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Scientific Name:

Acinonyx jubatus


S, E, NW Africa, Iran.


Carnivore. Gazelles, small to medium-sized antelopes or larger ungulates, giraffe and African buffalo calves, warthogs, sheep, ostriches, guineafowl, hares.


Habitat: Open grassy plains, arid land.

Weight:  male: 54kg , female: 43 kg

Dimensions: head to torso 121-145cm, height 79-94cm

Gestation: 90-98 days, 1-8 young

Lifespan: ~8 years

Social structure: Solitary females, male groups, females with their offspring.

Estimated population in the wild: 7,000 - 10,000

IUCN Status: Vulnerable

Threats: Habitat loss and fragmentation, conflict with farmers, competition with other large predators, high (up to 95%) juvenile mortality (mainly due to predation by lions).


Did you know that:

  1. It is the fastest mammal on Earth reaching up to 110km/hour, but only for short distances up to 300m.
  2. Its claws are not fully retractable, enabling it to grip the ground when in a hunting sprint.
  3. Unlike other big cats, cheetahs cannot roar, but they will purr.

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