7 Glorious Facts About Cheetah

Doting mothers and skilful hunters, cheetah are intolerably beautiful.

1. Nearly all wild cheetahs can be found in sub-Saharan Africa, where they roam open, grassy savannah plains and open forests. A small population lives in north-eastern Iran, although only a few dozen remain here.

More recently, India are reintroducing cheetah to a national park from Namibia.

2. Cheetahs will typically live between 10 – 15 years in the wild.

Photo by Frans van Heerden

3. One of the greatest threats to the cheetah in the wild is human-wildlife conflict. Over 90 percent of cheetahs live outside protected management areas, meaning that they live alongside human communities. Most of these are commercial and communal farming communities are raising cows, sheep, and goats.

Poaching of cheetah cubs to meet demand for illegal pets poses a serious threat to the species and is exacerbated by human wildlife conflict from predation on pastoralists livestock.

Photo by Magda Ehlers

4. The Cheetah has a slender body compared to the other big cats, with long legs and designed for speed. These big cats’ bodies grow to between 1.1m and 1.4m metres long, plus a tail measuring 65cm to 80cm. Their weight ranges from 34kg to 54kg, males being slightly heavier.

Bonus Fact: Cheetahs reach speeds of up to 112km/h in just three seconds. During hunting, you’ll also see exactly how a cheetah uses their tail when at speed for balance and directional changes.

Photo by Antony Trivet

5. Cheetahs hunt during the day to avoid competition from other powerful predators such as lions, hyenas and leopards. Their famous ‘tear markings’ below their eyes are believed to assist in deflecting the sun’s glare to aid their vision during the day.

Photo by Gemma Mostyn

6. Whilst now found in large prides like lions, cheetah are social animals, usually found in small groups, consisting of either a mother and her young, siblings (who stay together for around six months after leaving the mother) or a coalition of males who live and hunt together. Adult females, however, tend to be solitary and only meet with males to mate.

Photo by Clare

7. Cheetahs are Africa’s most endangered big cat, listed as “Vulnerable” by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species.

Photo by Harvey Sapir

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