Cheetahs in Uganda ~ Acinonyx jubatus

  1. Animals
  2. Cheetahs in Uganda
  • Life span: 12 years
  • Weight: 21 – 72 kg
  • Height: 67 – 94 cm


Cheetahs in Uganda: In Uganda, Cheetahs are traditionally present in only in the vicinity of Kidepo Valley national park. Though several sightings in north Murchison falls national park in 2002 suggests that they might yet be re-colonies this park.

Superficially similar to the Leopards, the cheetah is the most diurnal of the Africa’s cat species, and it hunts using speed as opposed to stealth. Cheetahs are the fastest land mammals, capable of running up to 70km/hr in short bursts. Male cheetahs are strongly territorial and in some area they commonly defend their territory in pair or trios. Cheetahs are the least powerful of the large predators: they are chased from a higher percentage of their kill and 50% of the cheetah cubs are killed by other predators before they reach three (03) months of age. Like leopards, Cheetahs are heavily spotted and solitary in their habits, but their greyhound-like build,  distinctive black tea marks and preference for grasslands and Savannah habitats precludes confusion.

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