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.
Savannah Tracks is home to our two, northern cheetah brothers.
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 cheetahs. We’ve added mirrors and a “greater flamingo soundtrack” to give the illusion of a larger group – all with the aim of encouraging them to breed. We’ve had chicks for the last two years so it’s making an impact!
Our slightly less attractive Marabou storks are further up the hill. They might look ungainly on the ground but they’re elegant in the air given their 3 metre wing span from tip to tip!
If you develop a soft spot for our cheetah then why not adopt one? 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).
Another happy day spent at Marwell. No matter how many time we visit, there is always something new to see. Will have to return in the summer when the new Wild Explorers exhibit opens. Hope to continue visiting for many years to come.debbie, 15th April 2015