At PrideRock Wildlife Refuge, providing a permanent sanctuary and shelter for mistreated and unwanted lions, tigers and cougars is our guiding mission.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

King Cheetahs

South African cheetah
Although PrideRock Wildlife Refuge currently does not care for cheetahs, all of us love big cats of any kind. Cheetahs are sleek, fast and spotted all over, which contributes to the fascination and love of cheetahs. The South African Cheetah, like the one pictured above is probably the most well-known of all species. Other species of cheetahs include the Sudan, Tanzanian, and the Asian. But the most beautiful and rarest of all the cheetahs is the King.
Sudan cheetah
Tanzanian cheetah
 The King Cheetah is very recognizable because of its large, blotchy spots and three dark wide stripes down its neck, back and tail.

King Cheetah (back)
The King Cheetah is also called the Cooper's Cheetah because it was discovered by Major A. Cooper in 1926.
The King Cheetah has only been spotted about six times in the wild. They are known to live in Zimbabwe, Botswana and northern Transvaal.

King Cheetah (side)

Frankly, I'm waiting for the day PrideRock rescues a King Cheetah (but I'll settle for the South African Cheetah!).

(Information and photos taken from By Gaurav P - Originally uploaded to Flickr as Most beautiful of all cats, uploaded to, CC BY 2.5,

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