Cheetahs - Cats - Habitat and Range
Cheetahs are found in temperate grasslands and tropical savannas. The species prefers dry climates. It can survive without water for a long time since they obtain much of the fluids they need from their prey. Open habitats that allow good overview of the surroundings are best for the Cheetah. They also like elevated places that help to better locate prey and hunt. When hunting, Cheetahs bend with bush and scrub and stalk their prey.
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The population of Cheetahs has greatly been reduced in the 20th century. Habitat loss and hunting were detrimental for the species. Nowadays, Cheetahs inhabit considerable territories of Africa. The largest population of Cheetahs is in Namibia.
Cheetahs - Cats - Food Habits
Cheetahs are carnivore animals. They hunt mainly the gazelle but can feed on smaller mammals such as rabbits, kudu, sable, and others. Cheetahs also eat birds. These wild cats are diurnal predators. They hunt mostly during the early morning hours and in late afternoon. As a rule, Cheetahs hunt every 2 to 5 days except for females with the juvenile that may hunt every day.
Cheetahs observe the area for prey, sneak up to it at the distance of about 50 yards, and accelerate. It should be said that not all hunts are successful. In most cases, Cheetahs fail to kill prey. Nonetheless, if the attempt has been a success, a Cheetah will kill the prey by biting it on the skull or throat. Since Cheetahs cannot always defend their prey from other predators, they have to eat fast.
Cheetahs - Cats - General Information Links
1Up Info - Cheetah (Acinonyx Jubatus) - Profiles the habits, ecology, habitat, diet, anatomy, distribution, behavior, species, and characteristics of the animal of cat family. Also known as Hunting Leopards.
Animal Diversity Web - Cheetahs - Discover the scientific name of this predatory feline. Find out about dietary habits and view images of bone structure.
Animals of Africa -- Cheetahs - Excerpted from the illustrated book "Animals of Africa."
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BBCi - Cheetahs - Look over photos of this fleet-footed feline, and learn about its anatomy, behavior, and habitat.
Cheetah - Wikipedia - General information on the species.
Cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus) - Includes photos, videos, diet, habitat, predators, offspring, social life, intelligence, senses, weight, height, and life span.
Cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus) - The Cheetah in many ways is peculiar amongst the many cat species. Learn more.
Cheetah (Kids) - A picture of a Cheetah with an accompanying creature profile and creature facts.
Cheetah Cubs (Kids/Teens) - Color photos of two cubs being raised at a zoo nursery. Links to conservation sites.
Cheetah Images - Pictures of the Cheetah.
Cheetah Information - Learn about physical features, habitats and behaviors of Cheetahs.
Cheetah Pictures - Dutch site with a photo gallery.
Cheetah Pictures For Kids - Information and pictures of the Cheetah.
Cheetah Printout - EnchantedLearning.com - Description and basic facts about Cheetahs.
Cheetah Species Profile - Information on the Cheetah habitat, diet, reproduction, and behavior.
Cheetahs - Contains Cheetah description, habitat, and special adaptations.
Creature Feature: Cheetahs (Kids/Teens/Mature Teens) - Discover the fun fact section, with video clips, maps, and videos.
Honolulu Zoo: Cheetahs - Contains physical characteristics, habitat and distribution, and other information on the species.
Indianchild - Cheetah, Habitat, Pictures - Contains information about the fastest animal in the world, the Cheetah. Covers habitat, food habits of Cheetahs, and interesting facts. Includes some Cheetah pictures.
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Kidsplanet: Cheetahs (Kids/Teens/Mature Teens) - Color photos and information about the status, size, diet, life span, habitat, and behavior of the Cheetah.
Lioncrusher's Domain - Cheetahs - Presents a photo of this species and shows the difference between its markings and leopard markings. Learn about its range, habitat, and hunting behavior.
Paradise Wildlife Park - Cheetahs - Interesting facts about Cheetahs.
The Living Africa: Cheetahs - Species characteristics.
The Virtual Zoo: Cheetahs - Educate yourself about Cheetahs.
Wildlife Africa - Cheetah (Kids/Teens) - Brief information on the behavior of a Cheetah, their diet, breeding habits, social life, and habitat in Southern Africa.
Wildlife Photo Gallery: Cheetahs - Contains pictures of Cheetahs.