Middle Eastern Endangered Animals

Cheetah

Apperance

The cheetah's body is covered with a yellowish tan, or tawny color with black spots on the upper parts of the body, and whitish parts near the lower end. The tail has black rings near the edge.The cheetah is a mammal with a small head, high-set eyes, and small, flatten ears. The cheetah is famous for it's "tear lines" running down the corners of it's eyes to the muzzle. The cheetah is the fastest mammal on the planet, being able to run 87 kilometers per hour.

Habitat

The cheetah remains mostly in sub - Saharan Africa. It lives mostly in open, grassy, savanna plains. The cheetah prefers the semi - desert climate. It makes it's home in dry bushes, shrubs, and open forests.

Food

Cheetahs normally eat medium sized antelopes, and gazelles. Males normally hunt something larger, such as wildebeest. The most common hunting ground for the cheeta is a plain. The cheetah is a carnivore, having a able, agile body for hunting. In most cases, the cheetah is the predator, but becomes prey to lions and hyenas during childhood. Cheetahs mainly hunt during the day, to avoid competition with other predetors.

Adaptation

Unlike other cats, the cheetah's claws don't retract, so that they could gain grip when running away from danger. It's rangy frame consists of long limbs and deep chest cavity. When in a hunting sprint, the cheetah uses it's large nostrils to allow large amounts of air to enter the lungs.

Critical Endangerment

Cheetahs are endangered in their range because of the loss of habitat and prey. Cheetahs lack genetic variation to sudden environment changes, disease, and hunting. The competition with the carnivores are also the cause of endangerment. Lions and hyaenas kill cheetah cubs and even drive the adult cheetahs out of their habitat. Tourism is also a cause because tourist vehicles drive the prey away from the cheetah.


The cheetah is protected by law in these states:

Namibia

South Africa

Zimbabwe

Hunting cheetahs are only allowed to those who own the property which the cheetah resides.


Sources

"Cheetah." Cheetah n.pag. Arkive.com. Web. 24 Mar 2013. <http://www.arkive.org/cheetah/acinonyx-jubatus/>.

Rhonda, Klevansky, and Klevansky Rhonda. Big Cats. 1st edition. 1. London: Hermes House, 1999. 50 - 51. Print.


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