Cat in a Bush

Cheetah

 

Acinonyx jubatus

 

Cheetahs stand on tree branches or termite mounds to locate their prey.

They then try to get within 50 metres of their victims before moving in for the kill.

Special body adaptations allow cheetahs to reach speeds of more than 70 miles per hour.

A full sprint lasts about 20 seconds and rarely more than a minute.

Most hunts fail so cheetahs are forced to eat quickly in case they are challenged for their food.

Diet

Cheetahs hunt small to medium-sized mammals.

Size

A cheetah can be up to 150 centimetres (cm) long and 90cm high.

Their tails measure up to 80cm and they weigh, on average, 40 kilograms.

Location

Cheetahs are found in areas with tall grass and shrubs, mainly in sub-Saharan Africa and northern Iran.

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Taken on August 9, 2009