A video taken by ranger Rul on the 20th of November 2015 of a collared male cheetah feeding on an impala. It is believed that the cheetah was collared in the Timbavati region to the east of Balule for research purposes. Males can form coalitions of up to 6 and can have territories that varies from about 3000ha up to 15 000ha in size. Females in contrast would have a home range that will be a lot bigger.

This cheetah started to feed on the soft flesh of the hind legs and thighs displaying typical cheetah behavior. They are nervous feeders always looking out for other predators that might be attracted to the sound of alarm calls coming from the other impala. They cannot afford to get injured being reliant on speed for survival and are thus dominated by a lot of other predators and will abandon a kill at the first sight of potential danger.

They are the fastest land mammal and can reach speeds of up to 120 km/h and are able to accelerate from 0 – 100 in only 3 seconds.

Post by Robbie Prehn