Cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus)

Body Length: 5-6 Feet

Weight:90-125 lbs.

Litter Size:3-5

Infant Mortality:75%

Life Span: 12-14 years

Status:The cheetah is extinct outside of Africa, with the exception of possible small populations in Iran. In Africa, the cheetah population is shrinking at frightening rates. Experts believe that there are less than 10,000 cheetahs left. Unlike many other cats, the cheetah has a specialized behavior and habitat it must have to survive, and does not take to change, especially at the rate that humans are thrusting on them, very easily. The destruction of it's habitat (as well as genetic aspects caused by the small populations) could bring to an end to our fastest land animal on earth.

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