The Latin name for the cheetah is Acinonyx jubatus and it is a member of the cat family.
The name cheetah comes from an Indian word meaning, “spotted one”.
The cheetah is the world’s fastest land animal and can reach speeds of up to 70 mph with a stride of 7-8 metres.
A cheetah can accelerate from 0 to 68 mph in only three seconds!
The cheetah was once found throughout Asia and Africa but it is now scattered in Iran and some 25 African countries.
In 1900, there were over 100,000 cheetahs now there are only 12,500 cheetahs in the wild in Africa and approximately 200 in Iran.
Adult cheetah weighs from 40 to 65 kg (88 to 140 lb) and its total body length is from 115 to 135 cm (45 to 53 in).
The cheetah is endangered under the United States Endangered Species Act.
Cheetahs feed on small antelope, young of large antelope, warthog, hare, and game birds in the wild. After a chase (which will typically last between 20 – 60 seconds), a cheetah needs half an hours rest before it can begin to feed.
Cheetahs purr when they are contented.
A decline in prey, loss of habitat, poaching, and indiscriminate trapping and shooting threaten the survival of the cheetah in the wild.
Female cheetahs will bear between 3 – 5 cubs in each litter and the cubs will remain with the mother until they are 12 – 20 months old.