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The cheetah is the world’s fastest land animal and Africa’s most endangered big cat. Adapted for speed, it is capable of reaching speeds of more than 68 miles per hour in just over three seconds and, at top speed, their stride is seven meters long. With its unique build, the cheetah is quite different from all other big cats and is the only member of its genus, Acinonyx.
See the fact file below for more information on the Cheetah or alternatively, you can download our 22 page Cheetah worksheet pack to utilise within the classroom or home environment.
Key Facts & Information
Phylum: Chordata (Vertebrate)
Class: Mammalia (Warm-blooded)
Order: Carnivora (Carnivorous with sharp teeth adapted to tear flesh)
Family: Felidae (belonging to cats)
Genus & species: Acinonyx jubatus
Size & Appearance:
- Cheetahs are 3.5 to 4.5 feet (1.1 to 1.4 meters) long from head to rump, and their tails add an additional 25.5 to 31.5 inches (65 to 80 centimeters).
- Normally, these big cats weigh around 77 to 143 lbs (35 to 65 kilograms).
- Distinctive black tear stripes run from the eyes to the mouth. The stripes are thought to protect the eyes from the sun’s glare. It is believed that they use it to focus on their prey.
- Adult cheetahs are distinguished from other big cats by their solid black spots. The color and spots are a form of camouflage, which helps cheetahs hunt prey and hide from other predators.
- Cheetahs are the only big cats with non-retractable claws.
- Until about three months of age, cheetah cubs have a thick silvery-grey mantle down their back.
Habitat & Habits:
- Cheetahs are mostly found in sub-Saharan Africa and in eastern and southern African parks. Some of them can still be found in southern Algeria and Iran.
- They like dry, open grasslands where they can pick up speed to kill prey.
- Male cheetahs are social but they are picky about who they hang out with. They form a small group or coalition composed of brothers.
- Female cheetahs, on the other hand, are loners and only spend time with their young. The only time females and males meet is during mating season.
- During daybreak and dusk, cheetahs spend their time stalking and catching prey.
- When hunting, they first stalk their prey. They then chase it down and tackle it. They suffocate their prey by clamping down on the throat with their jaws.
- Cheetahs are carnivores, meaning their primary food is meat. These predators stick to smaller prey such as gazelles, hares, young wildebeest, warthogs and birds.
- Cheetahs have evolved to suit a dry habitat. They only need to drink water every three or four days.
- Female cheetahs’ gestation period is around three months. On average, the mother will give birth to a litter of
- Baby cheetahs, called cubs, are very small when they are born, weighing 5 to 10 ounces (150 to 300 grams).
- Cubs will stay with their mother for one-and-a-half to two years.
- Until then, the mother teaches her cubs hunting and survival skills.
This is a fantastic bundle which includes everything you need to know about the Cheetah across 22 in-depth pages. These are ready-to-use Cheetah worksheets that are perfect for teaching students about The cheetah which is the world’s fastest land animal and Africa’s most endangered big cat.
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