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Watchfull Eyes

Country: South Africa
Location: KwaZulu-Natal
Reserve: Phinda Game Reserve
Camp: Phinda Vlei Lodge

Watchfull Eyes

This picture has 3 cheetah siblings sitting on their haunches, who react to a sudden disturbance behind them by turning and staring with their golden watchful eyes. This is also a perfect display of the cheetah's tawny spotted fur coats and their tear lines.   The cheetah's spots help it to blend into the background when hunting or to hide from danger.  Their faces display their tear lines running from each eye to the corners of their mouths. Tear lines help them see across the grasslands in the glare of the hot sun.

Phinda Game Reserve is situated in the lush Maputaland region in northern KwaZulu-Natal bordering the World Heritage Site -- The  Greater St. Lucia Wetland Park.  Scenic Rivers, floodplains and open pans make up the bulk of seven distinct habitats found in the Phinda Reserve.  



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