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This is a report about the cheetah I wrote this for my friend and her name is Amanda J.

This is a report about the cheetah I wrote this for my friend and her name is Amanda J.

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  • Customer: Michelle Colton Animal: Cheetah Report by: Felicia Ferentinos Cheetah Report _______________________________________________________ Cheetahs are a carnivore which means that they only eat meat. The foods that they eat are impalas, gazelles, rabbits, birds, antelope but they would have to be small. The cheetah usually goes after small animals Cheetahs will usually eat other animals like other predators do but sometimes they will also eat other foods like a hungry cheetah will go after birds, hares, lizards, Cheetahs can also eat bird eggs and fruit are also good for the cheetahs diet. They will also eat wildebeest calves and other small hoofed animals. When a cheetah gets closer to their prey then they will go for the bite their prey by the throat so that the prey will not be able to breathe when the cheetah gets a meal will not start to eat their meal when they first get it but first they need to take a breathe before they can start their meal and they will have to cool down a bit. When the cheetah is ready they would have to eat fast before other predators would steal it from it. The predators that would steal a meal from a cheetah are lions, hyenas and vultures will steal a kill from a cheetah. The cheetah will also eat a guinea fowl, francolins, springhares and a ostrich. They can hunt by hiding behind tall grass so that they can stalk their prey then when the time is right then they will race out to attack their prey. A cheetah’s hunt is all about sight after they spot a herd from a termite mound or an other high point then a victim will get singled out and then the cheetah will chase the prey. Cheetahs maybe fast but they can't maintain their top speed for a long time. If the prey gets a head start then it is better to endurance might them to escape the cheetah. Even with successful hunts. The cheetah can be an exhausted that it maybe 30 minutes before the animal can eat and then after the cheetah is done with the meal then it will leave it so that other predators can have it like lions or hyenas because the competition for food is so intense adult cheetahs often hunt by themselves. When the prey is running then the cheetah will trip the prey with its paw and then it will start to bite it through the neck of the animal so that it can fall and it will not be able to breathe. Sometimes leopards and jackals can easily steal a kill from a cheetah. The antelope that the cheetah can get are really small antelope like the Thomson's gazelles and impalas. Cheetahs
  • usually go after small mammals and sometimes birds are also on a cheetahs menu. When the cheetah is hunting then it will depend on its cover so that it can stalk its prey. The cheetah has to get close as possible to the animal that it is trying to hunt. Then with their burst speed will try to outrun the prey when the cheetah is close enough to the animal then it will knock the prey down with it's paw and will try to make the animal stop breathing they can to this by biting their prey by the neck. A cheetah will take a half hour to catch it's breath before they can start eating. Cheetahs usually go after small or medium sized animals. After they are done hunting then the cheetah must eat very fast so that it can be taking away from other predators like leopards, lions and hyenas because cheetahs are not strong enough to hide or even guard their kill so they have no chance but to eat it as fast as possible. Cheetahs must hunt more often so that they can have more energy than other big cats do. The cheetah just eats the meat they do not eat the skin and bones of the porcupines and the ostriches. Cheetahs can eat a mammal when they are less than 40 kg (90 lb). This also includes the Thomson's gazelles and the impala, wildebeest and their calves are also prey species for the cheetah. Cheetahs usually hunt easily in the morning or maybe later during the evening. Most big cats usually hunt when the sun goes down but not the cheetah they will hunt when the weather is not to hot but there is lots of light for them to see their prey cheetahs usually count on the senses of sight to find their prey then finding the scent of the prey. Cheetahs will also hunt gnus to. Cheetahs used to live in Europe, Asia, and North America and all over Africa. Now today they can only be seen in small numbers in Asia. The cheetah would probably prefer the woodlands and on open plains they live where their is lots of prey to catch with their top speed. Cheetahs can be found on open savannas. The cheetah can live and hunt usually on open grasslands and in bushy locations that are in parts of Africa and in the Middle East. Cheetahs usually live in Africa and in Southwestern of Asia their habitats are temperate grasslands and in tropical savannas. The cheetah can be found in deserts and in savannas. They also live in Africa and in the east part of Asia. Cheetahs live on open grasslands because so that they can have a lot of space to run and to hunt. They can see an animal on a rocky outcrop so that they can watch for prey and for other predators. Some cheetahs can live on very dry grasslands that are near deserts and in cold mountain places. The cheetahs habitat can also be a thick brush and in semi-deserts.
