The animals that inhabit our national parks capture our curiosity and our hearts. The opportunity to see these animals in their natural setting has become a major attraction to parks such as Masai Mara. Today we look at some facts about the cheetah.
- The word Cheetah is derived from the Hindi word “Chita” meaning spotted one.
- It is the fastest land animal reaching speeds of 45-70 mph.
- It has a small head with high set eyes, large chest, narrow waist and long thin legs. The most well-known feature is the distinct black “tear mark” which runs from the inside corner of the eye down the corner of the mouth.
- It prefers to live in open grasslands, savannas, dense vegetation, and sometimes mountainous terrain.
- The cheetah has a gestation period of 90 – 98 days giving birth to a litter of 3-5 cubs.
- They communicate through vocalizations such as purrs, bleats, barks, growls, hisses, and a high pitched chirping sound. Another way to communicate is through marking.
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