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This is one cheetah that was definitely in charge.

We were in the Kwa Cheetah Breeding Project, where you can interact with the big cats. They hand rear them to release back into the wild and have had great breeding success.

It's wonderful to be sitting down beside them, stroking & tickling them, knowing that a short while after their release they will forget about it all and revert back to their true nature.

I expected the fur to be quite smooth, but it is very, very rough, to keep damage at bay and their purr is incredibly deep (especially if you tickle the right spots).

Pictures of a cheetah in the wild we saw hunting can be seen here http://www.trekearth.com/gallery/photo1471583.htm and http://www.trekearth.com/gallery/photo1471508.htm

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