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 Post subject: The King Cheetah
Unread postPosted: Fri Nov 14, 2008 8:35 am 
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The King Cheetah

This is a rare mutation of the cheetah, characterised by elongated spots merged into stripes (normally 3). The first ever note of this animal was in Zimbabwe, 1926. It was declared a seperate species in 1927 by Reginald Innes Pocock, who reversed that decision in 1939, as she could find no evidence to prove her point.

Since 1927, this cheetah has been reported 5 times in the wild. Skins were available, but a photograph had not been taken until 1974 in the Kruger National Park. Crytzoologists obtained a pelt of this cat, and deduced that it was bigger than the normal spotted cat, and the fur had a different texture. In 1986, another was spotted in the wild, the first in seven years.

The status of this species was resolved in 1981 when two beautiful King cheetahs were born in the De Wildt Cheetah and Wildlife center.
Two cheetah sisters, who had both mated with a wild cheetah from the Transvaal (new in the park) gave birth to one King Cheetah each.
This male had come from an area where King Cheetahs had been recorded before.

Further King Cheetahs were then born at the center. The King Cheetah is so rare because the genes must come from BOTH parents.

This cheetah has been seen in Botswana, Zimbabwe and the Northern part of South Africa.

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 Post subject: Re: The King Cheetah
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Here is a not so good photo of a King Cheetah I took in July this year at the Cheetah project in Hoedspruit.

There is only 70 of them left world wide.

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 Post subject: Re: The King Cheetah
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wow some interesting info there WAC :clap: only 70 :shock:

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 Post subject: Re: The King Cheetah
Unread postPosted: Sat Nov 22, 2008 7:57 pm 
This "scan" from CUSTOS, 1988.

The sighting was in 1986, but the article also mentions a second "King" at N'watinungu waterhole, Dr Gus Mills replying that that covered both known "Kings" at that time! (1988)

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 Post subject: Re: The King Cheetah
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Great info WAC :thumbs_up:

So is my understanding correct here? King cheetahs are not a separate species, but just a rare occurrence when the right genes (i'm guessing recessive alleles) are present from normal cheetah parents?

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 Post subject: Re: The King Cheetah
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Nyamandlovu, that it quite correct. At one stage they were thought to be a subspecies, but fortunately sanity prevailed and they realised it is just a colour mutation/variation, same as the black/white/cinnamon springbok.

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 Post subject: Re: The King Cheetah
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I vaguely recall hearing/reading sightings of a king cheetah around the Punda-Pafuri area when I was think 13 (1997- ). Does anyone know of this king cheetah? The first time I visited the North was well after this date so did not ever have a chance to try track it down.

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 Post subject: Re: The King Cheetah
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At Cheetah Outreach, we've got a king cub! :dance:

I got to meet him last week. He's 7 weeks old and completely adorable (even with the hissing and spitting!). Hopefully i'll get to spend more time with him soon and post a photo or two.

He's at the 'cub house' now, and i'm not sure when he'll be moved to Spier. He has some hissing and spitting issues he'll need to get over before he can go and meet with his public :tongue:

I'll let y'all know if and when he moves to Spier, so you can all come and visit him :)


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 Post subject: Re: The King Cheetah
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Is he not the cutest little critter you've ever seen?

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 Post subject: Re: The King Cheetah
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:clap: High cuteness factor...for sure!!!! :dance:

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 Post subject: Re: The King Cheetah
Unread postPosted: Mon Aug 17, 2009 8:48 pm 
Hey, Sheldogz!

The genes are hopefully still present in Kruger, and such a project would be "cosmetic", and not environmentally justifiable.

Although, these days, who knows! :roll:


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 Post subject: Re: The King Cheetah
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This picture of a young King was taken somewhere around Cape Town in September/October in a cheetah center. Does anybody know what this place is called?
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 Post subject: Re: The King Cheetah
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like this one :D

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in Cheetah foudation in Stellenbosh - Outreach, Spier (near Cape Town)

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 Post subject: King Cheetah
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Dear Friends,

This is my first post so pls bear with me........ :big_eyes:

I have spent many a years searching for the King Cheetah but to no avail.

Has any one seen a King Cheetah before in the kruger national park since 1974 and why is the park not trying to introduce a program to find these amazing creatures ?

I have heard reports of sightings near skukuza and satara can anyone confirm this one for me and if so do u have photograpic evidence?

I have a friend in National Geographic and im pushing him to try and convince them to produce a documentry on these beautiful animals out of interist would any of you people be interisted in supporting this program if so pls post your interist so i can pass it on to National Geographic showig him the keen interist form our Sanpark friends !

Thank you so much for all your time !!!

FREEDMAN :thumbs_up:


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 Post subject: Re: The King Cheetah
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We were at Speer in September 2009 - the king cheetah was 6 month old and sooo cute :P

My first try to post pics - i hope it works!!

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