Cheetah are a large predatory cat, with a sleek
Other Names: Duma, Guepardo, Cheeta
Cheetah in Foreign Languages:
Dutch: Jachtluipaard / Cheeta
Navajo: Náshdóítsoh Dijádí
Portuguese: Guepardo / Chita
Spanish: Guepardo / Chita / Leopardo
Vietnamese: Báo San
Conservation Status: Vulnerable / Endangered
Population: There are an estimated 12,000
cheetahs left in the world.
Size: Cheetahs are 3.6 to 4.4 feet long and
have a tail that is 26 to 33 inches long. Cheetahs weigh
77 to 143 lbs.
Habitat: Cheetahs are found in Africa and Iran.
Cheetahs frequent the grasslands and open plains.
Description: The cheetah's chest is deep and
it has a narrow waist. Cheetahs have a coarse coat of
short fur with round black spots. Cheetahs have a sleek
build. Cheetahs have semi-retractable claws.
Diet: Cheetahs are predators. Cheetahs will
eat antelope, birds, rabbits, porcupines, and ostriches.
Cheetahs are not able to protect their prey from other
large cats so they must eat quickly.
Gestation: Cheetahs carry their young for up
to 3 months.
Birth: Cheetahs give birth to litters of 1 to
8 cubs. Cheetahs typically have litters of 3 to 5 kittens.
Cheetah kittens are 5 to 10 ounces at birth. Cheetah
cubs will stay with their mother for their first 18
months of their life.
Sexually Mature: Cheetahs are sexually mature
between the ages of 3 to 5.
Life Span: The cheetah has the average
life span of 10 to 12 years. Cheetahs will live
up to 17 years in captivity.
Did You Know?
Cheetahs do not require much water.
Cheetahs get the moisture they need
from the bodies of their prey.
Social Structure: Cheetahs are solitary creature
and generally considered peaceful. The exception is
at breeding time, when males fight over females, and
have been known to kill each other.