  • Cheetahs live in some parts of Africa and they live in small area that they live in lran. Their habitats are in grasslands and on open plains. The cheetahs that lived in Asia and in the Middle East probably got extinct in these locations. Cheetahs also live in areas that are dense vegetation and they can also live in mountain terrain areas in Africa and in lran. They also live on open plains in these places to. The size of their home range depends on the availability of their prey. The cheetahs that live on Africa's woodland their range is small as 34 km square miles but their are some parts of Namibia that they can reach about 1500 km square miles . There has been no studies of female cheetahs in Sahara are the biggest population of all the cheetah species. The most common place to find cheetahs is on eastern and in Southwest of Africa there are only 7,000 up to 10,000 of cheetahs lifted in these areas. Cheetahs are also found in the sub-Saharan of Africa. Even through cheetahs are found in lran and they are found in some different places in eastern and southern of Africa. The biggest population of Cheetah is in Namibia this place is located in South- western of Africa. The size of a cheetah is 30 inches to the shoulder and they can weight about 110 to 140 pounds. A male cheetah can grow about 7 feet (2.15 m) long they can also weight about 125 pounds (55 kg). Female cheetahs are a lot smaller then the males they can grow to 6 feet (1.8 m) long they can weigh about 100 pounds (45kg). The length of the cheetahs body and head are measure around 112 to 135 cm. A cheetah’s tail can be tall as 66 to 84 cm. The cheetahs shoulder height is 2 to 3 feet (67 to 94 centimeters). The length of a cheetah is 3, 6 to 4.4 feet (1 to 1.4 meters). The cheetah’s tail can also be tall as 26 to 33 inches (66 to 84 centimeters). The weight of a cheetah is 86 to 143 pounds (39 to 65 kilograms). An adult cheetah can weigh about from 86 to 143 pounds (39 to 65 kilograms). A cheetah’s body and head can grow about 44 to 53 inches (112 to135 centimeters) long. A fully grown cheetah tail can grow measures of 26 to 33 inches (66 to 84 centimeters) long. An adult cheetah can weigh about 80 to140 pounds. Their other average body length is 4 feet and their tail is a few inches over the half or even longer. The size of their body is 4 1of 1/2 ft (1.4 lb). The size of a cheetah is 3 to 6ft (1.1-1.5m). The weigh of an adult cheetah is 140 pounds and their body can grow about five feet long. The cheetah’s tail can grow about 30 inches in a length. The weigh of an adult cheetah is 40 to 65 kg (90 to 114 lb). The total body length of a cheetah is 112 to 135 cm (45 in to 55 in). A
  • cheetah's tail can measure to 84 cm (33in). A cheetah can live about 17 years. The cheetah can also live about 10 to 20 years. They can also live about 12 years to. To 10 and 12 years is their average life span. The cheetahs that live in the wild can live about 12 years and when they are in captivity they can live about 20 years. When they are in captivity they can live about 17 years when they are in a zoo. The cheetahs that live in zoos can also live about 13 years and when they are in the wild they can live about 15 years. The cheetah is the fastest animal on earth it can run about 55 to 60 miles (88 to 97 km) per hour. This is like the speed of car when it travels on the highway. Some people say that the cheetah can run about 60 or 70 miles (97 or 113 kilometers) an hour over in short distances. A cheetah can sprint into action very fast. It can go for 0 to 50 miles an hour 10 to 80 km an hour) in two seconds this how fast than a car can go when it is driving to a city. Cheetahs are so fast that they can run over in short distances. They can sprint across the African savannah in the speeds of 60 mph (100 kg) but they would have to stop running when they reach 20 seconds so that they do not get to hot. Adult cheetah can reach their top speed for 62 miles per hour when they need to run this fast. A cheetah’s normal speed is usually 37 to 43 miles an hour when they are chasing their prey. A cheetah's top speed can cover 23 feet (7.3 meters) for only in four footfalls’ cheetah can reach a speed for 68 mph the cheetah has nondeductible claws ( the other big cats do not do this). This comes in hardly when the cheetah is running on soft grounds. Other big cats chase their prey by ambush but the cheetah is build for speed they use their tail to stabilizer. Their tail helps them to turn into the location that it needs to be to catch its prey. when they go for 0 to 50 miles per hour (0 to 80 km an hour) they can only do this for 2 seconds once they do this speed they can not run for a long a time they can only go for less then a minute they have to stop and they have to rest before they can continue on hunting their prey animal that they are trying to catch. Cheetahs have very good eyesight they can see an animal that can be seen faraway. They use their good sense of sight to look for food. The other thing that the cheetah is different then the other big cats is that the other cats are more active at night. Cheetahs usually hurt during the day or when it is morning. The cheetah’s slim body, their long legs and their flexible are build for speed. A cheetah can take long strides and they will move across the ground very fast. The cheetah's large lungs can let the cheetah to breathe for air. The cheetah’s long tail can help
