Africa's Endangered Species

The Cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus)

Description of the Cheetah

  • The cheetah have many amazing features. (OA)
  • Most cheetahs are 30 inches at the shoulder. (OA)
  • The average weight of a cheetah is around 110 to 140 pounds. (OA)
  • Their usual lifespan is 10 to 20 years. (RL)
  • Some of the cheetah's predators are eagles, humans, hyenas, and lions. (OA)
  • The cheetah is considered a mammal. (OA)
  • The cheetah's chest is deep and its waist is narrow. (OA)
  • Cheetahs are least able to adapt to new environments. (RL)
  • The cheetah can run faster than any other land animal and can reach speeds up to 70 to 75 mph. (OA)

WHERE DOES THE CHEETAH BELONG IN THE FOOD CHAIN?

  • Some of the cheetah's food sources are antelope and other small game. (RL)
  • The cheetahs get their food on the African plains. (RL)
  • A cheetah is a carnivore. (RL)
  • The cheetahs' predators are eagles, humans, hyenas, and lions. (RL)
  • Cheetahs eat small to medium sized mammals such as gazelles and impala. (RL)
  • Cheetahs also hunt young zebra and wildebeests. (RL)

THE CHEETAHS' HABITAT

  • The cheetahs are mainly found in Africa, but they also live in Asia as well. (LS)
  • Some countries they live in are Iran, Tanzania, Botswana. (LS)
  • They also live in the central Sahara Desert. (LS)
  • Cheetahs live in savanna woodlands, semi-deserts, dry forests, and other grassy habitats. (LS)
  • The climate that cheetahs strive in is the tropical savanna climate. (LS)
  • Cheetahs like to live in the open and they live in the thick prairie bush so predators cannot spot them. (LS)

How does a cheetah adapt to its environment?

  • Cheetahs usually have small teeth because most of their prey are easy to chew. (OA)
  • Cheetahs have bigger nasal cavities that allow it to suck greater air needed as they sprint for their prey. (OA)
  • Cheetahs have black lines down their face called "tear marks" and the prevent glare from the sun. (OA)
  • The cheetah's claws help the cheetah to be the fastest land animal. (OA)
  • The cheetah's dark spots on a light background help it camouflage. (OA)
  • The cheetah can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 3.4 seconds. (OA)
  • Cheetah's great speed comes from their long stride and limber but muscular legs.(OA)
  • Cheetahs growl or yowl when they are facing danger. (OA)
  • Cheetahs mostly hunt by themselves, but some male cheetahs hunt with other male cheetahs. (OA)

Why are cheetahs endangered?

  • Many farmers killed cheetahs because they had conflicts. (OA)
  • Disease is a potential threat to the cheetah. (OA)
  • Another threat is competition with other large predators. (OA)
  • Several countries, including Namibia and Kenya have developed national action plans or conservation strategies. (RL)
  • You can donate funds to the Endangered Animal Foundation to help preserve the cheetah. (RL)
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Photo Credits

Cheetah Picture(the first one)- Credits to defenders.org

Cheetah Hunting Gazelle- Credits to greatinspire.com

Cheetah Cub- Credits to nationalgeographic.com

Cheetah Stalking Prey- Credits to commons.wikimedia.org

Cheetah Habitat Map- Credits to cheetah-facts.com

Black Rhino Picture- Credits to gambassa.com

Asian Tiger Picture- Credits to wordpress.com

Mountain Zebra Picture- Credits to konicminolta.com

Video Credits

Credits to user Whittywhit253 for posting the video on YouTube.com.