All About The Cheetah


The Cheetah Conservation Fund is based in the South Western African country of Namibia. Around one-third of the total cheetah population lives in Namibia itself, as well as its neighboring countries of South Africa, Botswana, Zambia, Angola and Zimbabwe.

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Cheetahs have slender and aerodynamic bodies, which are built for speed and quick agility. They are easily recognizable by their tan or golden coat, covered with small solid black spots. The tear markings on their faces, extending from the inner corners of the eyes down to the sides of the nose, are a distinctive feature. The tear markings are called Malar Stripes. Adult cheetahs typically weigh between 75 to 145 pounds (34 to 65 kilograms). They have a lightweight build, with long legs and a small head. Cheetahs also have non-retractable claws, which provide better traction during high-speed chases.

Cheetahs are the fastest land animals, capable of reaching speeds up to 60 to 70 miles per hour (97 to 113 kilometers per hour) in short bursts covering distances of around 500 meters. They use their incredible speed to chase down and catch prey, which are mainly gazelles and other small- to medium-sized ungulates.

Cheetahs’ foot pads are harder and less rounded than the other cats.