African Mammals, African Wildlife, Wildlife
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Cheetah – I spy with my little eye

Cheetah Acinonyx jubatus KwaZulu Natal South Africa

Out of the numerous fascinating features of the Cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus) I find its eyes most intriguing. As a predator hunting by vision rather than scent a cheetah’s eyesight is truly amazing, being able to spot their prey from as far as 5 kilometres away. To protect its eyes from the harsh daylight – unlike other big cats their night vision is so poor they mainly hunt in the morning and afternoon – a tear stain mark runs from each eye to their mouth. These marks are clearly visible in the pictures of this young male  taking a late-afternoon rest. He obviously focused on an object in the far distance that we were not able to see, staring right past us and adding an almost condescending air to its handsome appearance. We could only guess what he was looking at.

Cheetah Acinonyx jubatus KwaZulu Natal South Africa

Cheetah Acinonyx jubatus KwaZulu Natal South Africa

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