A study published in 2013 established an individual top cheetah speed of 59 mph. The fastest cheetah, appropriately named Ferrari, ran on a flat track-like surface through vegetation.Know More
Ferrari's speed was recorded by a team of researchers in Botswana who outfitted wild cheetahs with motion- and acceleration-tracking collars. They measured 367 runs, approximately one-fourth of which ended in a kill. This was the first exhaustive study in several decades. The previous accepted top speed was 64 mph, recorded in 1964.
Team leader, Professor Alan Wilson with the Royal Veterinary College of the University of London, has commented that the researchers learned about a good deal more than maximum cheetah running speeds. Cheetahs rarely run at full tilt. An average top speed of 33 mph was indicative of the cheetahs' need to preserve maneuverability. The researchers also studied hunting tactics, biomechanics and bone composition.Learn more about Large Cats
A group of cheetahs is called a coalition. Coalitions are typically groups of two to three males, and they are often formed between brothers and rarely include unrelated male cheetahs.Full Answer >
Cheetahs communicate through scent, sound and body posture. Cheetahs detect the presence of other cheetahs in their range by smelling the urine or feces left on trees, rocks and termite mounds. By smelling such substances, cheetahs can determine the health and reproductive status of the cat who left them. Cheetahs also communicate with others of their species through a variety of vocalizations and with postures of submission or intimidation.Full Answer >
The endangered cheetah faces the possibility of extinction with its numbers continuing to dwindle thanks to a loss of habitat, largely due to ranching and an increasing human population in areas that formerly served as their habitat.Full Answer >
Occasionally, cheetahs are attacked by larger predators such as lions, hyenas and leopards. For adult cheetahs, this is a rare occurrence, but for cheetah cubs, the mortality rate reaches around 90 percent.Full Answer >