Distribution: Eastern and southern Africa
Habitat: Savannah and open forests
Description: The Cheetah has a yellowish coat with small black spots and a ringed tail that is 60–80 cm long. Its coat pattern is used for camouflage. The cheetah has a relatively small head and sleek body.
Diet: The Cheetah is a carnivore and eats medium-sized herbivores such as gazelles, antelopes, and smaller animals like hares.
In the wild: Cubs leave their mother at 13–20 months but the siblings may stay together for longer.
Threats: The Cheetah was once widespread across Asia and Africa. Now there are only approximately 60 Asian Cheetahs surviving in reserves in Iran. Only scattered populations survive in suitable habitat in Africa. Cheetahs are hunted by humans for their fur and their threat to livestock. They are also threatened by habitat loss and human encroachment.
At Perth Zoo: Perth Zoo’s Cheetah can be seen in the African Savannah.
Did you know? The Cheetah is the world’s fastest land animal and can sprint at over 110 kph for 10–20 seconds. Prey will survive if it can outrun this quick attack.