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All about Cheetahs

Description of Cheetahs
The carnivorous Cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus) is described as the fastest mammal on Earth. It has long legs, a tall, slim build and its colors are tawny, black-spotted fur. The cheetah's spots help to camouflage it in its environment. Unlike the other cats it has non-retractile claws. The name Cheetah comes from the Hindu word ''chita'' meaning 'spotted one'. The scientists who study animals (zoology ) are called zoologists. Each animal that is studied is classified, that is, split into descriptive groups starting with main groups ( vertebrates and invertebrates ) the Families of animals are also included such as Ursidae ( the family of bears) and the families are then split into species such as Ursus americanus (American Black Bear)

Species of Cheetahs
The cheetah, Acinonyx jubatus, is the sole member of its genus - all other species have become extinct. There are 5 subspecies of cheetah in the genus Acinonyx - 4 in Africa and 1 in Iran.

Facts about where Cheetahs live and what they eat!

Cheetahs are native to Africa and Asia The common habitat are grasslands, forests and desert-like plains The diet of Cheetahs consist of small and larger game including antelope, zebra hares and rodents

Basic Facts about Cheetahs

The name of a male is referred to simply as a cheetah The name of a female is referred to as a she-cheetah The name or offspring, or baby Cheetahs, is a cub The average size of a litter is between 2 - 5 cubs The sound made by Cheetahs is referred to as a growl, hiss or snarl

Facts about the Size of Cheetahs

Fully grown cheetahs reach the height to shoulder of 2.3 2.8 feet Adult cheetahs weigh between 75-150 pounds

Cool and Fun Facts about the life, behavior and personality of Cheetahs

Cheetahs were trained by man for hunting as long as 3000 BC They have a keen sense of hearing, sight and smell A fully grown cheetah can reach speeds in excess of 60 mph No natural enemies Cheetahs are often mistaken for leopards The Female cheetah is solitary Male cheetahs live in small groups Cheetahs Lifespan - Up to 12 years in the wild

Endangered Species
Wild life experts consider that Cheetahs are an endangered species An endangered species is one that is in danger of extinction throughout all or a significant portion of its range. The Causes of a species of animal becoming endangered are due to Habitat Destruction, Introduction of Exotic Species, Disease, Pollution, and Over exploitation. Endangered Species Organizations are dedicated to saving and preserving the world's most endangered wildlife. Interesting facts about endangered Species including the cheetah.