Mammal

African Cheetah

Area: 
Southern and eastern Africa
Habitat: 
Savanna
Food: 
Antelope
Size: 
About 4 feet long, with a 2 1/2-foot-long tail
Babies: 
Cheetah cubs have a silvery mane on their neck and shoulders that disappears as they get older.
Cheetahs cannot roar, but they do growl, hiss, purr and chirp.
A Need for Speed

 

Cheetahs are not strong predators, but they are fast. They rely on their speed, which can reach 70 mph, to catch their preyNoun: An animal that is hunted as food by another animal. Verb: To attempt to take an animal for food.. Everything about the cheetah is built for speed, from their non-retractableCats (except cheetahs) and fossas have the ability to pull in, or retract, their claws when not in use. clawsThe fingernails of an animal, such as a bear or cat. They help to grab prey. In birds, they're called talons. that act like cleats for traction, to their long tail that works like a rudder to help them change directions quickly.

 

Cheetahs are also known for their spotted coat. The dots are both small and large, and the pattern of spots is unique to each cheetah. The fur of cheetah cubs is darker than that of adults.

 

As fast as cheetahs are, they can’t outrun the threats that they face. Like a lot of animals, cheetahs are losing their habitatWhere an animal or plant normally lives and grows., as are the preyNoun: An animal that is hunted as food by another animal. Verb: To attempt to take an animal for food. animals they need to survive. Cheetahs are also often viewed as pests by ranchers. Ranchers may shoot cheetahs to keep them away from their livestockAnimals that are kept or raised for a specific purpose. For example, a flock of sheep raised for their wool would be called livestock..