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Welcome to the cheetah page

"The fastest cat in the world"

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This site is dedicated to the Cheetah. The cheetah is yet, one of a number of cats that is endangered. Preservation, protection, and an understanding will help the cheetah survive in today's world.

cheetah facts:

 fastest cat that can reach speeds of up to 65 miles per hour(98km).
 Use their brilliant speed to catch their prey. Unlike tigers and lions who stalk     their prey.
Cheetahs do not roar but rather chirp like birds.
Can range from 80 pounds to 120 pounds in size.
 The characteristic lines below this cats eyes are said to reduce glare from  sunlight.
tail is used as a balance for high speed running. This allows the cat to make high speed turns without any effort.
Hunt in the daylight hours.
 Tail measures 26-33 inches in length.
The cheetahs body is streamlined to help it accelerate to such fast speeds.
Cheetahs diet is based on Gazelle, Impala, hares, and Wildebeest calves.
Only 55% of all Cheetah hunts are successful.
The only cat with non-retractable claws.
Have light brown-yellow coats with round black spots.

Cheetah Range: Please view the map

cheetahmaplarge.JPG (44602 bytes)click to enlarge

-Darker areas note higher density, black dots define protected areas-

Saving the Cheetah

There are ways we can save the Cheetah. Through interaction and flow of information between ranchers and animal rehabilitators. This would involve, trapping problem cheetah's and transporting them to sanctuaries or new animal reserves. An example would include AfriCat headed by Lise Hanssen. Their primary job is to retrieve Cheetahs that have been trapped in cages set up by ranchers. Ranchers usually call AfriCat to let them now that a cat has been trapped in one of their cages. Cats are then tranquilized and transported to a safe facility where they are given a medical examination. As soon as everything looks good the cat is taken to a ranch for a 6 week quarantine. The cat is then released into a reserve for reintroduction into thee large-carnivore reintroduction program.

That's why ranchers play a important part in the preservation of the Cheetah. If we can get the ranchers to help us to preserve this beautiful animal then we are one step closer to preserving the Cheetah.

Some photo's of this incredible cat:

links to other pages:

The cheetah, lion, and leopard farm

Wildlife news

The cheetah conservation fund

Conserve big cats of africa(AfriCat)

 

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