what to see / Cheetah

Introduction: The cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus) is the fastest land mammal and can reach speeds of up to 105 km/h. As it can only keep this pace up for 300 - 400 metres, stalking their prey to a distance of around 50m is preferred before setting off on the chase. Males form coalitions whilst females remain solitary. Cheetahs are at home in either open grasslands or savannah woodland and often utilize the fringes of desert. Their occurrence is usually governed by availability of specific prey species. They are not found in forest or woodland with thick underbush or tall grass cover, although they will use these habitats for shelter. Water is not essential to their survival as they can survive on the moisture from their prey. Distribution: Namibia is home to a large portion of the world's remaining cheetah population and anyone visiting the country should take the time to visit either the Okonjima Lodge or Okonjima Bush Camp to learn about the work been done by the AfriCat... read more  Read More