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5 facts you might not know about Cheetahs

WRITTEN BY // Alex Isaacs CATEGORIES // Inverdoorn-blog

5 facts you might not know about Cheetahs

Inverdoorn - Cheetahs: who the world knows as elegant creatures that prance around the driest of landscapes all over the world, but what many don't realize is that their numbers are dropping and not enough people are out there fighting for this African animal's survival.


So I've put together a list of things you might not know about Cheetahs, because knowledge brings awareness and will hopefully aid/inspire conservation.


Here are 5 facts you might not know about a cheetahs:


1.The Cheetah is the fastest land animal in the world, it can reach up to 90 km/h. Not only but they can reach those speeds extraordinarily quickly as well, going from 0 km/h to 90/km/h in 3 seconds flat.


While going at these high speeds the big cat, uses it's tale like a steering wheel to give it direction. This means that the cheetah is the only animal that can change direction mid-air.


2.You can find cheetahs throughout Africa all the way up into the Middle East as their natural habitat is a drier, more arid climate predominately found in these regions. That means that, this big cat, whose biggest numbers can be found in Southern Africa, can also be found in Iran.


3.Although conservationists believe that there are very few Cheetahs left in India the name Cheetah originates from this populous state: Cheetah from the Hindi word "Chita." The Cheetah that once roamed India in abundance is called the Asiatic cheetah. Hunting and loss of natural habitat have sadly led to this animals' scarcity.


4.Cheetahs actually can't roar, they make a variety of sounds, a lot like purrs and screeches but don't roar like lion do.


5.Because of their similarities such as build, colouring and habitat, people often mistake Cheetahs for leopards and vice versa. The easiest way to tell them apart? Cheetahs have an unmistakable tear stain running down their face that leopards do not.


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