+27 31 572 4227
info@southerncircle.com
We Specialize In Creating Wow Memories of Southern Africa
info@southerncircle.com
We Specialize In Creating Wow Memories of Southern Africa
+27 31 572 4227
info@southerncircle.com
We Specialize In Creating Wow Memories of Southern Africa
+27 31 572 4227

The Big Cats

Lion in Kruger Park safariLion in Kruger Park safari
Lion in Kruger National Park

The Big Cats of Africa

It hardly needs to be said that aside from being on the top rung of the predation ladder, the lion also tops the glamour stakes. Sadly, it does have one formidable enemy in humankind. They were expelled from most parts of the country, now remain almost exclusively in conservation areas.

The beautiful leopard survives in a larger area, including much of the southern Cape and the far north, although numbers are small in some places.

The third of the big cats of Africa is particularly fascinating. The cheetah is the speed champ, capable of dashes of almost 100km an hour. However, vulnerable to the loss of cubs to other predators, the cheetah’s population is comparatively small and confined in South Africa to the far north (including KNP in the north-east and the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park in the western half of the country), and reserves in KwaZulu-Natal and North West Province.

Another factor limiting the population is low genetic diversity.  Today’s cheetahs appear to be descended from a small number of survivors of near extinction in the distant past. As a result, genetic weaknesses are unusually predominant.

Sadly, if nothing is done we may lose those species of the big cats of Africa sometime in the future…

    Leave a Reply

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

    10 − five =

    WhatsApp Us for more info