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Cheetah

Acinonyx jubatus
Mammal

IUCN Status
Vulnerable listing by the IUCN with less than 7,000 breeding individuals left in the wild.



Diet

Prey animals up to 40kgs which would include any gazelles such as impala, young warthogs, wildebeest calves, hares & rabbits etc..

Habitat

Open plains of Africa and formerly Asia (now just Iran)

Behaviour

A diurnal feline hunter (most other cats hunt at night) relying on quick bursts of speed to catch grazing herbivores in open areas.

Breeding

Maturing at 20 months, a gestation of 90 days and a litter size of up to 9 cubs should make this cat a very prolific species (infant mortality can be as high as 90% though)!

Fun Facts

The fastest running animal in the world (0-60mph in 3 seconds) and possibly the fastest ever a mammal will be able to run even in the future!

A small population of about 50 Asian cheetahs exist in Iran which is all that is left from an area that included most of Asia.

At The Zoo

 We have a trio of cheetah at the zoo. We are not expecting to breed them but the two younger related female cheetahs are keeping our original male company as his sister is no longer with us. This is unusual and would not happen in the wild as although coalitions are found they are same sexed and usually all siblings.