Layers of perception
Cheetah is the fastest land mammal. It can reach 120 Km/h!!! But after doing so, it needs to cool down for about 15 minutes before being able to start eating its prey. Cheetah ends up so exhausted that it can barely move.
Lions and other animals know that, so they spend a lot of their time checking what cheetahs are doing. If they see one hunting, they follow it. They know that once it hunts something (and cheetahs are very successful hunters) dinner is served. They will steal it in cheetah’s face, and it won’t be able to do anything against it.
When cheetahs look in the distance, they are not focussed exclusively on their preys, but on other predators too. If they feel they are being observed, they move to a different site or wait until the other animals leave.
The savannah might look like a quiet place when you see zebras grazing, lions resting, cheetahs laying on the top of a tiny hill... Though it’s anything but that. Everybody is checking each others movement. You have to be alert all the time. It’s about different layers of perception, not only the obvious.
When arriving in a new town in Tanzania, I always get the feeling it all works a bit like this over here. Everybody know what time I arrived, where I was coming from, who I spoke to...
Senses play a more important role in Africa than in the western world. I feel somehow blind here. I miss out many things.
But I’m learning...