Thursday, August 7, 2008

Cheetah Facts

CheetahSome facts about the amazing Cheetah, for this week's Thursday Thirteen.

1. Cheetahs are the fastest of all land mammals, reaching speeds of up to seventy five miles per hour.

2. Cheetahs are in fact capable of generating incredible bursts of speed, reaching from zero to hundred kilometers per hour in less than three seconds, outdoing most modern sports cars.

3. Often considered as the smallest of the big cats, Cheetahs are unique since they can only purr and not roar like the other great cats.

4. Another singular attribute of the Cheetah is presence of semi-retractable claws. This enables them to maintain their grip on earth in high speed pursuits.

5. Cheetahs also have distinguishing markings on their cheeks, resembling 'flowing tears', that reflect sunlight and enable the cat to see clearly for long distances during a chase.

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 prolific hunters. These include large heart and lungs, big adrenals and wide nostrils - all assisting the felid in making cardiorespiratory adjustments for their stressful charge.

8. Owing to the great effort that Cheetahs put in their hunting approach, they tire easily. Their body temperature reaches dangerously 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 opportunistic predators like hyenas and vultures.

9. Therefore, due to competition, Cheetahs hunt during day instead of night and eat quickly and nervously after taking down the prey.

10. Cheetahs normally prey upon gazelles, springboks and impalas, employing the throat bite to crush the victim's windpipe. At times though, coalitions of adult male Cheetahs have been known to attack wildebeests and even zebras. With a success rate of nearly fifty percent, Cheetahs are amongst the most industrious of all hunting felines

11. Cheetahs have an organized social structure, with females leading a solitary life after rearing of the cubs and males usually bonding and hunting in groups to lead a territorial existence. Turf wars occasionally occur between males and are often bloody and fatal.

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. This does not bode well for their already dwindling number in the wild, owing to shrinking habitats and conflicts with humans.

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. Acinonyx Jubatus, the remarkable cats exist today in limited numbers in Africa and Asia (Iran). Largest population is seen in Namibia, Southern Africa.

27 comments:

Amy's Blah, Blah, Blogging said...

Animals sure can be interesting when you start researching them!

Barbara said...

I think Cheetah's are the most beautiful cats..and the fastest!

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Anonymous said...

this was good information but i wanted to know what body parts helps the cheetah run faster

snowforest said...

Slender and sleek physique; big heart, lung and adrenal glands assist the Cheetah in running fast.

In truth the whole of Cheetah's body is evolved to make it a perfect sprinter.

Anonymous said...

Cats are awsome to reasurch about best subject

Anonymous said...

Kay this I don't understand....

darkstar said...

i like the info but i still think it needs more some ppl have a project on cheetahs XD XP dont say anything to me about this cuz you'll never see me ever again XD

darkstar said...

say whatever about me idc bucuz again you'll n ever see me again so dont waste your time

Anonymous said...

cheetahs are the coolest

Honey said...

The cheetah iz mi fav. animal

Yo Momma said...

Are u a geek ? Yes yall are yall fucked up in the mind

Yall Get on My nerves said...

shut up about cheetahs

molly said...

Great cheetah facts i like them so now i'm going to use all these facts for my project

Anonymous said...

i think this website is very useful for a project i am doing i science class, i told my friends i added a little bit to the facts for the project but actually i ended up with 3 pages of information.

Anonymous said...

this was awsome i think that i will get an a+ on my work thanks a lot!!!!

Anonymous said...

i love cheetahs and i have to do a report on them

Anonymous said...

this is really neat. I liked the movie african Cats!

Anonymous said...

cheetahs are so so so so cool. i love cheetahs.
cheetahs are my faveret animals!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

cheetahs are so cute and so so so so cool they are my favert animals!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

i have to do a report and i chose cheetahs

Anonymous said...

Cheeta's r cute! and FAST!

Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

baby cheetah

Anonymous said...

ohhh cheetahs

hi said...

i like cheetahs

"I said...

CHEETAHS ARE COOL!"

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