Cheetah

Cheetah

Scientific Name

Acinonyx jubatus

Range

Eastern and southern Africa

Habitats

Grasslands

What do they eat?

Carnivore; gazelles, antelope, hares

Status

Vulnerable and decreasing. However, there are a couple subspecies classified as Critically Endangered.

Lifespan

Average lifespan of 10 - 12 years

Conservation Threats

Habitat loss, illegal pet trade, hunted by farmers

Fun Facts
  • Cheetahs can run 70 mph and can reach top speed in just 3 seconds.
  • Cheetahs have "tear marks" that run from the inside corners of their eyes down to their mouth. These marks help reflect the glare of the sun when they are hunting during the day.
  • Cheetahs can't roar, so they are not classified as a "big cat."
  • At Naples Zoo, we have two cheetahs who are sisters.
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