which help them to maintain grip whilst running. It’s difficult to tell the male cheetahs apart from the female cheetahs but usually males tend to be a bit bigger.
Cheetahs can be usually found in the forests or in the bush, but will go to the arid areas for their hunting.
Cheetahs are more active during sunrise and sunset but they can also hunt during the warmest time of the day. They prefer to rest in a place with a clear view. The males are usually in pairs, but the females are solitary or with the cubs. Males usually form groups called coalitions which means the brothers sticks together to live and hunt together.
Home ranges overlap and although males mark their territories with urine, not all of them demonstrate territorial behaviour. The cheetah is the fastest animal on land and relies on its speed to overtake and catch its prey.
What do they usually feast on? The Impala, springbok and other small antelope, calves of larger antelope, ground-living birds, such as korhaans and guinea-fowl as well as hares and porcupines. Coalitions of males, like 2 or 3 brothers, usually can take down bigger prey, such as young zebra, wildebeest, and even kudu.
Why are these species are becoming extinct:
- Reduced ability to survive in protected areas due to the presence of bigger predators such as the lion and hyena.
- Loss of habitat and decrease of prey within an environment
- Fragmentation of population leading to inbreeding and number depletion.
- Public lack of knowledge
- Lack of self-sustaining captive population
Did you know that ? They can have 1-9 cubs but usually 3-5 are born any time during the year after a gestation period of about 3 months.