Selenkei’s Family and Hyena


Group life gives the cheetahs a number of advantages over singletons. Coordination of all group members is extremely important for the survival of each member. Coordination is important not only in hunting, but also when eating prey, especially when it is necessary to protect it from kleptoparasites. When recently Selenkei family feeding was interrupted by the appearance of an old hyena, all family members have applied a successful strategy – one, two or three cheetahs simultaneously were chasing hyena away, while others continued eating. Then they switched roles, and other members drove the hyena away, keeping it at a distance from the prey, giving others the opportunity to join the meal. As a result, all the cheetahs ate equally and when in 8 minutes the hyena took over kill, almost nothing was left of it.