Name: Cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus)
Conservation Status: Vulnerable (IUCN 3.1), Endangered (ESA)
Classification and Taxonomy:
Distribution: It occurs in North, Southern and East Africa, and a few localities in Iran.
Habitat: It inhabits a variety of mostly arid habitats like dry forests, scrub forests, and savannahs.
Behavior: African cheetahs may achieve successful hunts running at a speed of only 64 km/h (40 mph) while hunting due to their exceptional ability to accelerate, but are capable of accelerating up to 112 km/h (70 mph) on short distances of 100 m (330 ft).
Diet: The cheetah is a carnivore that prefers medium-sized prey with a body mass ranging from 23 to 56 kg (51 to 123 lb). Preferred species in Africa include Thomson's gazelle, Grant's gazelle, springbok, impala and blesbok. Larger prey, such as ostrich, warthog, wildebeest, zebra and buffalo are typically avoided. A study showed that a major proportion of the diet of Asiatic cheetahs consists of livestock; local species such as chinkara, desert hare, goitred gazelle, ibex, rodents, and wild sheep are also hunted.
Dymadex's blogs on mammals, which are vertebrate animals constituting the class Mammalia, and characterized by the presence of mammary glands which in females produce milk for feeding their young, a neocortex, fur or hair, and three middle ear bones.