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The cheetah /ˈtə/ (Acinonyx jubatus) is a large felid of the subfamily Felinae that occurs mainly in eastern and southern Africa and a few parts of Iran. It is the fastest land animal. The only extant member of the genus Acinonyx, the cheetah was formally described by Johann Christian Daniel von Schreber in 1775. The cheetah is characterised by a slender body, deep chest, spotted coat, small rounded head, black tear-like streaks on the face, long thin legs and long spotted tail. Its lightly built, slender form is in sharp contrast with the robust build of the big cats, making it more similar to the cougar. The cheetah reaches nearly at the shoulder, and weighs . Though taller than the leopard, it is notably smaller than the lion. Typically yellowish tan or rufous to greyish white, the coat is uniformly covered with nearly 2,000 solid black spots.

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Female Cheetah

A cheetah in Rift Valley, Kenya taken by jensvins

Contributed by Sam Feldstone

Khayam from Winston Wildlife Safari

This is one of the cheetahs I met while on a wildlife safari in Winston, Oregon. This wildlife preserve is "dedicated to conservation, education and research of native and exotic wildlife." They are AZA Accredited and have a cheetah breeding program. She was taken in as a cub, after the mother abandoned them.

Contributed by Shayna Rose Horowitz


Adorable baby cheetah

Contributed by Raylynn Malec

cheetah's the fastest running animal

Contributed by DiQuan Malik Walker

Baby cheetah, its like a kitty but NOT lol

Contributed by Thomas James Pierce

Cheetah chill-axing!

Contributed by Thomas James Pierce

People say that big cats are not able to pur like house hold cats well this I think will prove people wrong cheetah is the only big cat able to pur like a house hold cat.

Contributed by Rachel Gwizdala


Contributed by Keri Potter

I think this is so cool because it shows a different side to Cheetah's.

Contributed by Mal Montana

You would think that the cheetah's speed gives the upper hand amongst other animals but there the most vulnerable feline in africa

Contributed by Brayton Rockett

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