|5 Facts You May Not Have Known About Cheetahs|
|(Wednesday, 08 February 2017) Written by greeniac12314|
| Here are five things you may not have known about the elegant and infamously fast cheetah:
1) There’s a small, critically endangered subspecies population in Iran. It’s estimated that only 60-100 of these Asiatic cheetahs remain. Asiatic cheetahs have smaller heads, shorter legs, thicker coats, and more powerful necks than African cheetahs.
2) Their survival rate is incredibly low. A study in the 1990s found that of 95% of cubs monitored in the Serengeti died before reaching adulthood. Aside from natural predators, disease and human activity are two large factors in this.
3) When cheetahs run, they are airborne more than 50% of the time. It also has a seven-meter stride length.
4) Unlike other large cats, they can’t roar, climb trees, or see well in the dark. They prefer to hunt in the early morning or late afternoon.
5) Female cheetahs are loners and raise their cubs, sometimes up to nine at a time, alone. Males form “coalitions” of up to five individuals that stay together for life. Most coalitions are made up of brothers.
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