Thursday, 26 February 2015

Incredible facts of Cheetah and Information of the fastest mammal and land animal Cheetah

Have you ever know that Cheetah the fastest mammal can reach the speed of 95-100 km/hr in just 3 seconds? Ever wondered how they are able to do that incredible stuff? Also do you that Cheetah can only purr not roar? Don’t worry if you are not aware of these facts of fastest land animal Cheetah, because now you are going to know about the incredible facts of Cheetah and also you will also be shown the known and unknown facts of Cheetah and informations of Cheetah

Incredible facts of Cheetah

Cheetah Facts

Cheetah, which is the fastest land animal belongs to the class of Mammalia (mammals) and order Carnivora. The scientific or Binomial name of Cheetah is Acinonyx jubatus and Cheetah is considered as the smallest of all predators in cat family like lion and tiger. As we seen earlier Cheetah is the fastest land animal and also the fastest land mammal. The speed at which the Cheetah charges its prey may reach up to 110-120 km/hr nearly 75 mph also cheetah can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/hr in just an incredible time of 3 seconds. Cheetahs are found in Africa and some regions of Iran and once found in India. Jaguars and puma (which can jump up to 6m height) are the close relatives of Cheetah found in forests of America. Fully Grown cheetah weight ranges from 20 to 70 kg, the body length of Cheetah Ranges from 165cm to 230cm including the length of the tail and reaches height of 100cm.

From above facts you would have known some fast and basic facts of Cheetah but it isn’t over, Now you are going to know some interesting, Known and unknown facts of Cheetah. So Sit tight and learn about the fastest land animal Cheetah and also you can find some facts of Baby Cheetah.

Known and Unknown facts of Cheetah

Known facts of Cheetah

The diet of Cheetah Includes antelope, hares, springbok, impala deer, blesbok Thomson's gazelle, Grant's gazelle, wildebeests and zebras depending upon the area.

Cheetahs are nearly 4 to 5 times faster than humans and reaches maximum speed of 115-120km/hr.

Cheetahs become Exhausted when their reach body temperature more than 40 degree Celsius while running at that maximum speed and if they continue with that high temperature they will die and hence they stop when their body reaches such high temperature.

Cheetahs are not good at sensing scent of prey and hence they hunt depending of their powerful sight.

Cheetah’s vision is 6 times greater and powerful than humans.

Cheetahs have semi Retractable claws…which means cheetahs cannot retract their claws within fingers like lion but gives extra grip.

Incredible speed is their main weapon and means of defense from large predators.

To protect from sunlight and to aid in distant vision Cheetahs have Black tear marks that runs from the eyes down the sides of the nose.

The acrobatics and body features of Cheetah such as small pointing head, large Nostrils for high oxygen intake, deep chest, thin body with powerful muscles and those black tear marks helps cheetah to attain such incredible speed in short time.

Cheetah cubs have distinct spots and brown cute fur on and below their neck which is called as mantle it give them beautiful mane appearance but they shed as they grow.

Nearly Six subspecies of Cheetah have been identified, they are:
South African cheetah
Sudan cheetah
Northwest African cheetah
Asiatic cheetah
Tanzanian cheetah
Some species like Acinonyx pardinensis are extinct.

Cheetahs are assumed to be evolved around 11 million years ago.

The spots found on the body of the cheetah help them to camouflage during hunting and also help them to distinguish Cheetah from Leopard.

Female Cheetah can give up to 9 little cubs in one attempt.

Nearly 90% of cheetah cubs are killed by lions, leopards, hyenas and even Eagles.

Male and Female Cheetah cannot be distinguished only by their external appearances.

Tail of Cheetah helps the animal to balance while chasing the prey and helps them to make sharp turns without skidding.

Cheetah was once hunted widely for their skin and fur and now they suffer from the danger of extinction as they were in lack of Habitat and food.

Cheetahs can live up to 12-13 years in wild.

Group of cheetahs are called as coalitions.

Cheetahs are highly territorial and hence male Cheetahs mark their territory by urinating on trees, logs etc… and ferociously fight intruders till death.

