In 1926 a cat, which was originally thought to be a cheetah-leopard hybrid, was trapped near Salisbury in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe). The cat was found to resemble a cheetah but with atypical markings. The coat was not spotted but had long dark stripes down the middle of the back with dark patches on the flanks. Other animals of the same type were found and it was believed to represent a new species, the King Cheetah, Acinonyx rex. These animals are now believed to be merely an unusually marked variant of Cheetah rather than a separate race.
For more information on King Cheetahs, visit Kwayera's King Cheetah Den.
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