We count ourselves really lucky when we see these guys as there are only around 200 animals in Kruger!
Normally solitary, the cubs stay with their mother until they are about a year old. Often live in small groups with strong social bonds. Males hold territories for a long time or they are nomads. They mark their territories by spraying urine
Gestation is about 3 months. Cubs are born altricial and are moved around for about 2 months. They eat solids after about 6 weeks, they’re weaned after about 3 months and at about 5 months the mother brings them live food
Rare and totally protected they were extinct in natal in the early 1930’s, but stock from Namibia was released into Hluhluwe & St. Lucia later on
King cheetah are not a different species but a natural gene phenomenon. Can be found in Kruger.
Mass: male=50kg female=40kg
Cheetahs are part of the family – Felidae. They have a digigrade foot structure, retractile claws (cheetah is the only true cat that can’t retract its claws) & round heads. Cats have superior binocular, colour vision which adapt to darkness quickly, they also have sharp papillae on their tongue & carnassial teeth. Their life expectancy in the wild is around 16 years