Need for speed
Cheetahs are the fastest land animals on earth and can reach a maximum speed of up to 120km/h or 75mp/h.
A cheetah’s tail is incredibly important when they are hunting. Cheetah’s often have to been incredibly agile; twisting and turning at high speeds and in quick succession when chasing prey. Their tail allows them to balance and manoeuvre the way they do.
Cheetahs are at a significant disadvantage compared to leopards and lions. Once successful, cheetahs must eat as fast and as much as they possibly can before a bigger predator comes and steals their kill.
Sadly, cheetahs have one of the highest mortality rates amongst African animals at close to 70%. That means that roughly 1 in 4 young cheetahs survive. An ongoing threat has always been other big cats such as lion and leopard, however the growing threat is from human-wildlife conflict and loss of habitat.
Cheetahs are often considered solitary animals, however you will regularly see more than one at a time. You will often see females wondering the plains with cubs in tow, or male cheetahs that have formed a coalition together. Young female cheetahs will often stay with their fellow brothers or sisters for a time after they leave their mother.