Fast and beautiful, the cheetah has made an imprint on our lives from the very beginning. I can remember being a little girl, trying to run as fast as a Cheetah. That never did happen but, isn’t it funny how we go straight to the Cheetah’s speed? Runners have tried to outrun this stunning cat, they have not been able to do so.
To remember, Cheetahs sprint more so then run. They save that energy for the amazing burst of speed to catch prey. They have to plan out this attack with great care. And unfortunately, their prey often gets stolen from them by other of African’s wildlife, such as the much larger lion. Cheetahs are the underdogs of the cat world. They aren’t as buff as a lion, they know when they are out weighed so to speak.
So besides their speed, what else is to a Cheetah? They weigh from 77 to 143 lbs and are around 6 feet long from nose to tail. Their eyesight is incredible, besides their speed they use their eyesight to scan for prey in the tall grasslands of Africa. Unlike many wild cats, Cheetahs are hunters by day. Once their prey is caught they tend to drag their kill to a shadowed area, in hopes of their meal not getting stolen. Most Cheetahs are found in eastern and southwestern Africa and about 7,000 to 10,000 of these cats remain in the wild.
They are often targets of wildlife trafficking, not only for their coats but as exotic pets as well. They are also threatened by hunting, habitat loss and the decline of prey populations.
These creatures are beautiful, intelligent and are slowly becoming rare. Female Cheetahs usually have 2-3 cubs and raise them from 1.5-2 years. They raise their cubs alone, you could call them single moms 🙂
How can we make sure these mothers reproduce and their young keep roaming the African plains? Conservation. Awareness. Your Voice. Everything you think could help, Will Help. Keep on spreading the word of conservation. I choice to spread the word through my blog, my art, donations and the organizations I am involved with. The simplest things can do the most 🙂
Something that I feel is a fun and interesting way to help is a symbolic donation from WWF. It’s a great way to give back and spread the word of conservation.