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The Masai Mara Cheetahs

Out of all the Big Cats, Cheetah is one of the world’s most-recognizable cats, known especially for its speed. These beautiful, graceful cats have very flexible spines and when they are sprinting, their spines flex and straighten allowing their powerful hind legs to achieve longer, more effective strides making them capable of reaching speeds of 110 kilometres per hour (70 miles per hour). They are able to accelerate from 0 to 64 kilometres per hour (40 miles per hour) in just 3 strides. Their long tails (28 inches) act as rudders and allows the Cheetah to achieve extremely tight turns when pursuing agile prey. In Kenya, you can spot these magnificent creatures while on a wildlife safari in Masai Mara Game Reserve See Masai Mara Safari Packages or by visiting some of Kenya’s National Parks and Reserves. Due to decline in numbers over the years, the Cheetah is now classed as a Critically Endangered Species by the IUCN. It is estimated that there are only between 10,000 and 12,000 cheetahs exist in the wild.

Cheetahs have a flexible and complex social structure. Adult females are solitary, while adult males are not. Adult females interact with adult males only long enough to breed, and females raise their cubs on their own. At 18 months, the mother leaves the cubs, who then form a sibling group that stays together for another six months. At about two years, the female siblings leave the group and become solitary, while the young males remain together for life in a group called a coalition. A coalition is usually made up of two to three littermates and is a very tightly bonded group. Cheetahs are territorial and they demarcate their territories with urine, faeces and sometime claw-raking.
Unlike most carnivores, cheetahs are primarily diurnal, hunting in the early morning and late afternoon. They usually prey on small antelopes such as Thomson’s gazelles and impalas, as well as the young of larger animals including warthog, kudu, hartebeest, oryx, roan and sable. They also eat game birds and small mammals like rabbits.

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