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Amy Attenborough

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Amy has a rich field-guiding history, having spent time at both Phinda and Ngala Game Reserves. This diversity of past guiding locations brought her an intimate understanding of different biomes across South Africa, and she immediately began making a name for herself as ...

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on The Difference Between a Leopard and a Cheetah

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June Griffith
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This was so interesting. Thank you for teaching us the differences between these two beautiful cats!

Rienie Denner
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Thank you for the info! Much appreciated!

Dave Mills
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Wow. Very informative. And some great photos. Thanks.

Ann Seagle
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Great information. I love this kind of teaching using ur blog to pass the learning to the rest of us. I loved this.

Sunil-P-S
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Good article. There is one mistake “A close up of a leopard’s paw, showing how the claws are non-retractable”-underneath the picture of leopard’s foot. The claws are retractable.

“Because cheetah require rapid acceleration and because they are turning at such high speeds, they have non-retractable claws to give them extra traction. Leopards on the other hand, do not need this as much and so their claws retract”. This is the statement under the heading CLAWS: this is correct.
Also would like to see the pictures of the tracks of these animals in this article as Your photographs are worth 1000 words.

Amy Attenborough
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Hi Sunil. Thanks so much for pointing this typo out for us. I have subsequently edited it! I have also added in images of a cheetah and a leopard track to show you the difference. Thanks, Amy

Jill Grady
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Very interesting blog Amy! I love the Cheetah’s incredible amber eyes…so beautiful! Tnank you also for sharing the stunning photos!

Judy B.
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Thanks, Amy. This was so informative and the photos were amazing.

Dr Vipin
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nice information

Dr Vipin
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nice information

Sonia
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Very informative !! Thank you!

watermelonSG
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Thanks Amy for such a detailed article on the two different cats. One piece of information on cheetah is not mentioned. It can only run for about one minute chasing its prey as its body heats up very fast. It therefore needs to stop and cool down ita body temperature if it cannot catch its prey within one minute or so. This is interesting. I believe this has something to do with its top speed at which its muscle generates really a lot of heat.

Mahi
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Great article! Learned so much, thank you 🙂

Nicole
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Thank you for giving knowledge to me.

Kamran khan
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Till today I thought cheetah and leopards as same but today I knew that they are totally differant from each other.Actually words cheetah also used in Urdu language so I thought that leopard is the translation of this word. Thanks for giving information.

Kiran K
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Beautiful, Loved it. I never knew they are so much different.

samavia ch
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This is worth reading.very interesting.thanks for sharing

Earnest Thomas
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Great article, really worth reading….
Congrats……..

Jialing Cai
Explorer

Thank you for sharing! After reading your post, i cannot see Cheetah and Leopard in the same way again.

Rebecca Hermos
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This was an amazingly educational and beautiful ! I’m supposed to be working but once I found your blog I couldn’t stop reading , everything is so clear and the photos help me remember everything. I wanted to be able to tell my toddler the difference between the two animals as we saw both of them in a book last night and I didn’t sound very knowledgeable/ intelligent 🙂 . thank you so much!

Nice ideas congratulation

Dileeppdy1
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Usefull article.. Thank you.

Love this entry as each and every of the Londolozi blog, you’re truly contributing so much to get people attached to our beautiful wildlife and caring about. I remember the picture of the three stunning bulldozer Leopards what was an forever amazing sighting for the first time in the wild. This female prowling peacefully with the father son duo put all findings of social behavior in Leopards upside down back that time. Just searched my fingers wound in vain for the particular story which was from quite a couple of years ago I believe, so may I ask to please kindly guiding me to this story once more? Or even publishing it again as it is truly spectacular. Thank you so much and keep up being gorgeous.

Rich Laburn
Head of Digital

Hi Jeanette, I think you may be referring to this sighting: http://blog.londolozi.com/2012/12/04/three-leopards-mating-together/ or this sighting: http://blog.londolozi.com/2014/05/20/leopard-threesome-2/ . Let me know your thoughts and if this is the sighting you are looking for, otherwise I will continue to help you find the right one. Warmest, rich

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