Cheetah at Marwell


Walk stealthily up the wooden boardwalk of Savannah Tracks and see if you can spot our elusive cheetah lurking in the bushes…

…of course, if the sun’s out they might just be taking it easy and enjoying a few rays on their rock.

Marwell is actively involved in conserving cheetahs in Africa. This includes tracking wild cheetahs to understand how far and wide they roam and advising Zimbabwean farmers and local communities on practical methods of farming to avoid harming them.

Find out more about our cheetah conservation and see our Field Biologists in action on the video in Savannah Tracks’ outpost. Here, you’ll also find a range of skulls highlighting the Cheetah and other big cats - as well as the varied prey which they enjoy in the wild.

Head over to the cheetah running track and see if you can sprint as fast as a cheetah or any of the other animals highlighted on the track. Running speeds of ostriches to tortoises are included so you’re certain to match at least one! *Please note, on particularly cold days the running track is out of service.

Listen out for our colony of greater flamingo, just down the road from the cheetah. We previously added mirrors and a “greater flamingo soundtrack” to give the illusion of a larger group – to encourage them to breed. We’ve had chicks so it’s been successful!

If you develop a soft spot for our cheetah then why not adopt? You’ll be making a very welcome contribution to the care of our animals in the zoo (and helping to fund the tonnes of fresh meat which our carnivores consume each year).

In the wild

Near the cheetahs? Look out for:

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This experience was something I’ve always dreamt of doing but never thought I’d be able to. The staff made it such an enjoyable time, answered all my questions, and were there with me every step of the way if I needed them. And of course, special thanks to all the penguins… Read full reviewBeth, 23rd January 2020