Cheetah - Information on African Cat

The african cheetah acinonyx jubatus is the fastest animal on four legs, capable of reaching speeds of over 97 kms/ hour

mature cheetah

maps icon

Southern Africa | Sub-Sahara Africa | Africa


Cheetah vs Impala | vs Springbok | Speed kills

slideshow icon

Cheetah pictures


  • The cheetah is sometimes referred to as the "greyhound of cats"
  • It has a slender build, long spotted white tipped tail, spotted coat with single rounded black spots
  • It has a small rounded head with the characteristic "tear mark" which runs from the inner corner of both eyes to the corner of the mouth.
  • The cheetah is the only member of the cat family with non retractable claws
  • Its long tail is used as a rudder for balance and has special pads for traction
  • The cheetah is the smallest of the big cats of Africa - reaching a shoulder height of about 80cm and weighing 55 kg (male) and 40 kg (females)
  • To cope with the physical demands of sprinting, the cheetah has longer back legs for greater stride and weight has been lost at the expense of muscular strength.

  • Behaviour

  • From a resting position, the cheetah can reach a speed of 80 km/h in less than 3 seconds but is unable to sustain full speed for long distances.
  • they usually move in small family groups and occasionally alone.
  • Favouring open country and light woodland, they prey on small or medium antelope such as oribi, puku and impala. They also hunt young warthog, hares and porcupine.
  • This solitary hunter relies on its famed speed and keen eyesight.
  • It will stealthily stalk its prey before attempting a short dash when prey within 30m.
  • Cheetahs are diurnal

    Cheetah pawprint




      • Between 1 - 5 cubs can be born at anytime of the year. They are born blind and defenseless and will be hidden in dense bush for the first few weeks of its life

      • Distribution

      • As a result of shrinking habitat, disease and high mortality rate in cubs, the cheetah is classified as an endangered species.
      • Cheetah can be found in South Africa, Zimbabwe and Botswana
      • cheetah cub

    Photo Montage
    Africa Botswana
    Namibia Zambia
    Zimbabwe Vic falls
    South Africa


    email icon Query or Quote

    office hrs GMT+2