  • them with their balance when they need to change direction. When the cheetah is running it can get really hot so the cheetah can only run for one minute. After they are done running they will take a break and if their body does not stop them their body will get to hot for them to run anymore. The cheetahs claws do not complete retracted like other cats can. Their claws help them to keep in film grip on the ground when they are running. A cheetah can also run about 100 yards in less then four seconds. This as twice as fast then any human is able to do. Cheetahs can be seen in full stretch when they lift all of their four legs off of the ground when they are running very fast. A cheetah can run very fast with one stride that kind a looks like that it is flying in the air. A cheetah’s top speed is 300 yards (274 meters) as far as two and a half that is how far as a football field then it has to stop so that it can rest. Cheetahs are build for speed they get their speed power by their legs and their springy backbones that is on their streamlined, muscular bodies. Not like other big cats cheetahs count on their speed then their strength to help them to survive. The cheetah has the ability to run will start with their flexible spine this will let the cat's front legs to stretch far forward in every stride. They can run over 20 to 22 feet (6 to 6.7 meters) in one stride that is like the same speed and distance that a racehorse has. But the cheetah is lot faster then a racehorse. A racehorse normal speed is 43 miles per hour (69 kilometers per hour). A speed of a cheetah is more like 70 miles per hour (112 kilometers per hour). Cheetahs will be off the ground then more then a half of their running time. Their claws help them when they are running because they are so hard and sharp like cleats they can give great traction when they are running. In Egypt and other ancient civilations cheetahs were once kept as pets they are use as pets for hunting companions having a cheetah for a pet was very popular then dogs. Long time ago kings and other rulers used kept cheetahs they used to put these animals in their private zoos. Cheetahs are even tamed. The rulers trained their cheetahs how to be tamed. These tamed Cheetahs were used to hunt other animals. In 5,000 years ago ancient Egyptians taught their cheetahs how to be tamed. In 500 years ago a ruler that lived in India once kept 9,000 cheetahs and the ruler that lived in India taught his cheetahs how to hunt deer. There are about 1,000 cheetahs that are living in zoos all around the world today. There are about 300 cheetahs that are living in zoos in the United States. Cheetahs do not drink water because they get their moisture from the bodies of their
  • prey. People in the past used to train cheetahs to hunt and lots of civilizations depicted them were in their art made records for these cats. Cheetahs were once so popular to the Akbar the great who lives in India said that this person kept a stable of 1,000 cheetahs that this person kept as pets. The cheetah used to be domesticated by the aristocrats that were once used to hunt antelopes it is kind of the same way that it is done with the members of the greyhound group dogs. There are about 200 cheetahs that are living in Iran. Now today cheetahs can now be found on Africa. There are 5 different subspecies of cheetah that live in Africa and in Iran. Cheetahs are very friendly to people long time ago people used to train cheetahs how to hunt. Even the Cheetahs that live in today's zoos can often be near people without even hurting them. Cheetahs often live by themselves most of the time. Sometimes males can be in a group with other male cheetahs to help them to hunt. Often the reason that they stay together is because they are brothers They usually stay together after they are grown up When there is a time when two or more cheetahs come together this is called a coalition. A coalition may last for few days or as long as a cheetah lives for. Sometimes when a cheetah does see each other they usually start a fight. When a male is fighting is often means that he is trying to protect a female. Females will often fight for their cubs. The cheetahs close relatives are the other big cats like the lion, tiger and the leopard. Cheetahs live in a special area that is called a territory this is the place where they find their food and water. In often the cheetah never lives its territory. Some Territories are not always the same size. It only matters there are plenty of food for the cheetah. There are some territories that can be small like in desert locations where places that food and water are scarce are. A cheetah’s territory can be big as 620 square miles that is like the same size as a big city. The females are a lot different then the males because the females live on their own and they avoid each other. There have been times when mother and daughter were seen as a pair which can last for small periods of time. The other reason why the females are different then the males because females do not guard their territory. Female cheetahs often stay in the same territory with their mothers and they sometimes share their territory with their mother's to. Unlike the other big cats the cheetah does not roar instead it will make a birdlike chirp this sound is usually used by females when they are calling their cubs. When the cheetah is excited it will make a yelp sound. The cheetah can also