Cheetahs that live in Southern Africa have territory ranging while in some regions of Namibia their range is

Some forms of Communication between Cheetahs are:
Yowling, weird vocalizations, Chirping, Churring, Growling and Purring but they cannot roar.

Because of Lack of defense cheetah lose their prey to large predators including Hyenas they have only 50% of getting their prey.

The above facts of Cheetah will make you spellbound, but the astonishing factor is that now you are going to learn about the Unknown facts of Cheetah which will mesmerize you even more.

Unknown facts of Cheetah

Facts of Cheetah

Now you are going to learn about some Unknown facts of Cheetah, which will impress you to the high level.

The word Cheetah is derived from the word citrakaya which is a Sanskrit word also the word Acinonyx, means cannot move the claw.

The Sperm count of Cheetah is very low compared to other cats.

Though Cheetah reaches the maximum speed of 120km/hr it can slow down its speed up to 15km/hr in just one step or moment!

The Mortality rate of baby cheetahs varies from 50% to 90% depending upon the area or regions they survive.

Cheetahs are also considered as one of the toughest survivors but they are not easily adaptable to new atmosphere and environments.

Mating among cheetahs occurs all through the year, when male cheetahs reach the age of 3 and female cheetahs reach the age of 1.

Unlike males female Cheetahs live alone and avoid other Cheetahs.

Female Cheetahs tend to leave the group when they are at the age of 2 and take care of their babies on their own.

Female Cheetahs are not territorial, while male Cheetahs are highly territorial. For instance a single male Cheetah occupies its territory for at least 4 years.

Though Female cheetahs leave their group, males live together for their entire life time

Cheetahs lack self defense to some extend but when they remain in Group they even scare away big predators.
Cheetahs easily give up to large predators including Hyenas when alone.

Cheetahs hunt in Groups especially at day time and hence they are also called as Diurnal Hunters and also they sometimes hunt in moonlight as they have excellent sense of vision.

Other big cats cannot purr but Roar but Cheetah can purr and cannot roar.

Once the Fur of Cheetah was regarded or considered as Status Symbol.

Do you know Cheetahs can be tamed? Yes of course…Cheetahs are not very ferocious and Aggressive and hence they are tamed as pets in some countries.

Cheetahs can live without water for at least Four days.

Some distinct and different forms of Cheetahs are also found such as Melanistic cheetah which has ghost markings on its body.  Desert cheetahs, Red cheetahs and Cream cheetahs are also some special species of Cheetah.

Due to mutation criteria some Rare Cheetahs like King Cheetahs also exist. King Cheetahs have rare and different pattern of fur and they are now conserved in Captivity and also known to survive in Zimbabwe.

Do you know that some emperors and Kings of ancient days tamed Cheetah?

Indian Mughal Emperor Jahangir had grown a White Cheetah at around 1600. The white colour of the Cheetah may be due to Incipient Albinism. They also trained cheetah for other purposes like hunting.

Also some Indian princes grown Cheetah around 20th century and also emperors like Genghis Khan Charlemagne, Akbar the Great and Haile Selassie, the Ethiopian king were known to grown Cheetahs in their kingdoms. Akbar nearly had 1000 cheetahs in his kingdom.

In some places Cheetahs are hunted because they are thought to kill livestock, but Cheetahs are conserved in many places like Wildlife Centre.

Nearly only 15,000 Cheetahs remain around the world in countries like Africa, Namibia and Iran.

Many steps and protective measures are being taken by International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the Cheetah Conservation Fund's mission of Namibia to ensure the survival of these vulnerable Creatures.

Once Cheetahs were found in India but now no Cheetahs survive. So some steps are taken to bring Cheetahs back to India.  On 7 July 2009, Jairam Ramesh, the minister of Environment and Forests said to Rajya sabha that, "The cheetah is the only animal that has been described extinct in India in the last 100 years. We have to get them from abroad to repopulate the species."
Let’s pray this plan to be implemented in India Soon…

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