Camouflage Among Wild Cats in the Serengeti

Camouflage by definition is disguising something to blend it into it’s surroundings.

Serengeti National Park-  Lamai Triangle Photo by Irene Rofail

Serengeti National Park-
Lamai Triangle Photo by Irene Rofail

This is a feature that predators and pre have in common as it is a feature that has adapted over time for survival. This was interesting to me as mice in the desert have adapted the color of their fur (how dark or light their fur is) in order to blend in to their surroundings. This is done as a defense mechanism to help the mice from being spotted by birds of prey such as hawks. This change of fur in order to blend in over time interested me which is why i wanted to look into the cheetah in the grasslands. I chose the cheetah as it is spotted which does not appear to be a camouflage technique yet when in the wild they are one of the most difficult animals to spot.

Being from Tanzania, and having been back in Tanzania less than a month ago, i wanted to tie this post into my personal interest. I was in the Serengeti, one of the worlds biggest national wildlife parks, in early January. I chose to look into the cheetah. Cheetah are the fastest land mammal on earth. Their features such as long slender legs and small heads make them the smallest of the big cats in the Serengeti.  Cheetah are known for being spotted mostly in the central Serengeti in an area known as the Lamai Triangle. Cheetah have been run out of areas by larger cats such as northern Serengeti, close to lake Victoria close to the Mwanza border. In the last five years there have been less and less sitings closer to the Grumetti river area. Screen Shot 2015-02-12 at 1.50.50 PM

Cheetah have adapted to their surroundings in central Serengeti which is fascinating as they have been slowly cornered into the hottest part of the savannah. although they are spotted cheetah are one of the better predators at hiding out and throughout the years of traveling in and out of the Serengeti and the national parks in the North of Tanzania i have only ever spotted one leopard attached is the photographs i took of cheetah in the Serengeti.

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