  • make a hissing and it can also snarls when it is agitated and even they can even purr when they are in content. When the males have moved away from their mother so that they can find a territory of their own. Males usually stay together even sometimes they are joined with other males that were in different families. When a group of males have found a territory then it will protect it by making boulders and termite mounds with a strong-smelling urine that warns the other males to stay away from its territory. A Male cheetah will often kill other males that will enter their territory. The males usually live in a small group with other males in other families and the female lives alone that means they are solitary a other word for them to be alone and that lives alone and that does not live in a group. Cheetahs are different to lions and tigers because cheetahs can not roar like the other big cats can. The sounds that a cheetah can make are purrs, hiss, whine and they can also growl. They can make a variety of contact calls the most common contact call that they use most often is kind of like a birdlike chirping sound. All the other big cats are more active at night expert for the cheetah they are more active during the day. It sometimes hunts at night but they usually rests on the day that it is to hot to hurt. If a day is to hot for them to run then they will cool off and rest under a tree. A cheetah’s territory can be very big it can be big as 300 square miles (800 square kilograms) this is usually the size for the cheetahs that live on the Serengeti plains. Female cheetahs usually live by themselves after they are separate from their mother and the males are ready to leave their mother's territory when they reach 18 years old. Cheetahs hunt by themselves expert for the part that when it is time for them to mate. Cheetah cubs have a mane that can be seen on their neck and their shoulders which will disappear when they get older. A cheetah can mate in all year long. After the male is done mating then the male will go on his own. A cheetah cub’s gestation period is 3 months, 90 and 95 days a cheetah can have 1 to 8 but the most common cubs that they usually get are 3 to 5 cubs. They can also have 2 or 3 cubs. The cubs will be born after the first 12 weeks. After they are born the mother will start to feed them milk. The cub’s teeth will begin to grow when they reach three weeks old. The cubs will be ready to have meat when they are six weeks old. A mother cheetah can be very devoted with her cubs because mother cheetahs have no help on protective to her young. She never lets her cubs out of her sight. In two years the cubs will start to do everything with their mother and their littermates. They will
  • spend a lot of time cleaning each other which is called grooming. When the mother has taught them how to be good hunters then everyone in the littler will begin to leave her they will leave their mother in a group. In many months the female cubs will start to leave their brothers then after that the cheetahs will start to begin their lives as solitary cheetahs. Female cheetahs usually live by themselves except for the part when they are raising cubs and they raise their cubs by themselves when the cubs reach 7 months old then they will join their mother when she goes on a hunting trip. The cubs will watch how her mother hunts and then they will quickly learn how to chase and catch their prey. Sometimes the mother will bring back an animal back to them but she does not kill the animal it is still alive she does not kill the animal because so that the cubs can learn how to kill an animal for them selves that the mother being back to them. The mother will start to leave her cubs when the cubs reach 14 to 18 months old. The female cubs stay in the same area with their mother. The males usually move away from their mother so that they can find a territory of their own. At many times a male cheetah will mate with a female after a small while after the pair is done mating. Most often females usually live by themselves except for when they have cubs. Some cheetahs have 2 or 4 cubs they are born in a very quiet place like in a brush are in small grass so that she can give birth. Their eyes will not open in a week or maybe in two weeks. They can be very blind and