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Facts about cheetahs

Updated on August 4, 2015

Introduction to cheetahs

Cheetahs are my favourite of all the big cats so wanted to share with you all some information about them.

Cheetahs today are mainly found in Africa spread across 24 - 26 of the countries and less than 100 are found in Iran. Namibia has the highest population of cheetahs left, there are about 3000.

The cheetah has a very lean and slender body with long legs, their coat is a tan colour with black spots and is short and coarse to the touch. Some people mistake cheetahs for leopards, the easiest way to tell them apart is by the cheetahs "tear marks" on it's face starting from the inside corner of their eye down to their mouth. Other than it looking pretty it actually serves a purpose, the tear marks keeps the sun out of a cheetahs eyes which assists with hunting.


Cheetah facts

- Most obvious fact is that the cheetah is the worlds fastest land animal and can reach speeds of 70mph.

- Cheetahs are the only big cat that does not have retractable claws. If you look at them they are like dog paws which is quite a unique feature for a big cat.

- Cheetahs don't roar like lions, they actually purr instead like your common house cats except much louder.

- The sound a cheetah makes sounds more like a birds chirp. The babies also make these sounds.

- The Swahili word for cheetah is duma.

- The word cheetah derived from an Indian word meaning "spotted one".

- People used to train cheetahs for hunting and kept them as pets.

Listen to these cute baby cheetahs chirp!

If you would love to help please visit the site below. The Cheetah Conservation Fund works tirelessly to ensure these beautiful animals do not go extinct in the wild.


The cheetah was found on five continents but now is now an endangered species due to loss of habitat, humans taking up the land, as well as its own loss of genetic variation, are the main threats facing the cheetah today.
The cheetah needs large expanses of land to survive, but with changes in land this area is becoming smaller and smaller. Unfortunately, captive breeding efforts have not proven meaningful to the cheetah's hopes of survival.
We can only hope that the Cheetah Conservation Fund is successful in keeping this species alive.


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      BabyCheetah 4 years ago from Melbourne

      Thank you so much :)

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      Mohammad Mottakin 4 years ago from Dhaka Bangladesh

      i have seen the pictures and read the descriptions on cheetah. i have liked them.

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      BabyCheetah 5 years ago from Melbourne

      Thank you Tony. I'm glad you like the hub and that you stopped by to look :)

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      Tony Mead 5 years ago from Yorkshire

      babycheetah, I like any of the big cats, cheetahs are wonderful to watch particularly when they are hunting. They are one of the big cats that can be trained quite easily, and were used by ancient civilisations as hunters.

      nice hub, voted interesting and up.

      I'm on a mission to visit everyone who has visited and followed me.

      with respect


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      BabyCheetah 6 years ago from Melbourne

      Thank you, I'm gald you did get something out of it and liked it :)

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      Nurfninja 6 years ago from Earth

      It's a really cool post and you have a good talent not to be messed with

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      Nurfninja 6 years ago from Earth

      That was so awesome! thanks for facts, you taught me that cheetahs could purr and do not have retractable claws.