IUCN Status: Vulnerable
Prey animals up to 40kgs which would include any gazelles such as impala, young warthogs, wildebeest calves, hares & rabbits etc..
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
We have a related trio of cheetah at the zoo (mum & her two daughters). We are not expected to breed from these in the International breeding program as their mother was successfull at Boras zoo in Sweden. She has a few older offspring breeding in Euorpean zoos controlled by the stud book.
Open plains of Africa and formerly Asia (now just Iran)
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.
A diurnal feline hunter (most other cats hunt at night) relying on quick bursts of speed to catch grazing herbivores in open areas.