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We found 15 interesting facts about cheetahs

The cheetah is a carnivorous mammal of the cat family, also called the leopard or maned fixed claw.

Cheetahs are animals of the savanna, vast areas of Africa, the Arabian Peninsula and India. Their population continues to decline due to the destruction of their natural habitat. These are very interesting animals, as you can see by reading interesting facts about their life.


Cheetahs are the fastest land animals in the world.

Their flexible, slender body is designed for fast running. At short distances, they can reach speeds of almost 100 km/h in 3 seconds, which allows them to hunt very agile animals.

Cheetahs are predators.

They mainly feed on small (up to 40 kg) mammals such as gazelles, young wildebeest and impalas. Cheetahs are diurnal, unlike other big cats. They usually hunt in the morning or late evening. The impulse to attack in cheetahs is to rush to escape a potential victim. After approaching the victim to a distance of about 10 m, the chase begins and ends within a minute.

When hunting, they rely mainly on vision and speed.


They are one of the few felines (along with the short cat, the island cat, and the spotted cat) that cannot retract their claws.

The cheetah's claws are blunt, slightly curved, do not retract, and provide their paws with good grip on the ground, which allows them to make sharp turns while running.

Cheetahs' fur is very thick.

On the underside of the body it is painted white, on top - brown or yellow, evenly covered with black, densely located spots. A black stripe runs from the inner corner of the eye to the muzzle.

Some young cheetahs have a mane on the back of their neck.

This helps them camouflage and helps the mother carry the baby.

Males are usually larger than females.

They also have a slightly larger head and a more muscular body.

Cheetahs can live more than 20 years.

Males sometimes form small groups, especially if they are from the same litter. Females, unlike other cats, do not have their own territory and tend to avoid each other.

Pregnancy in cheetahs lasts from 90 to 95 days.

Females give birth to 3 to 5 young, which separate from the mother at 13 to 20 months of age.

Cheetahs are much less aggressive than other big cats.

These are the only big cats that do not attack people. Cubs are sometimes sold as pets. This is illegal because international conventions prohibit the breeding of wild animals or endangered species.

Adult cheetahs never climb trees.

Cheetah cubs can climb trees, but adults cannot.

There are five subspecies of Acinonyx jubatus.

Three of them: the Saharan cheetah, the Abyssinian cheetah and the Persian cheetah are critically endangered species.

There are 2 to 3 spots on the cheetah's body.

Thanks to these spots, predators are very well camouflaged.

Cheetahs can drink once every 3-4 days.

These animals are perfectly adapted to the conditions in which they live.

Female cheetahs live alone, while males live in families of 2-3 individuals.

A female cheetah's only company is her offspring.
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