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  1. CHEETAH CHAT! By: Nevaeh Gartin and Hannah Sneed.

  2. Life SPAN and habitat. • Life span – 12 to 14 years in the wild and 17- 20 in captivity. • Habitat- eastern and south western Africa. In grasslands and desserts. They sometimes take shelter in a fallen tree or use it as a hiding place.

  3. Communication! • The cheetah chirps when calling to family. They purr when content. They hiss when angry. They whine or growl when alarmed. They have a good nose and may communicate by scenting tree trunks, bushes, and termite homes.

  4. Diet and HUNTING! • Diet- They eat impala, springbok, gazelles, zebras, kob, warthogs… etc. Males may get bigger animals than females, like wildebeests. • Hunting- They hunt in the daytime. They usually stalk from 20 meters away. They may lose their pray to other animals. Like lions. 

  5. Appearance! • They have a background color of light gold, yellow, or tan. They have small circular black spots all over there body. They have a black tear shape from the corner of the eye to the corner of the mouth. And a black stripe down their • back . They are about 95 cm tall. And 182 cm. long Weighs 50 km.

  6. Reproduction! • It takes three months long to produce their cubs. They can have between 2 and 6 cubs each labor. They breed through out the year. The female takes care of the cub. While the male does nothing, but sitting on there Gluteus Maximus  and talking to there group. ( You will learn more about that later.) A cub stays with there mom for a year before leaving. Cubs are smoky gray • With long wooly hair called a mantle on their backs.

  7. Reactions to humans and defenses! • Human reaction-They have been pets by local people for thousands of years. They were used to help with hunting food for the villagers. They are hunted as trophies. But do not eat or kill humans. Unless they feel alarmed. • Defense- speed, claws, teeth. Are very weak and can be troubled.

  8. Family life! • Males roam in little groups. Females are more solitary or more self civilized. • They spend 18 months watching their cubs. While males like we said earlier sit on their Gluteus Maximus and talk to there group. They are territorial and watch large areas.

  9. Diseases and what they are known for! • Diseases- Blue tongue virus infection, prevalence of hematozoars, etc. • Known for- There extreme speed and tear mark running down their face.

  10. Predator or prey and are they endangered and why! • Predator or prey- Both! They are carnivores and hunt their own prey. But sometimes get hurt or killed by hyenas and lions. • Endangered or not and why-They are endangered! Their habitat is shrinking. And they don’t have enough food. Preserves have food but don’t last long.

  11. Interesting facts! • Here are some cool facts to blow your mind, and give you a better way to understand the cheetah. • 1. The cheetah is the fastest mammal on land and reaches high speeds. • 2. There scientific name is acinonyx jubotus and that means spotted one. • 3. 80% of cheetah cubs die a year. • 4. They cant climb because they don't have very sharp claws. • 5. There pelt camouflages in the grass.

  12. Interesting facts! • 6. They can live without water for ten days by eating a special melon. • 7. Cheetahs used to live in Europe, Asia, India, North America, and Africa. • 8. Their tail helps them make sharp turns without falling.. • 9. A cheetah will chase an animal that moves but will leave one that doesn’t. • 10. The tip of their tail helps cubs keep in contact with their mother.. • 11. A cheetahs fastest speed can only last 20-60 seconds. • 12. Their ancient ancestors are pumas. • 13. Small teeth help them run faster.

  13. Bibliography! • Books • Bagley, Anne. Cheetahs. Danbury: Grolier, 2009 • Hanel, Rachael. Cheetahs. Mankato: creative education,2010. • Brewer, Duncan. 1000 facts on mammals. New York: Barnes and noble, Inc., 2003. • Hare, Dr. Tony. Animal fact life. Singapore: Marshal Cavendish books, 1999. • McKay, Dr. George. The encyclopedia of mammals. Sydney: Sheena Coupe, 2006. • Discover big cats. Bath, England: Robert Fredrick, 2005.

  14. Bibliography! • Websites • “Cheetah.” Africanfauna. 1-23-13. <> • “Cheetah.” a-zanimals. 1-23-13 <> • “ Information resources on big cats.” Usda. 1-23-13 < shtm> • • Http:// • •