What kind of animal is a cheetah? Explanation of characteristics, ecology, and habitat


What kind of animal is a cheetah? We will explain its characteristics, ecology, and habitat. They are extremely capable carnivores that can catch prey at speeds of over 100km/h, but they can also be chased by lions, hyenas, and other carnivores. I will explain the characteristics and personality.

What is a cheetah? About basic status

The cheetah is a carnivorous mammal classified in the genus Cheetah, in the order Carnivora, order Carnivora, and family Felinae. The scientific name is Acinonyx jubatus. The body length is 110-150cm and the weight is 35-72kg. Tail length 60-90cm, shoulder height 67-94cm. This is a land tiger that can run fast and is an animal from Asia and Africa. You may be shown around the park during events, etc. The list of information is as follows.

scientific name(学名)Acinonyx jubatus
classification(分類)Mammalia、 Carnivora、 Felidae、Felinae
Length(体長)110 – 150cm
Weight(体重)35 – 72kg

About classification

Cheetahs are classified as cats. The following variants exist:

  • Acinonyx jubatus jubatus
  • Acinonyx jubatus fearsoni
  • Acinonyx jubatus hecki 
  • Acinonyx jubatus soemmeringii
  • Acinonyx jubatus venaticus

About habitat

Cheetahs mainly live in Africa.

feature is? What kind of creature is it?

Cheetahs live in grasslands, open forests, and shrublands in the savannah, and have small heads, small ears, and small canine teeth and tooth roots. The limbs are elongated. There is no sheath to hold the claws, so they cannot be retracted. When chasing prey, it is said to be able to travel at an astonishing speed of 72 km/h in 2 seconds. They sometimes climb trees and add scent. Cheetahs mostly live alone, but sometimes they form groups with their young and their families.

What is your personality like?

Cheetahs do not get discouraged even when they fail and have a tenacious mental strength. On the other hand, they also have a cat-like quality, and are capricious and selfish.

What is the ecology like?

Cheetahs subsist on small, medium, and large ungulates. The mode of reproduction is viviparous. The gestation period is 3 months, and it is possible to give birth to 2 to 4 puppies at a time. Children can hunt at 15 – 17 months old. The lifespan is said to be 11 to 15 years.

Are there any natural enemies?

Cheetahs are not invincible. Natural enemies are lycaons, jackals, lions and leopards. Eagles are also attacked from the sky, and children are especially targeted.

Are cheetahs an endangered species?

Unfortunately, cheetahs are listed as an endangered species. The estimated population in the 1970s and 1980s was 15,000.

hunting for fur

Cheetah fur sells well. Hunting for their fur has increased significantly and they are being killed by traders. In other cases, they are often overhunted for pets.

habitat destruction

Due to habitat destruction, the area where cheetahs live has become very small. They are sometimes exterminated as pests, and when livestock raised by farmers are attacked, they are exterminated in retaliation.

Can cheetahs be kept?

Unfortunately, it is designated as an endangered species, so it cannot be kept in captivity due to its limited population. Let’s enjoy it at the zoo.


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