Cheetah Facts

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Click on the above link to read the answers to the question, “what do cheetahs eat?” – the other animals that live in its habitat. The animals that the cheetah eats live on the grass and plants of the wide spaces where they live. The are in the middle of the food chain.

King Cheetah king cheetah – some cheetah facts

The king cheetah is not a king amongst all the cheetahs. It is simply a cheetah with a different coat. A much treasured and admired coat by people and probably the main reason why this superb big cat is so precariously rare. It was hunted for her skin.

Only in relatively recent times (as recently really as the 1980s or so) has sections of the human race woken up to the idea that killing our fellow creatures so we can wear their skins on our backs is a throwback to cave man instincts. It is frankly barbaric. And there are still many countries and peoples who simply have no tender feelings for their fellow creatures. These people are perhaps not to be overly criticized or criticized at all. It is simply the way it is now. But very sad for me at least. These are the cheetah facts.

Fortunately, conservation projects like the De Wildt Cheetah and Wildlife Trust in South Africa have been able to breed the King Cheetah so it seems at least we will not loose this fine animal completely. But we will not be able to see her roaming completely naturally in the wide open African landscape. That possibility died many years ago.

You can see a page dedicated to this cat by clicking on the heading to this section, which is also a link.  And there are some more pictures on this page as well (opens in new window). Apparently Canberra Zoo, Australia, allows people to share some time with the king cheetah (i.e. get up close). When people are close to these animals they realize how precious they are.

Conservationconservation –  some cheetah facts

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Cheetah Facts – photo ©TangoPango

Conservation is the only way forward. Conservation facilities will be the habitat, the only habitat, for the cheetah in years to come.

There are some fine organisations doing valuable work. And most of the work needs to be carried out in Africa. The De Wildt Cheetah and Wildlife Trust has had notable success it seems in captive breeding of the cheetah and other animals. The trust is approved by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) for breeding.

We are able to conserve, preserve the cheetah but we are unable to do the same for the cheetah’s habitat (except in a limited way). Is one truly viable without the other? I hope so.

10 thoughts on “Cheetah Facts”

  1. I agree with your overall message, but your graph on cheetah population decline is misleading. The rate of cheetah population decline has not changed much, it has stayed consistent over the time span (according to these data points). The scale on the X-axis makes it look as though population decline was more drastic earlier in the 1900s than it is now.

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  2. Yes I agree to save the cheetah.It is the only living species of its kind. The Government in Namibia should have taken more serious care for the cheetah. Cheetah are most people’s favorite animal after the lion.They should be saved from extiction.Long Live Cheetah!!

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  3. I am a 9th grader at MVHS and I find that you people are sick who keep taking these poor cheetahs land they did nothing to ya’ll so maybe ya’ll should hop off there case bc they did nothing to ya’ll so quit and maybe ya’ll should move because they were there first and as for you farmers my family are farmers too we don’t shoot cheetahs so what gives you the write?
    -Alexis White, INDIA

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    • Hi Alexis, thanks for visiting and commenting. I agree that cheetahs were there first. Now humans are pushing them out and persecuting them. Sadly, this is typical human behavior. I am as upset about it as you.

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