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Question Three

I belong to the family felidae. I breed all year. My scent glands are anal, chin and cheek. I am more common in the southern half of the park. This requires a lucky guess, if you work it out properly it is between two different species.

a)Who am I?

b) Discribe the diet.

c) What is my most distinctive marking?

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Wild about cats wrote:
a)Who am I?

Cheetah (Acinonyx Jubatus)

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b) Discribe the diet.

Carnivorous, favouring small antelope under 60 kg. But also prey on smaller mammals and birds. Favourite antelope in their diet are as follows (in order) Reedbuck, Waterbuck & Kudu. They are water independant.

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c) What is my most distinctive marking?

The characteristic black tear mark which runs from the inner corner of each eye to the outer corner of the mouth


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I now sound like a copycat, but could not answer first, as I was in town and got my wallet with "my whole life" in it stolen by a car guard!

Agree 100% with Mark

1) Cheetah (Also prolific in the goal area of the opponents half :lol: )

2) Antelope, especially the smaller to medium sized (Less than 60kg) antilope in the drier areas (like springbuck), but in Kruger they have a tendency to eat larger size antilope as well (Like Reedbuck, Kudu etc.). By the way they are more prolific in Kgalagadi than Kruger. Smaller mammals and and birds (Rarely) are taken as well.

3) The teardrop marking in the face is characteristic. The coat pattern (Spots not rosettes) are also a distinguishable feature from leopards.

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WOW this one had me searching the net and books. Good one :D

a) The Cheetah

b) The cheetah is a carnivore, eating mostly mammals under 40 kg , including Thomson's Gazelle and the Impala. Wildebeests and calves are hunted when the cheetah hunts in groups. Guineafowl and hares are also hunted. While the other big cats mainly hunt by night, the cheetah is a diurnal hunter, in that it hunts during the day rather than at night. Cheetah s hunt by vision rather than by scent.

c) The most distinctive marks are the Black "tear marks" running from the corner of the eyes down the sides of the nose to its mouth. these aid in keeping sunlight out of its eyes and to aid in hunting and seeing long distances.


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I have to do this now, I'll be at a party later.

Well Done Guys.The score stands as follows:
christo : 9 points
jonty1 : 8 points
MarkWildDog : 6 points
WELSH_ASH : 1 point


jonty1 : Again, very well answered! :thumbs_up:
WELSH_ASH : I'm sorry you're not taking part anymore. :(

I'm very surprised to see that there are more muskateers than angels taking part! :roll:

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a)The Cheetah

b) (Main points) Carnivorous, favouring antelope 60 kg or below. They do take a lot smaller prey like hares.

c) The charactaristic tear mark that runs from the tear duct to the corner of the mouth.

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Question Four

I am a small member of the bovidae family. The male of my species is darker than the female. I like thick, riverine vegetation. My scent glands are inguinal.

a) Who am I?

b) What are my reproductive patterns?

c) Discribe the horns (If any).

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Wild about cats wrote:
a) Who am I?

Bushbuck

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b) What are my reproductive patterns?

Breed all year, peaking in summer rainy seasons.

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c) Discribe the horns (If any).

Only rams carry horns, they are smooth with a slight spiral/twist. Can grow up to 0,5 m.


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I'm very surprised to see that there are more muskateers than angels taking part


Well, you've gotta have the knowledge.....

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1) Bushbuck
2) One lamb is produced any time of the year (Where rainfall is sufficient) after a gestation period of +_6 months. Two calves might be produced in a single year if the conditions are right.
Where rainfall is not sufficient birthing coincides with the wet season.
3) The rams carry horns that can grow to the record of 51.44cm, but are 26cm on average. The horns top third is straight and sharply pointed with the lower 2 thirds a single "swirl" rather than a true twist or curl, as one would describe a Kudu's horn.

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christo wrote:
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I'm very surprised to see that there are more muskateers than angels taking part


Well, you've gotta have the knowledge.....


or lots of spare time :roll:

I totally agree with christo's answers on this one :wink:


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:hmz:

a) A Bushbuck

b) Breeding occurs throughout the year, particularly after rains. After gestation of 180 days, the female gives birth to a single calf. The calf remains hidden in undergrowth for up to four months, after which it follows its mother out into the open. Sexual maturity is reached at one year, but the males' horns don't develop fully until they are three.

c) The horns are found only in the males, and grow 25-55 cm long. They are nearly straight, with one tight twist.

Another great question WAC :clap:


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christo wrote:
I now sound like a copycat, but could not answer first, as I was in town and got my wallet with "my whole life" in it stolen by a car guard!


Eish! :shock: Sorry to hear that, Chisto.

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I'm very surprised to see that there are more muskateers than angels taking part!


Just give me a few days to recover from the flu, WAC. I love the way you do your quizzes! 8)


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I do too.
Well done WAC :thumbs_up:
I am replying to mark my curiosity so that every time a new question comes up it will appear in my inbox.

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christo wrote:
Wild about cats wrote:
I'm very surprised to see that there are more muskateers than angels taking part


Well, you've gotta have the knowledge.....


I wouldn't say that, you're in the lead and messing with the quizmaster, an angel. :roll:

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I totally agree with christo's answers on this one


Sho, thats risky. :wink:

jonty1 wrote:
Another great question WAC


Thanks jonty1, Thanks for your great answers :D

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Just give me a few days to recover from the flu, WAC. I love the way you do your quizzes!


Why, thanks you Gwen. I will be waiting.

macho mouse wrote:
I do too.
Well done WAC
I am replying to mark my curiosity so that every time a new question comes up it will appear in my inbox.


Thank you MM, but I think you should start ASAP, christo already has a good head start. :wink:

Thanks guys :D

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WAC....I wish I could have seen your face when you've read it!

Since the quote a few angels actually wrote something, although not taking part yet. (I know they love a challenge, so hopefully would support your effort)

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