|Scientific Name||Acinonyx jubatus|
- Cheetah is the fastest living land animal on earth.
- It is slightly taller than the leopard.
- The cheetah is active during day.
- It is much shorter than the lion.
- Cheetahs and leopards are often confused with each other.
- Cheetahs go after the prey when they are within 100–300 m (330–980 ft).
- They can maintain their top speed for 100 – 500 meters.
- They increase their speeds by 10 km/h (6 mph) in a single stride.
- There are 2,000 black spots on cheetah’s coat.
- Unlike other big cats cheetahs have the narrowest range of prey.
Size & Weight
- HEAD-BODY-LENGTH: 112–150 cm (44–59 in)
- WEIGHT: 21–72 kilograms (46–159 lb)
- TAIL: 60–80 cm (24–31 in)
- SHOULDER HEIGHT: 70 to 90 cm (28 to 35 in)
- SPOT WIDTH (on coat): 2–5.1 cm (1.3–2.0 in)
- WEIGHT: 150–400 g (5.3–14.1 oz)
Grasslands, dry forests, savannahs, scrub forests; elevation 4,000 m (13,000 ft)
South Sudan, Uganda, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Kenya, Namibia, southern Zambia, Zimbabwe, south-western Mozambique, northern South Africa, Botswana, south-western Angola
Bat-eared fox, bushbuck, kudu, hartebeest, nyala, oribi, roan antelope, steenbok, chinkara, desert hare, goitered gazelle, ibex, rodents, wild sheep, Thomson’s gazelle (90%), springbok, impala, duiker, reedbuck, blesbok, Grant’s gazelle, African buffalo, gemsbok, giraffe, ostrich, warthog, wildebeest, zebra, guineafowl, cane rats, bustards, mole rats, Cape foxes, caracals, jackals
1 – 8 cubs
21 – 22 months (Females)
- 10 years (Males)
- 14 – 15 years (Females)
- TOP: 112 km/h (70 mph)
- AVERAGE: 64 km/h (40 mph)
- WALKING: 3–4 km/h (1.9–2.5 mph)
- (Avg.) 33 to 42 sq. km (13 to 16 sq mi)
- (Max.) 777 sq. km (300 sq mi)
- 100–200 sq. km (39–77 sq mi)
Wild dogs, spotted hyenas, eagles, lions, brown hyenas
Growling, hissing, moaning, yowling, chirping, churring, whirring
2 – 3 individuals
Diurnal, not territorial