The cheetah originated about 4 million years ago. The oldest fossils place it in
what is now Texas, Nevada and Wyoming. It was common throughout Asia, Africa,
Europe. All cheetah in Europe and most of those in Asia and Africa vanished. This
“bottleneck”, as theorized, led to the present state of cheetah genetics: all cheetah
alive today appear to be as closely related as identical twins.
A unique factor of the
cheetah is that it reaches up to speeds of 110 km/hr (68 Mph).
African Cheetah (A. jubatus) red area
Asiatic Cheetah (A. j. venaticus) green area
Range today are now commonly found only in
sub-Saharan Africa. Their range includes sparse sub-desert, steppe, medium and
They need bushes, tall grass and other large plants to hide from
Two groups exist in wild populations: the family group and males. Males,
often siblings, form a coalition of 2 or 3; rarely 1 will live alone. This coalition will
live and hunt together for life and claims a range which may overlap several female
territories. Males and females mix only to mate. The average life span of wild
radio-collared female cheetahs is 6.9 years which compares to 11.
7 years for those in
captivity. The niche is a top carnivore because it eats all the animals but is killed by
A cheetah is carnivorous and eats a variety of small animals. While most cats
are nocturnal predators, the cheetah is active in the day and not at night. Hunting
in early morning and late afternoon. Dependent on sight rather than smell. It likes
to stand on a tree limb and look over the aera around it.
The cheetah suffocates
most of its prey by closing its jaws about the animal’s windpipe and compressing.
Smaller animals like hares are killed by biting through the skull and. Cheetah eat
small antelope, the young of larger animals, as well as game birds and rabbits.
Human excess is probably the major factor pushing the cheetah toward
extinction. Too many people squeeze out other species by robbing them of living
space and limiting their food supply. Also the cheetah and its skin were a symbol of
wealth throughout recorded history.
In 1900 there were about 100,000 cheetah
worldwide. Present estimates place their number at 10 – 15 thousand with about
1/10 of those living in captivity. Namibia has the largest population of African
cheetah – about 2500. Smaller populations exist in Botswana, Zimbabwe, South
Africa, Kenya and Tanzania while 19 other countries have even fewer.
Could provide as much as N$150,000 for monitoring and conservation of the
Namibian cheetah under the NAPHA contract. Some breeding ground are the
(CCF) cheetah conservation fund, Dickerson park zoo, Columbus zoo, and MN zoo.
I think that my species should not be killed because it is a living thing and i dont
think living things should be killed for now reason of for there featurs.