Cheetahs: An Endangered Species

Cheetahs are one of the fastest animals on land. They can accelerate from 0 to 70 or 75 m.p.h. in seconds. Here are facts about cheetahs, where they live, and why they are endangered.

Cheetahs are very unique, special animals. The average size of the cheetah is 2.3-2.8 feet, measured up to the shoulder. A healthy Cheetah usually weighs from 75 to 105 pounds, and a she-Cheetahs liter is usually 2 to 5 cubs. When a Cheetah doesn’t agree with another cheetah or animal it either growls, hisses, and/or snarls. Their are 5 species of Cheetahs, 4 of the species live in Africa and one of them lives in Iran. The Cheetah can live up to 12 years in the wild.  Depending on the care a cheetah gets a zoo, they could live longer or shorter.. Cheetahs are usually solitary, which means they live by themselves. She-Cheetahs are more likely to be solitary, while Cheetahs are likely to be a part of a pack of other males that they met at birth. Cheetahs eat Gazelles, Wildebeest, Calves, Impalas, and other small hoofed animals. They like to live in places with tall grass, which they use as camouflage while hunting mainly carnivores. Now, lets discuss the cheetahs habitat.

Cheetahs once lived in almost all parts of Africa and Asia, but now that people aren’t respecting Cheetahs, they don’t really live in any parts of Asia.  Through research I conducted, Cheetah’s habitats have decreased worldwide, “In Africa,  where Cheetahs once lived, and are now dead, has increased to 16 different countries.” Due to Cheetah’s habitat loss and other disrespect, even when programs try to keep them safe, it is truly impossible to recover the numbers that have been lost. Cheetahs like to live in environments that have rainforests and areas that they can camouflage themselves in. They like to feel free to run far and fast, pouncing on their prey. As rainforests are decreasing, wildlife is decreasing with it. As the cheetah’s habitat dwindles, so do their numbers making them an endangered species.

Cheetahs are endangered for many different reasons. “There is a high mortality rate of Cheetah cubs.” This is saying that many baby Cheetah cubs are dying at a young age and not reaching adulthood. Cheetahs are getting poached, killed and the numbers of Cheetahs killed aren’t coming back. As I mentioned before, Cheetahs are solitary animals, mothers leave their cubs when they are very young, maybe to young. Some Cheetah cubs haven’t fully learned how to hunt for themselves and end up dying. Many Cheetahs live in the rainforest, and as rainforests keep shrinking, the Cheetah and other animal habitats shrink with it. Cubs and other aged Cheetahs get injured frequently, and sometimes don’t know how to cure or help themselves, they end up dying. The types of prey Cheetahs seek are also declining in numbers. Global warming could be one reason, an effect to the cause.

Cheetahs are in fact swift, or fast, and can escape from many animals, yet they are still endangered. Cheetahs are getting closer to extinction in Africa mainly due to loss of habitat (rainforest), and global warming. Cheetahs could in fact become extinct sooner than later.