Cheetah on a kill at Ngala Game Lodge
Thrilling experience at Ngala Lodge, Large male cheetah on a kill, right next to the road.
Some Interesting facts about these beautiful animals:
The fastest land animal in the world, a cheetah can reach 69.5 mph in just three seconds – faster than a sports car accelerates. Its body has evolved for speed, with long legs, an elongated spine, adapted claws to grip the ground and a long tail for balance.
These big cats’ bodies grow to between 3.5 and 4.5 feet long, plus a tail measuring 25.5 to 31.5 inches. Their weight ranges from 77-143 pounds, males being slightly heavier.
In the hunt, Cheetahs first use their exceptional eyesight to scan their surroundings before quietly stalking their chosen prey. Then, when the time is right, they sprint from cover, knock down their victim and kill it with a bite to the throat.
Cheetahs are usually found in groups, consisting of either a mother and her young, siblings (who stay together for around six months after leaving the mother) or a coalition of males who live and hunt together. Adult females, however, tend to be solitary and only meet with males to mate.