Recognising Individuals

The spot patterns on a cheetah are unique for each individual. Look at the cheetahs you see - you will notice that in between the large bold spots are many small spots. The patterns of these small spots are the easiest to use for identification. You may see lines, or pairs, semi-circles, or even complete circles.

Our researchers keep cheetah record cards which help them identify individuals on location or from photographs. The following comes from Mr Big's record card:

Mr Big identification card

Using this, see if you can recognize Mr Big in the following photos...

Cheetah number 4

Cheetah number 1

Cheetah number 2

Cheetah number 3

Once you've decided, find out what we look for and which is correct...