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Cheetah can reach speeds of up to 112km/h And get from 0-80km/h in 3 sec

Quick Facts

Weight: 35-65kgs

Size: height - 70-90cms, tail length 65-80cms

Number of offspring: 3-5 cubs

Gestation: 3 months

Maturity: 2 yrs

Lifespan: up to 14 yrs

Predators: Lions, Spotted hyenas and Leopards

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Cheetah

Acinonyx jubatus

Habitat

Found in wide range of habitats from open country, semi desert to dry savannah including light woodland. Cheetahs rely on tall grasses for camouflage

Natural behavior

Diurnal, males establish small territories while female migrate with prey herds. In areas where prey is non-migratory male and females have smaller overlapping ranges. Cheetahs have wide-ranging, low-density populations

Description

Tan in colour with black spots all over. Tail is long and thick, slender body, long legs, small head with distinct tear stripes in corner of eyes to nose. Cheetahs have excellent vision and are the fastest land mammal on earth.

Distribution

Eastern and Southwestern Africa, with a small population living in Iran

Diet

Carnivorous; hunting impala, ground dwelling birds, small mammals, rabbits. Rarely scavenge. Highly efficient hunters and able to survive in areas of low prey density. Mothers are often gone for stretches up to 48hrs to hunt for food, leaving cubs alone

Reproduction

Mating occurs throughout the year and females ovulate several times per year. Once born, mothers will stash the cubs in hiding places, moving them every few days. And male cheetahs have no participation in the rearing process

Social structure

Unique social organisation. Females are solitary or accompanied by dependent young for up to 18 months. Males are either solitary or live in stable coalitions of two or three, usually brothers, living and working together to defend a territory. Single males may also join unrelated males and form coalitions

Threats

Vulnerable to habitat loss and fragmentation, Illegal pet trade, hunting for their pelt. Also threatened by conflict with livestock and game farmers.