(Latin = Acinonyx jubatus, Afrikaans = Jagluiperd, Tswana = Lengau)
- Numbers: Low
- Weight: 36 – 60 kg (79 – 132 lb.)
- Shoulder height: 80 cm (32 in.)
- Pregnancy time: 90 days +
- Cub quantity: Up to 6
- The cheetah occurs mainly in eastern and southern Africa and a few parts of Iran.
The cheetah’s body is specialized for speed. It is the fastest land animal. The speed of a hunting cheetah averages 64 km/h (40 mph) during a sprint. The chase is interspersed with a few short bursts of speed, when the animal can clock 112 km/h (70 mph). Cheetahs are tan in color with black spots all over their bodies. They can also be distinguished from other big cats by their smaller size, spotted coats, small heads and ears and distinctive “tear stripes” that stretch from the corner of the eye to the side of the nose.
They mainly eat gazelles, wildebeest calves, impalas and smaller hoofed animals. Cheetahs are active mainly during the day, with hunting its major activity.
Cheetahs can breed throughout the year. Gestation is nearly three months long, resulting in a litter of typically three to five cubs.
Prefers to frequent open plains as is often depicted in films, but they are also at home in savannah woodland areas.
Shooting distances will vary greatly depending upon the environment but a 300 yard (300 meter) shot on an open plain should not be out of the question should one be comfortable with it. Cheetahs are not very hardy animals so a caliber for plains game such as a 7 mm (.284) caliber along with a good bullet should do just fine.