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CHEETAH VISIT:

Be up and close with one of the most gracious cat species in the world, namely the cheetah. Clients experiencing this special activity always reflect these experiences of being close to the cheetahs as one of their highlights, a truly magical experience. Guests are allowed to spend time interacting with the cheetahs by stroking and petting the cheetahs and feeding them.

Cheetahs can be one of the most dorsal and loving cat species on earth. They love attention and have a consistent temperament. The cheetah is a very sensitive animal and therefore every care is taken to minimise their stress when being exposed to guests. This activity is safe while precautions are in place to ensure safety but it remains at the owners own risks to enjoy this humbling experience.

The cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus) is a large feline inhabiting in Africa. It is the only extant member of the genus Acinonyx. The cheetah can run faster than any other land animal— as fast as 96 to 104 km/h (60 to 65 mph ) in short bursts covering distances up to 500 m (1,600 ft), and has the ability to accelerate from 0 to over 100 km/h (62 mph) in five seconds.

This cat is also notable for modifications in the species' paws. It is one of the few felids with semi-retractable claws. The cheetah's excellent eyesight helps it find prey during the day. Sometimes it perches on high places and watches for prey.

When it sights prey, the cheetah often begins to stalk. It creeps as close as possible before the attack. It may lift its head high to keep the prey in sight. But it keeps its body hidden. The cheetah is hard to see because its spotted coat blends with the tall, dry grass of the plains. Suddenly, the cheetah makes a lightning dash.
It knocks its prey to the ground and then bites its throat. Once found throughout Asia and Africa, cheetahs today are perceived as racing toward extinction. Namibia is considered as the capital of the cheetahs.

Adult cheetahs weigh from 86 to 143 pounds (39 to 65 kilograms). Cheetahs eat small- to medium-size animals, such as hares, impalas, wildebeest calves, and gazelles. After a chase, a cheetah needs half an hour to catch its breath before it can eat. When a cheetah is running at top speed, it covers about 23 feet (7.3 meters) in only four footfalls. Female cheetahs usually bear three to five cubs in a litter. Cheetahs live and hunt mainly in open grasslands and bushy areas in parts of Africa.

A cheetah's head and body grow to 44 to 53 inches (112 to 135 centimeters) long. Its tail, fully grown, measures 26 to 33 inches (66 to 84 centimeters) long. Cheetah cubs stay with their mothers until they are 12 to 20 months old.

Experiencing the interaction of these magnificent creatures. Once you felt the touch of their fur under your hand, a piece of your heart will always stay behind in Namibia, Africa....

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