Monday, September 28, 2009

Random Cheetah Photos

Cute Baby Cheetah Cub-Cincinnati Zoo

A video of the cutest little Cheetah Cub playing with it's blanket!

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Mother & Cubs Pics - Basel Zoo

September 9, 2009 these adorable cheetah cubs posed for some photos with their mother at the Basel Zoo in Switzerland. Check out these great shots:

Friday, September 25, 2009

Pawprints "Fingerprints" can now identify Cheetahs

King Cheetah

King Cheetah - Acinonyx jubatus rex

The King Cheetah is an extremely rare, regal and strikingly beautiful animal. At one time it was considered to be a separate subspecies. Main difference between our King Cheetah and the normal standard spotted Cheetah is that its coat pattern differs distinctively. The standard Cheetah's coat is generally a yellow or golden color with a circular spotted pattern of small black markings. The King Cheetah has spots that run together to form several (usually three) black stripes down its back from the crest of its neck to the top of the tail. They also sport dark patch shaped markings, irregular in size and shape along their sides and flanks.

There are estimated to be less than ten king cheetah living in the wild and the total world population is around 60 animals. Most of the ones in captivity were bred at the De Wildt Cheetah Centre in South Africa which has been very successful in raising them.

Are King Cheetah Pictures on Safari Possible?

Possible, but highly unlikely. The animal was regarded as a myth because it was seen so infrequently and between 1926 when it was first reported in Zimbabwe and 1975 when the first ever photograph was taken of one in the Kruger National Park there were only five reported sightings.

Your best bet of seeing one in the wild would seem to be the Timbavati area of the Kruger Park but you could drive around for a very long time and never find it.

King Cheetah Family

In captivity the best place to see them is at the De Wildt centre where there are a number of them and they have been so successful with the breeding program that several have been exported to zoos worldwide.

The birth of a king cheetah at the centre in 1981 to normal parents put paid to theories that it was a separate subspecies and launched the breeding program that contributed to the majority of the worlds population of king cheetah being descendants of the De Wildt cats.

The unique coat pattern is as a result of a recessive gene mutation similar to that of the black leopard which needs to be present in both parents.

Cubs! Cubs! Cubs!

Fast Cheetah Facts:

  • Female Cheetahs have been known to catch live prey for their cubs to use as hunting practice.

  • The Cheetah was trained by man for hunting as long as 3000 BC

  • Cheetahs were once raced against greyhounds

  • The Cheetah makes facial expressions, using the bold black lines around its muzzle to signal its mood.

  • From a standstill, the cheetah can reach its top speed in about 3 seconds, and can cover almost 33 inches in a single stride.

  • Fastest land mammal on Earth; over short distances it can reach a speed of over 60 mph

  • Cheetah cubs are born with long, grey fur. Some naturalists think that this mimics the ratel, a fierce relative of the badger that few animals dare attack

  • Cheetahs don't need to drink water, as they get the moisture they need from the bodies of their prey.

  • Cheetahs are the only cats that, while sprinting, can turn in midair to follow their prey.

  • Cheetah cubs have a long mane on their neck and shoulders that disappears as they get older.

  • Cheetahs can accelerate to freeway speeds in just a few strides!
  • The cheetah cannot roar like other big cats. However, it can purr while inhaling.
  • Unlike other big cats, Cheetahs cannot climb trees and have poor night-vison.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

My Flickr Cheetah Pics!

Chillin' !

Check out my Cheetah Group on Flickr:

Cheetah Movies

Here's some Cheetah Video to check out..

Check out this Cheetah Mosaic I made:

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Just Cheetahs

Welcome to my new Cheetah Blog! As you can tell, I LOVE Cheetahs and I want to share my Cheetah stuff with you!

First off, here's a story about a woman that LIVES with 4 Cheetahs..amongst a few other big cats. If I lived with Cheetahs, only one house rule: they would NOT be allowed on the kitchen counter, though... lol