Endangered Species: Cheetah

By: Tania El-Hage

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The Cheetah: Acinonyx Jubatos (It's Scientific Name)

Acinonyx Jubatus, as scientists call this beloved animal, the cheetah. It is an animal on the endangered species list. Known as the fastest mammal on Earth, the cheetah can run up to 75 miles an hour over short distances to catch prey!

Description of Cheetah


Its Skin Color (Physical Appearance):

  • Its color varies from a light orange color to a normal orange color with black spots


Size Range:

  • They can be up to 3 1/2 to 4 1/2 feet long; their tails up to 30 inches


Weight Range:

  • They weigh 75 to 145 pounds in total (Females tend to weigh 10 pounds less than the male, since the males are more robust)


Outstanding Characteristics:

  • Its tail is used as a rudder during high-speed chases in the wild
  • Its adaptations for speed include its heart, lungs, adrenals, and bronchi
  • They have a slender and lightweight body, making it easier for it to run

A Cheetah's Habitat: Where In The World Is It Found?

A cheetah's habitat consists of open plains. They live in open (and partly) open savannas. They are mostly found in Southern Africa.

Food

Since Cheetah's are carnivores, they depend on eating meat to live. Their diet consists of gazelles, wildebeest calves, impalas, and smaller hoofed animals. The cheetah can also eat rabbits, birds, antelopes, hares, and warthogs.

Interesting Facts About The Cheetah

Why Are Cheetahs Becoming Endangered? Do They Have Any Natural Enemies?

Cheetahs are becoming endangered because of many reasons, such as a decline in prey and loss of habitat, but probably the most important reason of why cheetahs are becoming endangered is because of habitat loss. Many cubs don't achieve adulthood because of many predators that compete with cheetahs. A cheetah's natural enemy would have to be a bigger cat, like the lion, and an animal pack, like hyenas and the African wild dogs.

How Many Are Estimated To Still Be Alive In The World?

In the 1990s, about 100,000 cheetah's were alive. Now, only about 9,000 to 12,000 cheetahs are remain in Africa. Some groups of cheetahs (about 200) live in Iran.

What Conservative Efforts Are Being Taken By Society To Save The Cheetah?

Some conversations have been made to save the cheetah. For instance, CCF (Cheetah Conservation Fund) began educating livestock farmers around Namibia in the early 1990s about how to prevent cheetahs from preying on their livestock without heading to the rifle. As a result of these education efforts, along with stronger enforcement of endangered species and anti-poaching laws, cheetah populations in that country sustained—now some 2,500-3,000 cheetahs make their home in Namibia—after having fallen to half that the previous decade. Clearly much more efforts are needed.

What Steps Can We Take To Save The Cheetah?

1) We can first STOP killing cheetahs.

2) Cheetahs can be saved if humans respect the environment and its natural balance between game and predators.

3) Cheetahs can be saved if people choose to see them roaming around in the wild during a safari, rather than being trapped in a cage.

4) RESPECT THE CHEETAHS!!!

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Do you want to save a cheetah? Well, think FAST...because you have to catch up to them!
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Bibliography

The Picture On the Right:

http://www.cheetahsalive.or

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The Beginning Picture

https://upload.wikimedia.org

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The Cheetah: Acinonyx Jubatos (It's Scientific Name)

http://ecos.fws.gov/tess_public/profile/speciesProfile?spcode=A00S

http://animals.sandiegozoo.org/sites/default/files/juicebox_slides/cheetah_05.jpg

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Description of Cheetah

https://nationalzoo.si.edu/Animals/AfricanSavanna/Facts/fact-cheetah.cfm

http://africawildlife.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2013/08/shutterstock_129414410.jpg

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A Cheetah's Habitat

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

http://photos.mongabay.com/j/Cheetahs-fitted-with-collars-(c)-Na-an-ku-se-Research-Project.1100.jpg


Food

http://www.conservationinstitute.org/cheetah-facts/

https://sites.google.com/site/cheetahlb2013p6s/_/rsrc/1369431003799/feeding-habits/Cheetah%20Foodweb.png?height=325&width=400


Interesting Facts About The Cheetah

http://www.onekind.org/education/animals_a_z/cheetah

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http://www.landofpyramids.org/images/twin-lions.jpg

http://i.telegraph.co.uk/multimedia/archive/03165/cheetah5_3165726c.jpg


Why Are Cheetah's Becoming Endangered? Do They Have Any Natural Enemies?

http://www.drivesouthafrica.co.za/images/uploads/Cheetah.jpg

http://ecological-problems.blogspot.com/2009/09/why-are-cheetahs-endangered.html

http://www.answers.com/Q/What_is_a_natural_enemy_of_a_cheetah


How Many Are Estimated To Still Be Alive In The World?

http://www.defenders.org/cheetah/basic-facts

http://img.thesun.co.uk/aidemitlum/archive/01552/Cheetah_mother_sha_1552107a.jpg


What Conservative Efforts Are Being Taken By Society To Save The Cheetah?

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/earthtalks-save-the-cheetah/

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What Steps Can We Take To Save The Cheetah?

http://www.inverdoorn.com/capecheetah-blog/10-creative-ways-to-save-the-cheetah-3

http://science-all.com/images/cheetah/cheetah-06.jpg


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The Ending Picture

http://sd.keepcalm-o-matic.co.uk/i-w600/keep-calm-and-love-cheetahs-7.jpg