Friday, 15 November 2019

Cheetah 5

Social behavior or big cats may vary widely. Tigers are solitary animals whereas lions live in prides. Cheetahs are not as solitary as tigers, neither do they live in big prides. Female cheetahs mostly stay and hunt alone. They stay with their cubs until they are about 2 years old. Then the cubs separate from the mother. Male cheetahs sometimes make coalition to make their lives easier in the wild. The famous 5 brothers of Masai Mara are an example of such a coalition. Cheetahs start reproducing at a very young age. Females give birth to 2 to 8 cubs at a time. The mother takes care of the young all by herself.

Cheetahs are the only big cats that cannot roar, but they can meow. They also purr when they are close to other cheetahs. They live in dry savannahs and can survive without drinking water for upto 3 days.

This magnificent beauty is now on vulnerable list for extinction according to IUCN red list. The biggest threats against their survival is poaching, loss of habitat and higher degree of competition from other big cats or scavengers due to limited habitat. With only a few thousand individuals left in the wild, a day might come when seeing a cheetah in the wild is not an option anymore, unless we stop encroaching into cheetah and other big cats habitat.

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