Cheetahs are the fastest land animals reaching a top speed of 70 mph! To begin with, basic facts about the cheetah are that its diet consists mainly of small hoofed animals, their color is tan with black spots, and its habitat can be grasslands, savannas, or in dense vegetation and mountain terrain. Cheetahs range from eastern, central, and southwestern Africa, as well as a small portion of Iran. The cheetah population in the 1900's was over 100,000 but today there are 9,000 to 12,000 cheetahs left. One of the cheetah's behavior traits is that it relies on tall grass for camouflage. 

    Besides basic facts there are extinction facts. Cheetahs are extinct in 18 countries. This is due to farmland expanding into the cheetah's natural environment and poachers. Pelt from a cheetah is coveted and doomed. In the 1960's, 1,500 cheetah pelts each year were imported to the US because a cheetah's pelt and fur was considered "hip" and was a sign of wealth. One tenth of the cheetah population is held in captivity. The lifespan of a cheetah in the wild is 4 to 6 years in contrast to 10 to 15 years in captivity. 

    Interesting facts about the cheetah are that it can not roar. The cheetah with its amazing speed was not built to fight, too. When cheetahs run they use their tails to help them steer and turn in the direction they want to go. In addition, cheetahs are typically solitary animals. They are carnivores and weigh 83 to 145 pounds. 

    The problem with cheetah extinction would probably be considered "getting worse" because the cheetah population has decreased a reasonable amount over the past few years due to threats caused by nature or humans.