WHERE: most of Africa and small pockets in Middle East
COAT: Yellow with small black spots; black "tear" lines extend from eyes to mouth. Cheethas have a white underbelly and a spotted tail that ends in four or six rings and a tuft of white or black fur.
WEIGHT & LENGTH: 46 - 160 lbs; 3.5 - 5 ft
UNIQUE: Though not as hefty as its "big" cat cousins, the Cheetah can reach 62mph in 3 seconds flat, excellerating to 75mph, the fastest speed for a land animal. Cheetahs cannot retract their claws. Oct 5
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ABC News' Suzan Clarke and Alyssa Newcomb report: The woman who was mauled by cheetahs at a South African game preserve said she was "quite traumatized" by the incident. The woman tried to play dead as the two supposedly tame animals bit and clawed her head, stomach and legs.
Once distributed from the Indian subcontinent across Afghanistan, Turkmenistan and Iran to the Arabian Peninsula and Syria, the Asiatic cheetah is now on the verge of extinction and one of the most endangered members of the cat family in the world. The last cheetahs in India were shot in 1947.
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The Cincinnati Zoo has a traveling version of its Cat Ambassador Program where zoo trainers bring a cheetah and several "smaller" cats to local schools.
By Daily Mail Reporter UPDATED: 19:36 GMT, 5 February 2010 Hello little antelope, would you like to play with us? 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
29 July 2010 Last updated at 06:49 GMT 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.
On November 26 a cheetah female at White Oak , a 7,400 acre Florida conservation center, gave birth to three healthy cubs. The cubs, a female and two males, are being cared for by their mother, Sweeney, a four-year-old cheetah who was also born at White Oak. Sweeney had not gained much weight during her pregnancy, so keepers were surprised when she delivered three cubs. Despite being a first-time mother, Sweeney is expertly nurturing her three babies. For a first- hand account of the cubs’ birth, check out White Oak’s keeper blog . White Oak is one of the most successful cheetah breeding centers in the world, and these cubs mark the facility’s 145 th , 146 th , and 147 th cheetah cubs.
The National Zoo's new cheetah cubs, at 16 days old.