Cheetah Natural History
Range & habitat
Deserts and dry scrub land of Algeria, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkhina Faso, Central African Republic, Chad, Ethiopia, Iran, Kenya, Mali, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, South Africa, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia & Zimbabwe
This diurnal (day active) predator actively hunts animals such as gazelle and antelope by chasing them down using their most famous accolade of being the fastest land animal in the world (70 mph).
Even though male cheetahs are very territorial they may live in groups called coalitions. These may be siblings or individuals from several groups of offspring. Before joining a coalition, males may be solitary for a while – the usual lifestyle of most females without cubs.
Shoulder Height; 90cm
man-made issues such as fragmentation & destruction of their habitat, snares, roads and disruptive (unregulated) tourism are affecting this species, however both in captivity and the wild they are very in-bred leading to hereditary health issues.
The cheetah at Sandwich Wildlife Park
Sandwich Wildlife Park is the permanent home of Kikay who is sometimes joined by a male from other zoos in attempts to breed this hard to breed species. However, she is often a lot more picky than her sister Asha, who still lives at Wingham Wildlife Park (where they spent 3 and a half years living together). Both sisters were born at Hamerton Zoological Park in the UK.