The Cheetahs of Maasai Mara

The Masai Mara National Park is home to Wildebeests, Zebras, Giraffes, Hyenas, Lions, Buffaloes the beautiful Cheetahs and many more.

As we had our Morning Game drive in Masai Mara National Park at the edge of  Serengeti National Park we found the Cheetahs enjoying the Vitamin D from the sunshine.

Even when we were very excited and taking photos of them, they kept rolling on the ground and stretching as if they had not seen us.

They were very relaxed and some where even grooming themselves as others were getting up and walking away.

Perhaps it was because we had disturbed their Morning Nap.

It was very beautiful to observe them for a while.

 About the Cheetahs


Many people can easily mix up the Cheetahs and the Leopards  because of their body spots. Cheetahs have spots and they are clear, single black spots whereas Leopards have rosettes.

Individual Cheetahs can be identified by coat marking and the black rings on the last third of the tail.

According to the book titled Animal Farm ‘All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others’ this applies to the Cheetah because of its electrifying speed of 114kph {96km/hour} in like 3 seconds.

It’s said that the Cheetahs large nostrils and an enlarged heart and lungs help it be the world’s fastest land wild animal

The Cheetahs long tail helps it balance while the claws help it maintain traction on the ground.

At 54kgs the Cheetahs are said to be the smallest of the big cats.

When a cheetah gives birth to cubs, they normally hide them in the long grass to protect them.

Unlike other big cats the Cheetahs hurt during the day because they have poor night vison.

Even with their speed Cheetahs cannot climb trees.

Kenya has around 710 and 793 individuals while Tanzania has around 569 to 1007 individuals.

According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature {IUCN} states that Cheetahs are threatened by habitat loss, conflicts with farmers and have ow genetic diversity that’s why they are considered to be vulnerable of extinction.

Around the world they can be found Eastern, Central and Southwestern Africa.

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