The carnivorous Cheetah is described as the fastest mammal on Earth. It has long legs, a tall, slim build and its colors are tawny, black-spotted fur. The cheetah's spots help to camouflage it in its environment. Unlike the other cats it has non-retractile claws. The name Cheetah comes from the Hindu word ''chita'' meaning 'spotted one'.
The cheetah, Acinonyx jubatus, is the sole member of its genus - all other species have become extinct. There are 5 subspecies of cheetah in the genus Acinonyx - 4 in Africa and 1 in Iran.
The name of a male is referred to simply as a cheetah
The name of a female is referred to as a she-cheetah
The name or offspring, or baby Cheetahs, is a cub
The average size of a litter is between 2 - 5 cubs
The sound made by Cheetahs is referred to as a growl, hiss or snarl
Fully grown cheetahs reach the height to shoulder of 2.3 - 2.8 feet
Adult cheetahs weigh between 75-150 pounds.
Cheetahs have a keen sense of hearing, sight and smell.
A fully grown cheetah can reach speeds in excess of 60 mph
Cheetahs are often mistaken for leopards
The Female cheetah is solitary
Male cheetahs live in small groups
Cheetahs are native to Africa and Asia. The common habitat are grasslands, forests and desert-like plains
The diet of Cheetahs consist of small and larger game including antelope, zebra hares and rodents
The Cheetahs are listed by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as 'vulnerable'