helpless the moment that they are born. When the mother goes out to hunt then she will leave her cubs she will hide her cubs somewhere predators can not see them and kill them. When the cubs reach 6 years old they are old enough to follow their mother everywhere even when she goes to hunt. They will continue to drink milk for 2 or 3 months but they will start to eat meat when they are 3 weeks old. After 4 months have passed the cheetah cubs have a tawny yellow and they are little bit done being spotted. Their tail will have bands that have the color of black when they are adults their tail will turn into white. The grayish mantle will start to disappear very slowly. The last of their traces will start to disappear when they are adults and when they are 15 months old. The cubs will spend most of their time learning the skills that their mother will teach them to do when they are older. The cubs will practice doing their hunting techniques they learn their hunting skills by playing games with each other. Male cheetahs usually live alone but sometimes they can be seen in small groups with their littermates. Female cheetahs raise
  • their cubs themselves. A cheetah usually gives birth in hidden places which are in tall grass, under a tree or maybe under a rock. The average littler of a cheetah they usually give birth to three cubs in a littler. A cheetah cub can grow about one foot (.3 m) long, and they can weigh around eight pounds (four kg). Cheetah cubs are born with their eyes closed and they can hardly walk. The cub’s fur is fuzzy dark gray. The cheetah cub’s fur is long and it can be thick. Their fur makes them bigger then they already are. Their fur protects them from big predators that are looking for small animals to catch and eat. At first the cubs will spent its time nursing from it's mother but sooner are later she will have to leave her cubs so that she can go hunting she can be gone for a whole day. When cheetahs are out by themselves they have to hunt every other day when they are feeding just themselves but when the cheetah has cubs she has to hunt every day so that she can provide food for the cubs and for herself. In one week after the cubs are born their eyes will begin to open and they will begin to start crawling. Soon after the cubs will start to grow teeth and they will have the ability to walk. By four weeks they will start to eat meat any meat that their mother gives them. Pretty soon she will teach her cubs how to hunt but to help them with their training she will not kill the prey she will give the prey to her cubs to see if they can kill it this can help the cubs practice catching prey. When the cubs have the ability to hunt they will follow their mother when she goes on a hunting trip. If the mother can not find her cubs then she will use a chirping sound to call to her cubs. When the cub is lost then it will make a chirp noise to and then the mother has found her cub. When the cubs are 6 months old then they will help their mother with her hunting. When the time that they reach 6 months old their fuzzy fur will start to fall out and then they will start to look like real adult cheetahs. When the cubs are one year old then the cubs will learn how to hunt by themselves. During this time of the cubs lives the mother will leave her cubs for good then they will start to live with out her they are out on their own. Cheetah mothers can have two or five cubs they will stay with their mother for the first 18 months of their lives. Under the mother's care the cubs will watch their mother hunt so that they can learn how to hunt just like her. They learn by watching her and then later on they will practice to do it by themselves. Some two or more cheetahs will stay together. But other times each cheetah will stay on its own place to hunt and to live in the wild. A female cheetah has to hunt every day so that she can feed
  • her cubs. A male cheetah and a female cheetah can mate in any time of the year. A female cheetah will give birth to a litter are a group of cubs which it can take place after three months that the mother has been pregnant for. A female cheetah can have one cub or maybe even six cubs. The average number of a cheetah litter is two or 4 cubs this is usually how many cubs that a cheetah can have. A cheetah cub can live in a very dangerous world because of lions and other meat eating animals may try to kill any cheetah cub. Cheetah cubs do have some protection around them that can help them hide when their mother is not around to protect them. The cubs are covered with a lot of gray fur which are called a mantle. The mantle helps the cubs to hide in the long grass so that lions and other meat- eating animals will not be able to found them and kill them. Sometimes the mother will move her cubs from a hiding place to a other place a cheetah mother usually does this in every few days so that can protect them but there are 90 percent of cubs that are still dying in the wild. When the cubs get older they will be able to follow their mother everywhere she goes and they