Cheetahs inhabit the grasslands and deserts in parts of southwestern and eastern Africa. They mainly hunt gazelles, although their diet also includes birds, hares and other small to medium-sized mammals. Their average life span in their natural habitat ranges from 10 to 12 years. In captivity, they can live to be up to 19 years old.
Scientific Name: Acinonyx jubatus
Characteristics: Cheetahs have short ears and heads that are smaller and more rounded than those of other wild cat species. Their pale yellow or fawn-colored coat is covered in small, round, black spots, and they have a black stripe on each side of their muzzle that extends to each eye. Cheetahs also have paws that are more narrow than those of other wild cats. Adults range in size from 3.5 to 4.5 feet in height, with tails measuring between 25.5 and 31.5 inches. They weigh between 77 and 143 pounds.
Size: 6" L x 2" H