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Cheetahs are considered as the fastest mammal on the earth. It is the fastest of all terestrial animals and can reach speeds of over 110 km/h in short bursts. Even most of the sports car would stay behind on speed with Cheetah. They have very attractive appearance with yellow fur and small black dots. They have small head and a long tail that helps in balancing and changing direction quickly.

Cheetahs are mainly found in the continents of Asia and Africa. Their main habitat is open grassland and their main preys are hare, gazelle, antelope and others. The cheetah prefers to live in an open biotope, such as semi-desert, prairie, and thick brush. Cheetahs have threat from human, lion and eagles which has reduced their population.

Cheetahs are found in the wild only in Africa, but in the past their range extended into northern India and the Iranian plateau, where they were domesticated by aristocrats and used to hunt antelopes.

Females give birth to 3 to 5 cubs, after a gestation of 90 to 95 days. The cubs weigh from 150 to 300 g at birth. They leave their mother between 13 and 20 months after birth. The cheetah can live over 20 years. Unlike other felines, the adult females do not have true territories and seem to avoid each other. Males sometimes form small groups, especially when they came from the same litter.

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Cheetah Internet resources

Junglewalk - Cheetah sounds and
Junglewalk is a classified directory of animal video clips, sound clips, pictures and information

The Cheetah is an atypical member of the cat family (Felidae) that hunts by speed rather than by stealth or pack tactics

Cheetah Fun Facts, Fact Sheet, Conservation Status and Description from the National Zoo.

Cheetah information, includes a picture.

Cheetah Pictures
Cheetah Pictures, clipart, illustrations and photos

The cheetah is the world’s fastest land animal. Over short distances, it can sprint up to 70 miles per hour

Cheetah Quick Facts
Long and lanky, cheetahs are the sprinters of the cat world. Their bodies are uniquely designed to run very fast for fairly short distances, allowing them to catch prey that other big cats can’t get

The world's fastest land mammal is vulnerable to extinction throughout its range

Coloring Book: Animals (A to I)
Cheetah Coloring pages and more to download. PDF

The Cheetah Spot
Information on the history, socialization,habitat, food and more..

Cheetah Conservation
An organization with a mission to secure habitats for the long term survival of cheetah and their ecosystems through multi-disciplined and integrated programs of conservation, research and education.

Nature: Cheetahs in a Hot Spot
Information about cheetahs including how they are built for speed, their ability as a skilled hunter, and also find out about efforts to protect and relocate these endangered animals.

Live Cheetah Camera
Watch a Live Cheetah Camera

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