Cheetahs live in grassy savannas in Africa. The savanna is like a grassland, but hotter. The average rainfall per year is 30cm.
Cheetahs are the fastest animals on land. They have a top speed of 70 mph. Their body shape is perfect for going fast. Its coat helps it camouflage. Black lines around their eyes and nose reflect sunlight.
Cheetahs are diurnal. They hunt during the day. They will watch for prey in a tree or on top a termite mound. They hunt gazelle, antelope, zebra and other fast animals. They live 7-10 years in the wild. Moms have 3-4 cubs per litter who are born blind. Cheetahs moms purr when nursing and so do the cubs. Moms move them around a lot to new dens. Cubs join mom on hunts when they are 8 weeks old but 70% of the cubs die before they reach that age.
Hyenas and lions sometimes steal their meal. The cheetah is too tired to fight them and walks away. Hyenas and lions also will eat cheetah cubs.
Cheetahs are endangered animals because people are hunting them, taking away their land, angry ranchers kill them, and also due to disease. Cheetahs are my most favorite animal.