The cheetah is best known for its reputation as the fastest land animal over short distances - up to 70 mph.

Overview

Cheetah - Flickr © Bradley Buhro CC BY 2.0Distribution/Habitat: Cheetahs are found in grassland and semi-desert regions of eastern, central, and southwestern
Africa with small, isolated
numbers in southwest Asia. In the past they were widespread in Asia and the Middle East.

Life-span: About 12 years (17 in captivity).

Diet: small antelopes, hares, birds.

Description: Resembles a lightweight & streamlined leopard, with a long, thin body, long legs, powerful shoulder muscles and a small head. There are distinctive black 'tear-mark' stripes running down each side of the face from eye to mouth.

Size: Head and body length measure around 112 - 135 cm, plus a tail measuring about 66 - 84 cm; male is a little larger than the female.

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