The African Cheetah

By:Bailey Standokes

Visual

Structural Adaptations

  1. Cheetahs have distinctive spotted coats to help blend in with the environment.
  2. Cheetahs only have to drink every 3-4 days, this feature helps cheetahs adapt to arid climates.
  3. Cheetahs have non-retractable claws for easy access to gripping the ground when running.
  4. Cheetahs have large nostrils, and very large lungs for faster oxygen intake.

Behavioral Adaptations

  1. Cheetahs do not hunt during the night because they cant see their prey in the dark.
  2. Cheetahs sneak up very close to their prey before running after it. This increases a cheetahs chances of catching their prey.
  3. After capturing prey a cheetah finds a hiding spot to eat it so it doesn't get stolen by other animals that are looking for food too.

Breeding

Cheetahs are bred naturally in the wild. Since it is natural breeding there is no change in behavior or appearance.

Cheetah biome

A cheetah's biome is the African savanna. Two biotic factors of this environment are grass and acacia trees, this helps a cheetah hide and a cheetah sleeps in trees. Two abiotic factors are rocks and water. These two abiotic factors are crucial to helps cheetahs survive. The rocks are like lookout points for cheetahs to help see their prey along all the land. And the water is to keep the cheetah hydrated and healthy in the hot, and dry climate of the savanna.

Interesting Cheetah Facts

  1. Cheetahs don't roar they chirp to their young ,purr and growl when threatened.
  2. Cheetahs are the only big cat that can turn in the air while sprinting.
  3. The name "Cheetah" comes from Indian word meaning "Spotted one".
  4. Cheetahs have tear marks going down their face to shield their eyes from the sun to catch prey.
  5. When running full speed their stride is 6-7 meters long.
  6. A cheetah can run 68-75 mph. at full speed.
  7. Young cheetahs have thick fur with a white stripe down their back. This makes the cub look like a Honey badger hiding in the grass. A Honey badger is a small mammal, about the size of a cheetah cub, that is fierce and can scare away a full grown lion when threatened. This feature keeps the cheetah safe while the mother hunts for food.
  8. Cheetahs eat Gazelle, Antelope, and Hares.

Citations

http://www.funzoomiami.org/Animals/Africa/Mammals/Cheetah

https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=images&cd=&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0ahUKEwiUr_WeneHJAhUMJCYKHalpCGwQjRwIBw&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.exploringnature.org%2Fdb%2Fview%2F1675&psig=AFQjCNFqRJDQoAAOPT6w8OyMk7p9XyP-3A&ust=1450384435394323http://www.lions.org/cheetah.html

http://www.lions.org/cheetah-habitat.htmlhttp://www.onekind.org/education/animals_a_z/cheetah

http://cheetah.org/about-the-cheetah/for-kids/

http://www.outtoafrica.nl/animals/engcheetah.html

http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/mammals/cheetah/

http://www.livescience.com/27319-cheetahs.html

Photo Citations

http://i.huffpost.com/gen/2350050/images/o-CHEETAH-facebook.jpg

http://media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m8ctfb8p3H1r42opa.jpg

http://www.terrain.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/cheetah.jpg

http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/wallpaper/animals/photos/big-cats/cheetahs/

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https://encrypted-tbn2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcRNInW6yqK3kiWM_ZDBd3ReridbF5ffsOz66vrSurnPRUIc3o5v

http://media1.santabanta.com/full1/Animhttp://www.zooborns.com/.a/6a010535647bf3970b0120a55facdb970c-pials/Cheetah/cheetah-5a.jpg

http://media.oregonlive.com/environment_impact/photo/9500443-large.jpg

http://www.kenya.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/Cheetah-325x200.jpg

http://animals.mom.me/DM-Resize/photos.demandstudios.com/getty/article/18/69/87835729.jpg?w=600&h=600&keep_ratio=1&webp=1

Comments

In this project I have added pictures and lots of extra information to go above and beyond. In each section I added a picture of cheetah which added creativity to my project. I added many extra facts about cheetahs, which would be extra details, or information.