Scientifice Name: Acinonyx jubatus
Range and Habitat: Range – throughout Africa, western Asia
Habitat: Varies; desert, open grassland, savannahs
Size:44 to 59 inches long; tail is 23 to 31 inches; weighs 77 to 43 pounds
Life Span:10 to 12 years in the wild; up to 16 years in captivity
Gestation: Approximately 3 months; litters may be one to six young, typically three
or four cubs
Wild Diet: Small hoofed mammals, birds, rodents
Zoo Diet: Canine meat diet, bones
Habits: Fastest mammal on land. Can reach speeds up to 70 mph over short
distances and can reach 45 mph in two seconds.
Has excellent eyesight.
Claws on all four feet but no protective covering over them like other
cats have (non-retractable claws). Only one claw on each foot is sharp.
This one is called the dew claw and is higher than the others. The dew
claw never touches the ground and is used to knock down prey.
Usually lives alone except during mating or when female has cubs.
Males will occasionally travel in small groups of two or three.
Has few means of defense; blunt claws (for running) and relatively weak
jaws and teeth.