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Hunting Behavior of the Cheetah

Randall L. Eaton
The Journal of Wildlife Management
Vol. 34, No. 1 (Jan., 1970), pp. 56-67
Published by: Wiley on behalf of the Wildlife Society
DOI: 10.2307/3799492
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3799492
Page Count: 12
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Hunting Behavior of the Cheetah
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Abstract

The predator-prey aspects of four cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus) groups were studied in Nairobi National Park, Kenya, from October, 1966, through February, 1967. Hunt:kill ratios were applied to direct observation data of 157 hunts and 30 kills. Hunting success apparently varied with habitat-type, prey species, sex and age-classes of prey, herd size, cheetah group size, and the cheetah's or group's hunting experience. Cheetah kills appeared to be other than a random sample of prey populations. There was differential selection in prey of females and juveniles.

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