Cheetah has the last laugh at Paignton Zoo

Jason Sedgemore
(Last Updated On: June 23, 2017)

When it comes to laughing, hyenas are the African carnivores we think of first… But here’s one cheetah who seems to be in on the joke…

Kitwana has just arrived at Paignton Zoo Environmental Park, and is clearly delighted with his new home. Zoo visitor and photographer Jason Sedgemore took this delightful photo.

It’s been all change in the cheetah enclosure at Paignton Zoo recently. Female Isanthya departed for Allwetterzoo, Munster, Germany before Kitwana arrived from Port Lympne Zoo in Kent.

Currently, Paignton Zoo is home to two cheetahs, with Kitwana joining 3-year-old female Jahzara. Moving cheetahs between zoological collections can often stimulate breeding – even separating a male from a female for a few weeks has been known to do the trick. Cheetahs are notoriously tricky to breed.

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