East African Cheetah - Masai Mara & Serengeti National Park
Kenya and Tanzania are home to one of the most iconic animals on the planet, the East African Cheetah. The cheetah is unique to the region and can be found in the Maasai Mara National Park & the Serengeti National Park.
And the cheetah from East Africa is a smaller and lighter cheetah than other subspecies found in other parts of the world. It is estimated that there are just over 8,000 East African Cheetahs left, making them among the continent’s most endangered species.
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Quick Facts About East African Cheetah
- It is one of the most iconic animals in the world.
- They are smaller and lighter than other subspecies found elsewhere.
- This big cat number stands at 8,000, making them one of the continent’s most endangered species.
- Maasai Mara National Park and Serengeti Game Park are the two main habitats for the cheetah.
- Young male stay together in a group known as a coalition.
- Cheetah’s long legs and flexible spine catapulted it forward to jump more than seven and a half meters.
Where to See Cheetah in Kenya and Tanzania
The cheetah is a beautiful animal, and viewing it in its natural habitat is a must-do for any wildlife enthusiast. If you’re looking to see this big cat in their homeland, there are two great places to go: Kenya and Tanzania.
In Kenya, Masai Mara National Reserve is home to these big cats and their cubs. This reserve is located in the Great Rift Valley and is one of the best places to spot wild cheetah. You can also find East African Cheetahs at Samburu National Reserve, Meru National Park, and the Tsavo East National Park.
In Tanzania, Serengeti National Park is the premiere destination for viewing this cheetah. This park is part of the Serengeti-Mara Ecosystem, which covers a huge area filled with grassy plains and woodlands, making it an ideal habitat for East African Cheetahs. You can also find this big cat at Ngorongoro Conservation Area & Ruaha National Park.
Where to See cheetahs in Africa
Some of the countries you can find these big cats include Kenya, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, S.A and Botswana. In Zimbabwe, Hwange National Park is home to cheetah, while Kruger National Park has a healthy population in its southern region. In Botswana, you can find cheetah in Moremi Game Reserve & Chobe National Park.
The Serengeti Cheetah Project
The Serengeti Cheetah Project, which began in 2012 and is based in the Serengeti-Mara Ecosystem, is dedicated to conserving these cheetah populations.
The project monitors the big cat through research, education & community outreach efforts, working to ensure that cheetahs remain part of the landscape for years to come.
By visiting Kenya and Tanzania, you can experience this cheetah up close, while at the same time helping with the conservation effort. As the cheetahs continue to decline in numbers, it’s important that we work together to protect this iconic species.
The Top Camps for Seeing Cheetah in Kenya and Tanzania
If you’re looking to get a closer view of the big cat, there are some amazing camps located in the regions with cheetah populations.
In Kenya, Ol Seki Hemingways Mara is situated on the banks of the Talek River and offers spectacular views of the big cat in Masai Mara National Reserve.
In Tanzania, you can stay at the renowned Ngorongoro Serena Lodge in the heart of the Serengeti National Park & have a front-row seat to the cheetah action.
East African Cheetahs FAQs
The last section answers the frequently asked questions about this member of the big cat.
1. How many East African cheetahs are left?
This cheetah population is estimated to be around 8,000 individuals.
2. Are there cheetahs in East Africa?
Yes. Kenya, Ethiopia, and TZ are home to these big cats. You will also find the other two members of the big cat families in these countries.
3. What are the 5 types of cheetahs?
The five types of cheetahs are East African Cheetah, Northwest African Cheetah, Southern African Cheetah, Central Asian Cheetah, and Asiatic Cheetah.
4. What is the rarest species of cheetah?
The Asiatic Cheetah is the rarest species of cheetah, with an estimated population of only 50 grow ups and cubs.