Acinonyx Jubatus/CheetahVulnerable

Interesting facts about Bajrami

  • Bajrami was born as part of a litter of 8 kittens at Boras Zoo in Sweden on 19 February where they shared their enclosure with the zoo’s group of rhino!
  • Bajrami has a large impressive mantle, in the wild this tuft of fur on the top of his shoulders gives the impression of being larger so acts as a defense mechanism if faced with another predator.
  • They make a high-pitched, bird-like chirruping chirpy noise as their way of calling others they also purr which is the ability that places Cheetahs in the 'small cat' category.
  • Bajrami is quite a vocal cat, often heard making a high-pitched, bird-like chirruping chirpy noise. This is their way of calling others they also purr which is the adaptation that places Cheetahs in the 'small cat' category.
  • Bajrami arrived at The Big Cat Sanctuary in June 2014.
  • These big cats’ bodies grow to between 1.1m and 1.4m metres long, plus a tail measuring 65cm to 80cm.

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Bajrami's story

Bajami was born as part of a litter of 8 kittens at Boras Zoo in Sweden on 19 February where he shared an enclosure with the zoo’s  group of rhino! He arrived at The Big Cat Sanctuary in June 2014.

It is very likely that Bajrami is probably one of, if not the most relaxed and laid back cheetahs ever to reside at the Sanctuary. He takes everything in his stride with a cool and calm confidence. In spite of being the World’s fastest land mammal, Bajrami chooses life in the slightly slower lane, he even takes his time at meal times which is a very unusual cat trait.

He is a very good natured and calm individual who happily participates in training sessions, but does have a more limited attention span than some of the other Cheetahs, his focus can wander but he does usually revert back to the task at hand for a well earned reward.

Venison and rabbit are his favourite foods and whilst Bajrami is keen to receive a chicken leg or wing hand-feeding treat, however, he is far less phased about an entire chicken as a meal, in fact he simply won’t bother to eat it! So, he is known to be a slightly fussy eater.

This chilled out chap is always responsive in his positive reinforcement training sessions, allowing members of the Keeping team to conduct physical health checks, vaccinations and routine medication, they are even able to listen to his heart.

About Cheetahs

The cheetah is widely known as the planet’s fastest land animal, capable of reaching speeds of up to 68mph with a stride of 7 metres. However, unknown to many, it is also Africa’s most endangered wild cat too. There are estimated to be only 7,100 cheetahs left in the wild today. (2021)

They have a different body shape, they are narrow and lightweight with long slender limbs. Along with this their coat is covered in single spotted markings very unlike the leopard’s or jaguar’s rosetted coats. Alongside the distinctive tear-drop facial markings the cheetah are one of the most easily identifiable felids.

Although capable of reaching such incredible speeds, this can only be maintained for a short periods of time. Other adaptations which help them to run at these high speeds include a very flexible spine and tail, which flattens at the tip to provide a counter balance for sudden changes in direction. (Acting like a rudder effectively) Hardened footpads and semi-retractable blunt claws help to grip the ground similar to how a sprinters running spikes help them to increase speed. At top speed, there are just two moments in one stride when the cheetah’s body is completely off the ground: once with all four legs extended and once with all bunched under the body.

With just 7,100 cheetahs left in the wild, and the future of this magnificent species remains uncertain across their range. Extinct in 25 countries and possibly extinct in a further 13 countries, cheetahs have vanished from approximately 91 percent of their historic range. They are extinct in Asia apart from a single, isolated population of perhaps 50 individuals in central Iran.

Cheetahs are listed as “Vulnerable” by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species. Cheetah are also know to have larger litters of cubs than many other species, this maybe due to the high mortality rate of cubs in their habitats. Being that they are never at the top of the food chain within their range, these cats are more passive and much less likely to walk away from confrontation than to fight.

These agile felines hunt during the day to avoid competition from other powerful predators such as lions, hyenas and leopards their tear marks absorb light to protect their eyes from the sun’s glare in exactly the same way as wearing a pair of shades! Cheetahs are carnivores and live off other animals they find on Africa’s plains, including rabbits, warthogs, springboks, gazelles and birds.


IUCN Red List Category Vulnerable(VU)

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