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Cheetah stands on a fallen tree. The sky is clear and there are green leaves in the background.
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South African Cheetah

Acinonyx jubatus jubatus

About

Cheetahs are built for speed! Over short distances, they can reach speeds of up to 70 miles per hour, which helps them catch their prey with high success. How do they do this? Their long, slim body, flexible spine, strong heart and lungs, cleat-like claws and thick tail for balance make them among the most athletic of land animals. Cheetahs rely on their keen eyesight to spot prey far across the African grasslands and start their chase.

Female cheetahs live alone or with their cubs, while male cheetahs often live in groups of brothers and roam large territories thousands of square miles in size together. Female cheetahs have a few cubs at a time, who stay with her for over a year, practicing their hunting skills together.

Size
Up to 5 feet long and 150 pounds
Live in
Eastern and southern Africa
Food
Medium-sized animals, especially ungulates
IUCN Red List Status
Vulnerable
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Conservation

Cheetahs hunt over a large territory, so they are threatened by habitat loss and are vulnerable to extinction. Conflict with humans through agriculture, tourism, poaching and mining also are leading to their decline.

You can help African wildlife by recycling your electronic items. The mineral coltan, used in our everyday electronic devices such as cellphones, is mined from their habitat. Recycling these items lowers the need for more mining.

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