The cheetah is currently missing from its ecological niche hunting small prey animals, such as gazelle and warthogs during the day (not to be confused with the leopard; cheetahs used to hunt with their record-holding speed, therefore setting aside their own ecological role).
If you notice any of the following, please report to your local animal protection agency.
- Lanky, long-legged body
- (Normally) tan, black-spotted pelt, may have black stripes running down back
- Black "tear stripes" running from eyes to mouth
- Distinctly smaller in head, ears, and overall body size than its relatives the lion and leopard
- Long tails with black stripes near ends, and occasionally white tips
- 3.5 to 4.5 feet long, 75 to 145 pounds
- Females that live alone, males in permanent groups
The cheetah was last observed in populations spanning across Africa, into the Middle East, and as far-reaching as India. Now, they can be seen only dispersed across different areas of Africa, with a very small group in Iran
WHY YOU SHOULD KEEP AN EYE OUT
The cheetah is the fastest (known) land mammal, able to reach up to 64 miles per hour on short, up to one minute-long hunting chases. No other creature is able to hunt this way, and the cheetah's efforts keep fast-spreading prey populations in check.
Cheetah cubs are normally conceived and birthed within 3 months, and born in litters of 3. When the cubs are five to six weeks old, they follow their mothers on hunting trips, and until then, mothers keep them hidden, moving when necessary by carrying them