I hope you don’t tire of me sharing our trips with you from our visits into Addo. We truly are in a special part of the world to be able to see these magnificent animals any day of the week when Pete is home.
Can you believe 3 cheetah broke into the park and they have certainly made themselves at home and we finally saw them.
A quick cheetah lesson:
♥ Male cheetahs (usually brothers) form coalitions while females remain solitary.
♥ Cheetahs weight ranges between 21 – 72 kilograms but average around 60kg.
♥ The cheetah is the fastest land animal in the world reaching speeds of up to 110km/h and can accelerate from 0 to 100km/h in just 3 seconds and a single stride can cover about 7.6 meters. Only one paw touches the ground at any one time during a sprint.
♥ The Cheetah’s claws are semi-retractable enabling them to grip the ground helping them accelerate as they run.
♥ Their long tail acts as a rudder and helps to maintain their balance while chasing prey.
♥ A cheetah has amazing eyesight during the day and can spot prey from 5 km away.
♥ Cheetahs have black stripes running from the corners of their eyes down to the corner of their mouth. These help block out sunlight, which helps them in spotting prey.
♥ Cheetahs communicate through a series of chirps, barks and hisses.
Life isn’t always as I would like it to be either and one of the lioness (Josie) met with a bit of a feisty warthog who before becoming dinner left a lasting impression on her. I was hoping to see her 3 cubs but alas, they were well hidden. Don’t think mom was feeling all to well either as she flopped about every few steps before settling behind a bush to rest.