Facts about Cheetahs – Pt 1

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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.

  1. The word Cheetah is derived from the Hindi word “Chita” meaning spotted one.
  2. It is the fastest land animal reaching speeds of 45-70 mph.
  3. 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.
  4. It prefers to live in open grasslands, savannas, dense vegetation, and sometimes mountainous terrain.
  5. The cheetah has a gestation period of 90 – 98 days giving birth to a litter of 3-5 cubs.
  6. They communicate through vocalizations such as purrs, bleats, barks, growls, hisses, and a high pitched chirping sound. Another way to communicate is through marking.

Masai Mara is one park that never disappoints when it comes to wildlife. Follow http://bit.ly/1bnrw4b for packages to Masai Mara.