It is quite likely that all some
people would know is that the cheetah is the fastest land
animal on earth. There are however a few other great and
interesting cheetah facts you might want to
Cheetah Fact #1- The cheetah is built for
The cheetah has become the
fastest land animal because it was built for speed. It has a
lean body, slender neck, small head, padded feet, long legs and
flexible spine. It additionally has a long, powerful tail that
offers balance as the cheetah moves. Such a compact, slender
and light body structure can promote greater mobility at fast
speeds. Its internal organs, with large arteries, lungs and
liver, contribute to its speed too. The cheetah can run up to
more or less 70 mph but never at this rate for extended periods
of time. Because of its body built for speed it does not have
as much jaw and body strength as the others in the cat family.
Now here are some Cheetah facts you may not have
Cheetah Fact #2- They are
Some cheetah facts state that
these animals are open plain animals. This may partly be true
because cheetahs do roam around open plains. They have however
been known to also thrive well in places with dense vegetation.
They use vegetation or what little cover there is in the open
to hunt for their food. They initially stalk their prey before
breaking out in a burst of speed to quickly catch their prey.
Since they are light and slim predators, they prefer animals
that are also lightweight like antelope. Cheetahs rely on sight
to hunt that is why they hunt in the day. The dark tear marks
on their eyes help shade their eyes from sun glare.
Cheetah Fact #3- Female
cheetahs are good mothers.
Some cheetah facts do not take
into account the amazing parenting skills of female cheetahs.
Since cheetahs need to hunt, she keeps her cubs hidden for the
first few weeks. She may also transfer the location of her cubs
to prevent predators from locating them. After a month and a
half, the cubs are able to tag along with their mother as the
mother cheetah catches food for herself and her cubs. A little
after six months, a cheetah mother will begin teaching her cubs
to hunt by releasing prey for them to practice on.
Cheetah Fact #4- Cheetahs
Unlike lions, cheetahs cannot
roar. They do however purr or growl. Some cheetahs have been
known to produce sounds similar to those emitted by birds. This
fact would seem quite surprising when you take into account the
cheetah’s reputation as a skillful predator. It seems only
appropriate though that this stalker has more subtle vocal
Cheetah Fact #5- Males
form coalitions while females go solo.
Female cheetahs generally move
around on their own or with their cubs. They may however be
found around some males when it is time to mate. Male cheetahs
on the other hand prefer to live in groups called
indeed a reminder that there is more to a cheetah than
its speed. Cheetahs are graceful, elegant creatures that
truly know the finer points of hunting and caring for its