Cheetahs weigh between 88 and 140 pounds. They are the fastest animal in the world and can reach speeds of up to 70 miles per hour. Their diet depends on their location but they typically consume zebras, gazelles and wildebeests.Know More
Other large animals are not predators of the adult cheetah, however, a cheetah's cubs are susceptible to attacks by lions and eagles. There are approximately 8,500 cheetahs in the world and they are an animal that is facing extinction.
Cheetahs reach sexual maturity in 20 to 24 months. The average cheetah litter contains three cubs that have a lifespan of 10 to 12 years.Learn more about Large Cats
Cheetahs are slim cats with long legs, small heads and small paws with claws that cannot fully retract. Their body weight is between 50 and 160 pounds, and their length is between about 4 and 5 feet. Male cheetahs are generally larger than females. They have yellow to gray fur with randomly arranged, round black spots.Full Answer >
The cheetah is not as large and strong as most other predators, it defends itself by avoiding confrontation and surrendering its prey to other animals. If attacked, an adult cheetah can also use its speed to outrun other animals. Cheetah cubs protect themselves by hiding in thick bush.Full Answer >
A male cheetah is simply called a male cheetah. Likewise, female cheetahs are referred to as female cheetahs. Young cheetahs are called cubs and typically stay with their mother until they are about 1 year old.Full Answer >
When a predator such as the cheetah is removed from an ecosystem, the population of its natural prey increases. This has a rippling effect across the ecosystem, affecting a wide variety of organisms. Famine, disease and even wildfires can result from unchecked growth in other populations.Full Answer >