Cheetahs are a member of the cat family well known for their ability to accelerate from 0km/h to 110km/h (68mph) in just three seconds. This post will tell you exactly where cheetahs live and also look at some interesting and fun facts about Cheetahs.
Habitats and countries where you can find a cheetah
Cheetahs are found primarily in Africa, although they used to extend into most of Asia. There are a few cheetahs living in Iran and conservationists there are trying to ensure that the population does not become extinct. Besides those cheetahs in Iran (estimated at 50), all others are located in Africa. There are some unconfirmed reports which indicate that there are cheetahs in India. Cheetahs love to live in semi-desert environments where there is thick brush and lots of open, flat land. However, cheetahs can live in a variety of different habitats. Cheetahs in Namibia live in grasslands, savannahs and on mountains.
Facts about cheetahs
- ‘Cheetah’ is the name of a film made by Walt Disney Pictures in 1989. It starred Keith Coogan.
- Conservationists list the cheetah as a vulnerable animal.
- The word ‘cheetah’ is derived from the word chitrak?ya? in classical Indian (called Sanskrit).
- Cheetahs can purr but they cannot roar
- Adult cheetahs weigh between 40kg (88lb) and 70kg (160lb).
- Cheetahs can run fast due to the following adaptations; large nostrils for increased oxygen intake, enlarged heart to pump blood quickly, large lungs to circulate oxygen quickly and effectively.
- It is very difficult to breed cheetahs in captivity. Only a few zoos in the world have been successful at breeding cheetahs.
- The average number of babies a female cheetah gives birth to is 3-5. They can give birth to 9 cubs.
- Cheetah’s are carnivores. They feed upon gazelles, springbok and impala. When hunting in groups, cheetahs may prey on baby zebras.