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The cheetah is the world's fastest land mammal. With acceleration that would leave most automobiles in the dust, a cheetah can go from 0 to 60 miles (96 kilometers) an hour in only three seconds. These big cats are quite nimble at high speed and can make quick and sudden turns in pursuit of prey.Before unleashing their speed, cheetahs use exceptionally keen eyesight to scan their grassland environment for signs of prey—especially antelope and hares. This big cat is a daylight hunter that benefits from stealthy movement and a distinctive spotted coat that allows it to blend easily into high, dry grasses.When the moment is right a cheetah will sprint after its quarry and attempt to knock it down. Such chases cost the hunter a tremendous amount of energy and are usually over in less than a minute. If successful, the cheetah will often drag its kill to a shady hiding place to protect it from opportunistic animals that sometimes steal a kill before the cheetah can eat. Cheetahs need only drink once every three to four days.Female cheetahs typically have a litter of three cubs and live with them for one and a half to two years. Young cubs spend their first year learning from their mother and practicing hunting techniques with playful games. Male cheetahs live alone or in small groups, often with their littermates.Most wild cheetahs are found in eastern and southwestern Africa. Perhaps only 7,000 to 10,000 of these big cats remain, and those are under pressure as the wide-open grasslands they favor are disappearing at the hands of human settlers.ShareCommentsFacebookTwitterGoogle BuzzDiggStumbleUponSend to a FriendMore »Big Cat Videos Cause an Uproar. Cause an Uproar....More Catsposter yourself

Next we went to feed some of the more "wild" cheetahs. This is how it works--you go in a truck, adults in the back of the flatbed, while Stefan and I where in the cab. As we were driving, the adults threw big chunks of meat out of the back and the cheetahs would run after the truck to get it. They made the cheetahs run a bit before throwing them the meat so these cheetahs got their exercise too.Some of the cheetahs that were only temporarily staying at CCF weren't used to the truck, so we got out of the truck to feed them. When we did this, Stefan and I got to throw the meat over the fence to four waiting cheetahs. That was really fun.Another thing we got to do was feed the Anatolian herding dog puppies. One of the things CCF does, is give the puppies to farmers because they keep cheetahs away if they come to close to the livestock and then the farmers won't shoot them. Anyway, back to the puppies ... to feed the puppies we have big trays of food and when we put them down, all the tiny puppies would come running to eat. They were all so cute piling on top of each other to get to the food.Besides feeding the animals, we also helped out by cleaning the cheetah enclosures. We did lots of weeding so that their enclosures weren't overgrown. The reason that's important is because the cheetah keepers need to be able to go in there to collect scat, which is cheetah poop. Sounds a bit gross, but they need it to check their DNA and make sure the cheetahs are staying healthy.We spent a lot of time with the two cheetah keepers, Kate and Matt, and I spent some time interviewing Matt about the cheetahs and what he does at CCF. Here's what he told me:Tyler: How long have you worked at CCF?Matt: I've worked at CCF for seven months now.Tyler: What made you come all the way from England to work here?Matt: I've always wanted to work with big cats and I've always loved cheetahs. Tyler: What is your favorite part about working with cheetahs?Matt: I like how you get to know all the cats and their personalities. Tyler: Can you tell which cheetah's which just by looking at it? (Remember, he has 50 of them to keep straight!)Matt: Yes, it's very important to know all the cheetahs by name so that we know if they're eating properly and some of them have to take medicine. It took me three weeks to be able to immediately recognize all of them. Tyler: How many dogs do you have at CCF?Matt: Right now we have 17 puppies and 9 adults. Tyler: Why do you use goats to train the puppies?Matt: To get the puppies used to farm animals. Once they go to the farmers, their job will be to protect the farmer's livestock.We were sad to leave all of the cheetahs and puppies, but now we're off to go on a mobile camping safari with some other friends from home. I'll tell you all about that in my next blog.The next thing we did was go and meet what they call their "ambassador cheetahs," which are the cheetahs that are on view to the public and are used to being around people since they've been at CCF since they were cubs. Their names are Chewbacca, Little C, Smart Man and Blondi Man. The ambassador cheetahs are really important since once people have actually experienced a cheetah up close, they are more likely to want to help do something to save them.The next day we went to the cheetah run, which is when they use a rag tied to a string that goes around a big square in the cheetah's enclosure and the cheetahs chase it. The three cheetah siblings that were doing the run won't be able to be re-introduced into the wild since they were orphaned as babies, so running them isn't meant to teach them how to hunt, but it's important for them to get exercise.lf

Here is where you will most likely find a cheetahs this is it boime Grassland/plains, or something similar!!!!

Name: Cheetah Scientific name: Acinonyx jubatus Geographic Range: subsaharan Africa and Northern Iran Habitat: Open grassland with many elevated points Status: Endangered Diet in the wild: small antelope - springbok, steenbok, duikers, impala and gazelle; young warthogs, kudu, hartebeest, oryx, roan and sable; also game birds and rabbits Diet in the zoo: Carnivorous Diet Location: Cheetah Exhibit

An adult cheetah weighs 80-140 pounds, is about 32 inches tall at the shoulder and 48-56 inches long from head to body with another 28-32 inches in tail - males are a little larger than females. The adult fur is yellow or tan with solid black round or oval spots measuring .75 to 1.5 inches in diameter over nearly the entire body. The head is small with eyes set high and a black "tear mark" running from the inner aspect of each eye down to the mouth. The teeth are small to accommodate large nasal passages. The throat and abdomen are white and the tail ends with 4-6 black rings and a bushy, white tuft. We can identify cheetahs by distinctive individual ring patterns on their tails. Their legs are long and the paws are small with non-retractable claws and special paw pads that provide great traction. Cheetahs are sometimes mistaken for leopards which are much heavier animals with rosette shaped spots and no tear marks.


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