Following are some interesting facts regarding Cheetahs.
1. Cheetahs are the fastest of all land mammals.
2. Cheetahs are in fact capable of generating great
bursts of speed, reaching from zero to hundred kilometers
per hour in under three seconds.
3. Often considered as the smallest of the big cats,
Cheetahs are distinct since they can only purr and not
roar like the other great cats.
4. Another unique feature of the Cheetah is presence
of semi-retractable claws that enable them to maintain
their grip on earth in high speed pursuits.
5. Cheetahs also have distinguishing markings on their
cheeks, resembling 'tears', that reflect sunlight and
enable the cat to see clearly for long distances during
6.Essentially built for the kill, Cheetahs have long
streamlined bodies and a rudder like tail, that assist
the cat in its movement and balance during quick turns
in a chase.
7. Yet other adaptations exist that have enabled the
Cheetah to evolve into great hunters. These include
big heart, lungs and adrenals and wide nostrils - all
assisting the felid in making cardiorespiratory adjustments
for their stressful charge.
8. Owing to the significant effort that Cheetahs put
in their hunting approach, they tire easily. Their body
temperature reaches very high levels following their
sprint and thus they must rest afterwards. It is at
this point in time that they are most vulnerable and
often lose their hard-earned kills to other opportunistic
9. Due to competition, Cheetahs hunt during day instead
of night and eat quickly after taking down the prey.
10. Cheetahs normally prey upon gazelles, springboks
and impalas, employing the throat bite to crush the
victim's windpipe. With a success rate of nearly fifty
percent, Cheetahs are amongst the most industrious of
all hunting felines.
11. Cheetahs have a defined social structure, with females
leading a solitary life after rearing of the cubs and
males often bonding and hunting in groups to lead a
12. Even though Cheetahs have a large litter size, lack
of genetic variability and conflicts with larger predators
including lions, leopards and hyenas mean that only
a fraction of Cheetah cubs reach adulthood.
13. Unique from leopards and jaguars due to the presence
of spots instead of rosettes, and a lighter body, Cheetahs
are placed into a separate genus for taxonomic purposes,
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