These Cheetahs Outrun An Entire Wildebeest Herd

Cheetah hunting wildebeest in the Kgalagadi
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Written by Hannah Crawford

Published: February 6, 2024

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While fighting for one’s life in the wild is an extremely viable option, sometimes it is not the best choice. Herds will often choose to try and outrun their predators. However, if they only knew the strength that they have in their numbers, they could most likely often beat those predators. Let’s watch what happens in the video below when these cheetahs decide to attack a wildebeest herd.

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Cheetahs Hunting Wildebeest 

The Instagram reel shown just above takes us to Africa, where cheetahs and wildebeest are from. The Angry Animals3 Instagram page shared this wild hunt with their 400,000+ followers. The most recent reels that they share are of a lion taking down a giraffe, hyenas hunting, and a group of Nile crocodiles devouring a zebra

Wildebeest Herd Running for Their Lives

At the start of the reel shown above, we see a wildebeest herd is already in full running mode. They see a coalition of cheetahs that are hunting them down. Instead of staying to fight, they try to see if they can outrun them.

Wildebeest can run up to speeds of 50 miles per hour (80 kilometers per hour). While this is impressive, it is nothing compared to that of the cheetah, which is the fastest animal on land. Cheetahs can run up to 70 miles per hour, which makes a hunt like this just a matter of time. 

Notice how strategically the brothers of this coalition work to isolate one from the herd. They don’t need or want the entire herd. All they have to do is successfully get one. A cheetah tackles one of the wildebeests, and they tumble on the ground. However, the wildebeest was too big for this cheetah to handle alone and he got away. But, within moments, his brothers came to his aid, and they all took this one wildebeest down together. 

How Long Until Cheetahs Go Extinct?

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Cheetahs live in

Africa

and Asia.

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Cheetahs (​​Acinonyx jubatus) of the family Felidae are a vulnerable species that are on the brink of extinction. According to the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, they estimate that the cheetah population is between 6,517 and 7,000 individuals. Of these numbers, South Africa is thought to have the largest of their population at about 4,500 mature cheetahs

According to the National Library of Medicine, despite the decline of the cheetah species, there is “a core of hard-working conservationists has been working diligently for decades to slow, and in some areas try to even reverse their downward spiral. “ 

There was some talk back in 2013 that cheetahs would go extinct by 2030. Now that we are closer, with only six years until we reach 2030, we think that is highly unlikely. As the aforementioned study shares, as long as we have dedicated people who are working to secure the future of endangered species, it will continue to slow down their extinction date. 

However, it is still rapidly declining, as the IUCN states, and we must do our part, whether that is physically helping, financially supporting, or merely spreading the word online to help this beautiful species of feline to survive. 


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About the Author

Hannah Crawford is a writer at A-Z Animals where she focuses on reptiles, mammals, and locations in Africa. Hannah has been researching and writing about animals and various countries for over eight years. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Communication\Performance Studies from Pensacola Christian College, which she earned in 2015. Hannah is a resident in Florida, and enjoys theatre, poetry, and growing her fish tank.

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