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WHERE: Most of Africa and small pockets in Middle East
COAT: Yellow with white underbelly and small black spots. Black "tear" lines extend from the eyes to mouth. Tail that ends in four to six rings and a tuft of white or black fur.

WEIGHT & LENGTH: 46 - 160 lbs; 5.5 - 7.5 ft
UNIQUE: The cheetah is the fastest land animal alive today. Cheetahs can reach 62mph in 3 seconds flat and reach a top speed of 75mph. Cheetah with her young cub. Cheetah photographed by Scott Grubb. Chirping cheetahs! "Cheetahs in rain" by Andy Rouse. Asiatic Cheetah. The Asiatic cheetah ("cheetah" from Hindi चीता cītā, derived from Sanskrit word chitraka meaning "speckled") (Acinonyx jubatus venaticus) is now also known as the Iranian cheetah, as the world's last few are known to survive mostly in Iran.

Asiatic Cheetah

Although recently presumed to be extinct in India, it is also known as the Indian cheetah. During British colonial times in India it was famous by the name of hunting leopard,[3] a name derived from the ones that were kept in captivity in large numbers by the Indian royalty to use in hunting wild antelopes. (In some languages all cheetah species are still called exactly that; i.e. Dutch: jachtluipaard.) The Asiatic cheetah separated from its African relative between 32,000 and 67,000 years ago.[8][9][10][11] Along with the Eurasian lynx and the Persian leopard, it is one of three remaining species of large cats in Iran today.[12] Anatomy and morphology[edit] Cheetah cubs with dog (India, 1897). Habitat and population estimates[edit] Prey[edit] India[edit] Captive-born cheetah with its emotional support dog. A group of cheetahs crossing a croc-infested river in Maasai Mara, Kenya.

Cheetahs at sunset. Two Rescued Cheetah Cubs. Cheetah mother with cub. Cheetah Page. E.J.

Cheetah Page

Three cheetahs spare tiny antelope's life... and play with him instead. By Daily Mail Reporter Updated: 19:36 GMT, 5 February 2010 Hello little antelope, would you like to play with us?

Three cheetahs spare tiny antelope's life... and play with him instead

Coming from three deadly cheetahs, it's the kind of invitation that's best refused - but amazingly, this impala escaped unscathed from its encounter. Luckily for the youngster, it seems these three male cheetahs simply weren't hungry. No claws for alarm: Astonishingly, these cheetahs, whose instinct is to hunt for food, decide to play with this baby impala That's because unlike other big cats, the cheetah hunts in the daytime, either in the early morning or late afternoon.

And that seems to be the secret to the antelope's survival, as it's likely it fell into the cheetahs' clutches when they were already full - and tired out - from an earlier hunt. ZooBorns: Cheetah. Last Monday my ZooBorns' co-founder, Chris Eastland, and I (Andrew Bleiman) made a very special trip to Dallas Zoo to meet their twin Cheetah cubs, Kamau and Winspear.

ZooBorns: Cheetah

We also met their canine companion, a black Lab puppy named, Amani. It's extraordinarily rare that we get to interact, let alone romp, with real-live zoo-borns. However these special cubs are being raised as education animals so socialization with humans, even goofy ZooBorns guys, is part of their regular day. Their puppy friend, Amani, is a calming influence who will also help with these efforts. The cubs were born at Smithsonian's Front Royal Conservation Biology Institute on July 8th.

The feline duo put on quite a display. With wild Cheetah populations hovering somewhere around 10,000, the species is considered vulnerable to extinction. Institutions like Dallas Zoo serve an invaluable role in building empathy and awareness for wildlife conservation. Special thanks to the Dallas Zoo staff that made our visit possible. King Cheetah Pattern. "Laughing Cheetah" by Stephen Earle. Cheetah will run again in India. 29 July 2010Last updated at 07:49 The vast majority of the 10,000 cheetahs left in the world are in Africa The cheetah, eradicated in India by hunting nearly a century ago, will run again in the country, as three sites are earmarked for its reintroduction.

Cheetah will run again in India

The government has approved wildlife groups' recommendations of two sanctuaries in Madhya Pradesh and an area in Rajasthan as potential homes. The government will spend 30m rupees ($0.6m; £0.4m) to restore these sites before the animals are imported. The plan is to import the cats from Africa, Iran and the Middle East. Kuno Palpur and Nauradehi wildlife sanctuaries in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh and Shahgarh area in Jaisalmer, in the northern state of Rajasthan, have been selected as the sites to house the animals. Trophy hunters Environment and Forests Minister Jairam Ramesh said the reintroduction of the world's fastest land animal would "restore the grasslands" of India.

Cheetah in the brush.