Hello folks and welcome to the world of secondary and tertiary animals. Here you will learn all about the Cheetah, the Eygptian mongoose, and the Meerkat. You will also be able to decide which of these three animals is my favorite? I will just get you started by saying that these amazing are NOT the top of the food chain (just pointing out tertiaty animals may eat secondary animals.) So sit back, relax, and enjoy!
Bachelor #1 Cheetah
Okay to get you folks started let's take a look at bachelor #1. This animal is known to be the fastest animal in the world (they can run up to 75 mph) and are spotted all over. Give it up for the cheetah. The word cheetah comes from the Sanskirt word Did you know because their legs are built for running they cannot climb vertical trees?! They are also the only animals from the Acinonyx family that still exists today. Their diet consists of Thomson's Gazelle, Grant's Gazelle,springbok,impala, wildebeest,zeebras,guineafowl, and hare. Since they get tired from tracking their prey they will usually surrender it to hyena in order to aviod a fight. Now cheetahs are losing half of their prey to other African animals. Many cheetah cubs are killed by Lion,leopards,hyenas,wild dogs, and sometimes eagles (evil predators!) There is an odd type of cheetah mutation which gave birth to the King Cheetahs distinct from other cheetahs by a unique fur pattern. At age 2 a female will be ready to mate, males are usually ready at age 1 (but will usually mate when he's 3.) Cheetahs will mate at various times throughout the year and will give birth to 9 cubs in 90-98 days (usual litters are 3-5.) When males grow up they will usually group up with his litter brothers to form a coalition. They will probably move near female areas for maximizing mating possibilities. The males will usually mark their territory by sparying an outstanding object (like a tree) with urine. Males will try to kill any intruders!
look at the cheetah (left) and the king cheetah (right.) The king cheetah has a few stripes down it's back, but the cheetah does not have any stripes
Bachelor #2 Egyptian mongoose
Back for more I see. Were you happy with the last article? Well, anyways bachelor number 2… this cute fluffy looking little guy is another secondary/tertiary animal in the African savannah but can be found in many other places and here he is the… Egyptian mongoose!
The Egyptian mongoose is a small, cute, furry brown creature, but don’t be fooled by their cute looks they may bite! The Egyptian mongoose (also known as ichneumons) can be found in Egypt, Spain, Portugal, Israel, and the African Savannah!! These small creatures usually settle down in savannahs, forests, and scrubs but they always stay nearby a water source. The Egyptian mongoose has a pretty skinny body; with a pointed snout and cute fluffy ears .They have 35–40 teeth, with very strong carnassials, which they use for tearing apart their meat. Their tails are tipped black at the very end. Their hind feet are and a small part around the eyes are furless. Males and Females are at mating age once they are 2 (whoa) and mate in July and August. The full life of an Egyptian mongoose is 12 years or so, but can live much longer. Their diet consists of the following animal/foods; rodents, fish, birds, reptiles, amphibians, insects, fruits, and eggs.
The Egyptian mongoose, if you were wondering (or didn’t look at the heading) is a secondary consumer and it is very interesting but in rural Egyptian areas they are kept as house pets. These species are not on the brink of extinction but still try to save them by keeping the earth healthy!!
Timon from The Lion King (he's a meerkat.)
Bachelor #3 Meerkat
Hello again and welcome back are you ready for bachelor number three? This time try to guess who it is (looking at the picture is cheating!) I’ll give you some clues; firstly he is all furry, looks kind of bald and has very strong hind legs allowing him to “stand up.” They also live in Mobs, Gangs, or Clans. Can you guess?
You probably knew this but he’s a meerkat! Yes folks this furry creature belongs to the mongoose family and they live in the Namib Desert, Southwestern Angola, and in South Africa. Did you know that the word meerkat is the Dutch word for water cat! Meerkats are considered insectivores but they eat lizards, spiders (not insects), snakes, scorpions, plants, and small birds. It is very cool (and odd) that meerkats are immune (safe from) to scorpion venom. Meerkats organize a group with one guard on the lookout for predators while the hunt for food. If the guard spots a predator it will bark or whistle. The average meerkat will live 12-14 years but can always live longer. Meerkats become mature enough to mate at one year and mostly mate in the warmer seasons. Meerkats can have 1-5 pups in a litter and their ears open in about 15 days while their eyes open in 10-14 days. Meerkats are “burrowing animals and have a large underground home, usually 20-30 meerkats live in this society.There is a certian meerkat that has gotten pretty famous in disneys Lion King but you probably know his name (if you don't it's timon ti-mOne.) So do you get every thing about the meerkat? All the burrowing and stuff, well if you understand everything then it's time for you to choose which bachelor will be the winner? Cheetah, Egyptian mongoose, or the Meerkat? You get to decide!
Thank you very much for reading all of my articles about the Cheetah, Egyptian mongoose, and Meerkat I hope you learnt something new! For now au revior my friend!