Cheetah Coalition of Males

Male Cheetahs
Unlike other animals which have gender specific names - 'bull' and 'cow' for elephants; 'rooster' and 'hen' for chickens - humans apply the name 'cheetah' to both sexes. Cheetah in the wild may be divided into 2 groups: the family group/females and males.

It is pretty unusual for a male cheetah to live alone. Generally 2 or 3 cheetah males, often brothers, will form a coalition. This small group will live and hunt together for life usually claiming a large area or range which may overlap several female territories. The average size of male territories is 37.4 square kilometers (14.4 square miles). Young males seek out an area at a great distance from their parent; sometimes as far as 482 kilometers (300 miles).