will be able to learn from her. When the cubs are just starting to eat meat they will eat what ever prey that their mother has just killed and then she will being it to her cubs. Later their mother will teach her cubs how to hunt on their own. Cheetah cubs will stay with their mother for 18 months then they are out on their own. Cheetahs can also use lots of sounds to communicate in so many different ways they can make a sound that kind a sounds like a bird chirping this sound is called a chirrup This sound usually means that they are excited. Mother cheetahs can also use this sound to call to their cubs. The other sounds that they use to communicate are purring, growling, snarling, hissing, coughing, moaning and bleating. Cheetahs can not roar like lions and tigers can. Cheetahs can make a unique sound that is called a stutter bark they usually use this call during the mating season. Cheetahs are really are endangered today they are head to extinction very fast. The reason why because of loss of habitat of the numbers of their prey combine is treating the future for the lives of the cheetah. There are a number of reasons why the cheetah is endangered today. The leading of the severe of inbreeding has been occurred long right before humans have began to impacting the cheetah habitat. Cheetahs usually hunt during the day this means that they can get affected by tourists that go on safari rides that travel into cheetah habitat. A cheetah’s habitat is the open savanna they mostly like
  • locations that they can be occupied by humans. Today there are 12,000 cheetahs left on our planet today there use to be 100,000 cheetahs that lived in 100 years ago. Ranchers are shooting cheetahs because it can kill the rancher’s livestock. Then the people get mad and want to kill the cheetah. Other cheetahs in other areas have become extinct in lots of areas. The other reason why they are in trouble because their habitats are starting to shrink there are not a lot of prey species for them to hunt. Their has been a disease and in a high rate of a cub's mortality that has happen in some locations there are 50 or 75 percent of cheetah cubs have died before they could reach 3 months. Cheetahs have been hunted for their spotted fur right now the cheetah is being protected but their are poaching and habitat destruction are still going on in Cheetah locations. Cheetahs have been domesticated by people for thousands of years they use to help with hunting for food for villagers. Cheetahs have been kept in captivity for a very long period of time. They do not seem to produce healthy individuals. Cheetahs that live in the wild have been caught to restore bloodlines. Cheetahs have been hunted by humans to make trophies that are throughout much of their natural range. Lots of cheetahs have started to disappear in number of places this is happening because they are starting to loss their habitats and the human population keeps on growing and they are clearing up their land so that they can make room for agriculture. The cheetah's numbers are still bad in lots of different areas today. Scientists have believe that the numbers of cheetahs livening on earth has never been great. Today there ranges in Africa and in Asia are starting to shrink very fast. Cheetah’s need a lot of our help the future for the fastest land animal are earth rests in the hands of humans. People are helping with the breeding process in captivity. Scientists have hoped that they will learn about more about cheetahs in captive and they are hoping that it will help the future for the cheetahs that live in the wild. In 4 million years ago cheetahs used to live in North America. Scientists have found cheetah fossils that are found in Texas, Nevada, and in Wyoming. The North American cheetahs started to disappear long ago. The cheetah is an endangered animal because there are a few cheetahs left on our planet. There are three main reasons why the world's fastest land animal is endangered. The reason one people are taking over their land by making farms, towns and cities over their habitats. This is problem because people are taking a lot of space for the cheetah and
  • their prey to live on so it is really hard for them to look for food because their is not an enough room for them to live on. The other problem why the cheetah is in trouble because hunters and poachers are killing them for their fur. Lots of farmers are fearing that cheetah is killing their livestock. Lots of cheetahs are being protected in wildlife parks in Africa. These parks can also have lions and hyenas that can easily steal a cheetah’s meal. If a lion or a hyena has found a cheetah eating then they will chase the cheetah away. Cheetahs can not fight back because their skin in made for running not for fighting. Some African tourists often see these cats up close in protected areas. Together we can save the fastest land animal in the world if we work together the cheetah will continue to live on our planet. They will continue to run and caught their prey. That is what I know about the Cheetah.