The lithe and limber body of the cheetah is a sight to behold when it streaks across the African landscape at speeds of up to a 100 km/h, making it the fastest land mammal. However, its slender build also makes for easy prey-steals from other predators.
While the female cheetahs roam across vast stretches of land in search of food, the males tend to stay closer to home. Females have been known to produce litters of up to eight cubs that become self-sufficient at around two years of age. Brothers form coalitions, numbering on average three individuals.
Cheetahs are very sociable animals. They interact by touch through grooming each other, licking, and rubbing cheeks and faces. It has also been documented that the clearly defined tear streaks on the animal’s face can define expressions when observed up-close.
Globally, just over 7,000 cheetahs are still in existence. Their conservation status is regarded as “Vulnerable”.