African Cheetah

Acinonyx Jubatus

African Leopard

Weight: ±55kg's
Longevity: 15 years

Behaviour

The African cheetah is the world’s fastest land mammal, and can reach speeds of up to 110km per hour; however it can only run at these speeds for a short period of time.

Cheetahs are crepuscular animals, active in the mornings and early evenings. At night cheetahs will often find a place to hind and sleep.

These animals have only partially retractable claws, unlike other cats; this is to help them keep traction when running at high speeds.

Social Structure

Female cheetahs are mostly solitary animals, unless they are with their cubs or with males for mating purposes. They are also more territorial than the males.

Male cheetah can also be solitary however they are sometimes found in small coalitions of between 2 - 6 individuals. The coalitions are usually formed with their brothers.

Diet

Cheetahs are carnivores mostly favouring small to medium sized game. They will stalk their prey until close enough to chase it, when they are close enough they will trip their prey and suffocate the animal.

Cheetah being the smallest of the big cats, have to eat their food very quickly as they are often pushed of their prey by larger predators.

Breeding

Cheetah females will give birth to 2 - 5 cubs after a gestation of 3 months.

They cubs will leave to mother after 1,5 – 2 years.

Threats

Lions, leopards, and hyena are cheetah’s biggest threats, and many are killed by the much larger predators.

Humans also pose a huge threat to cheetah through habit loss, hunting, and poaching.