Northeast African Cheetah

Acinonyx jubatus soemmeringii

Pure speed

Cheetahs are the fastest land animals in the world, but they are short-distance sprinters rather than long-distance athletes. The cheetah is made for short, fast bursts of running: it has long legs, “free-floating” shoulder blades (i.e. not connected to a collar bone), and a flexible spine that enables it to take long strides.


  • Origin

    Northeast Africa as far as Lake Chad

  • Habitat

    savannahs and scrubland

  • Diet

    Small antelopes, hares, rabbits, birds

  • Status


  • Size

    121 to 145 cm

  • Weight

    approx. 45 to 55 kg

  • Gestation period

    90 to 95 days

  • Achievable age

    approx. 15 to 20 years

Threat Categories of IUCN

Agile turns

The cheetah’s long tail helps it keep its balance when changing direction mid-chase. Cheetahs can make even 90-degree turns with ease while sprinting.

Did you know?

Cheetahs bring down their prey by tripping it.
Cheetahs are classified as small cats, not big cats like
tigers and leopards.

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