Scientific Name

Acinonyx jubatus


Eastern and southern Africa



What do they eat?

Carnivore; gazelles, antelope, hares


Vulnerable and decreasing. However, there are a couple subspecies classified as Critically Endangered.


Average lifespan of 10 - 12 years

Conservation Threats

Habitat loss, illegal pet trade, hunted by farmers

Fun Facts
  • Cheetahs are the fastest land animal. They can run 70 mph and can reach top speed in just 3 seconds.
  • Cheetahs have "tear marks" that run from the inside corners of their eyes down to their mouth. These marks help reflect the glare of the sun when they are hunting during the day.
  • Cheetahs can't roar, so they are not classified as a "big cat."
  • Cheetahs have semi non-retractable claws (almost like a dog's) that work like cleats to give the cheetah traction when running.
  • At Naples Zoo, we have two cheetahs who are sisters.

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