By Avery Benjamin

Cheetahs in the Wild

You may think you know a lot about a Cheetah's body, but there is still a lot you might not know. Have you ever seen black lines on a Cheetah's face? Those are called tear lines. They start at the inner corner of the eye, and end at the two corners of the mouth. Cheetahs have dark black spots on gold fur. Some people think their spots look like polka dots. Cheetahs also have great vision, hearing, and sense of smell. They also have hard pads at the bottom of their feet that help them run super fast when hunting.

A Cheetah is a carnivore, also known a meat eater. In order to catch their prey, they must hide first. This is easy for them because their spots help them camouflage. Unlike most animals, they hunt alone and during the day. Usually, Cheetahs don't catch anything. A Cheetah knocks it's prey down, then bites it's neck for 10 minutes, blocking it's throat. A Cheetah needs 30 minutes to rest after hunting before they eat.
A cheetah lives in the open savannahs and grasslands of Africa. A cheetah can usually adapt to any area very quickly. Sadly, cheetahs becoming endangered. This is because many humans have taken over this area, and most of their food. Fortunately, there are organizations that help cheetahs, including zoos that will protect them from anything that might harm them. The next time you see a cheetah in a zoo, think about what you could do to help!
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Cheetah living

Do you ever wonder how cheetahs live? Well, first they are born, blind and helpless. In about 10 days, they will start to gain sight, and explore their living space. Once a cheetah is 3 months old, they can walk. Then. at about 6 months old, they can start to follow their mother when she hunts. Next, they start to grow hair called a mantle. Mantle helps them look bigger than they are, to protect them from predators. When a cheetah is 6-8 months old, their mantle starts to fall out. Then, when a cheetah is one year old, they start to hunt alone. Finally. cheetahs become independent. and can then produce young.

In order to find a living space, they will first need to sniff around for other animals. If they invade a territory, they might get in trouble. Then, a cheetah marks it's territory with urine. A cheetah will try to find a grassy part of the African Savannahs to live in, so they can eat without harm. Finally, they can produce young there.

When a Cheetah is hunting for food, they will first need to find an animal. It usually takes a long time to find one. Then, they hide. This will be easy though, because they can camouflage. If the animal sees them, they sprint away. If a cheetah catches n animal, they block it's breathing by biting it's neck for 10 minutes. Next, they bring the animal back to it's living space. But before they eat, they need 30 minutes to catch their breath. If a cheetah has babies, they always share their food!

Cheetahs, Leopards, and Jaguars

Cheetahs, Lepords, and Jaguars

Some people mistake cheetahs for leopards, and jaguars mostly because of their spots. If you look closely, you can see the difference. A cheetahs spots look more like polka dots, while leopards and jaguars a rosette pattern. Cheetahs are the only ones who have tear lines. Tear lines are black lines that start at their eye, then go down to their mouth. A cheetahs body is also longer and leaner than a leopard or a jaguars body.


Like cheetah, leopards can adapt to any area very quickly. A cheetah lives in Africa, while leopards live in Africa, Asia, Sri, Lanka, and Java. Homes for jaguars range from Mexico, to Paraguay. Jaguars and leopards live in forests while a cheetah lives in an open grassy savannah.


A cheetah has a different diet then a leopard or a jaguar. A cheetah's diet might include: gazelles, antelope, gnu, and occasionally zebras. A leopard's diet might include: deer, goats, rabbits, monkeys, jackals, rodents, birds, snakes, fish, and bugs. A jaguars diet will include: capybaras, antelopes, armadillos, iguanas, and birds. A jaguar and a cheetah will eat in in their living space, while a leopard eat in a tree, so no other animals can see its catch .

Cheetahs Need help!

Although cheetahs live far far away from humans, we still destroy their home. How? Because of the landfills from all our garbage. Sometimes a cheetah might find garbage and start to eat the things in the pile. This is no good because it could make them sick, and more likely to be extinct. However, there is still a way to help. Try to recycle more. Or, just don´t use things that need to be thrown out!
Cheetahs might be endangered because of poachers. Although this may seem sad, the truth is that the more endangered they get, the more money their skin is worth. It is illegal to hunt cheetah skins, but people still do it anyway. Have you ever seen or heard of a king cheetah? Well, these are a very special cheetah because of their dark spots. We can help by setting up a wildlife preserve for the very special cheetah.
Cheetahs sometimes get killed because they eat some of a farmers livestock. This isnt fair, because they need to eat. If they can´t eat, they will die. But why get killed because your hungry? A way we can help is going to farms and talking to them about the situation. Or, you can set up wildlife preserves. You might also be able to talk to zoos about this, and they might give special care to cheetahs.

Cheetahs in Danger

Have you ever wondered why cheetahs die out so quickly? Maybe it's because of the horrible landfills they find. Sometimes, a cheetah might find a landfill and eat the garbage in it, making them sick. Then, a cheetah's prey could start to eat things in it. Finally, when they eat it, they will die. Because of this, it will be harder for other cheetahs to mate and have young.
Sometimes people build factories, or houses by the habitat of a cheetah, forcing them to leave. A cheetah's prey might also get scared by the buildings, so they move too. Then, a cheetah won't get to eat, and soon die. Cheetahs are beginning to become endangered because of this effect.
Another way cheetahs are endangered is because poachers hunt them for their skins. They know this is illegal, but they still hunt them anyway. When a cheetah is hunted, it makes it more possible for them to be extinct. If there are no more cheetahs, the life cycle in Africa could be in danger. Think about how many cheetahs die day because of these horrible effects.