We are proud and deeply honoured to be able to introduce two new baby King cheetahs to the world, at the Big Cat and Endangered Wildlife Centre, near Hoedspruit!
The magnificent and rare King cheetah was first discovered in 1926, where it was thought to be a completely new and exciting species – a strange hybrid between a cheetah and a leopard. Although we now know that it is not a new species, but in fact just a pattern variation of a normal spotted cheetah, no one can dispute the fact that the King cheetah is possibly the most beautiful of Africa’s wild cats.
King cheetahs have been reported in the wild, including a sighting in the Kruger National Park in 1974, but are incredibly rare, even in captivity. As the distinctive fur pattern is caused by a rare mutation of a recessive gene, both parents must carry the ‘King gene’ in order for the offspring to show off the spectacular markings of a King cheetah.
The mother of the cubs is not a King Cheetah herself, but carries the recessive gene, while the father is a King Cheetah himself.
And as if this wasn’t enough, a further nine ‘normal’ cheetah cubs have been born at the Centre in the last few months, and are all now walking and playing around, and keeping their mothers very busy!
So, if you would love to be a part of working with these beautiful cheetah, and volunteering at the Big Cat & Endangered Wildlife Centre, please give the Amanzi Travel team a call on +44 (0)117 253 0888 or email Gemma@amanzitravel.com
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