Portrait of a Cheetah

Mother Cheetah

People are often confused, and cannot tell the difference between a cheetah (above) and a leopard (see last post).  Perhaps the most obvious difference is the coat, although superficially similar, note that cheetahs have black spots, whereas leopards have black spots and rosettes, both on a tan-colored skin.   Look more closely and you’ll see a world of difference in the animal’s face and shape of head.

Leopards are solitary and very shy, and are mostly nocturnal, living in trees and dense bush-like habitat, and being able to spot prey in the dark and sneak up on them under cover of the dark or leaping from a tree.  Cheetahs are found in high grass and will sometimes team up with others to stalk a prey.  And of course, the cheetah is the fastest animal on earth, able to accelerate to 60 miles per hour over a very short distance.

What are you thinking?