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Our Tractor Trailer Ride and the Reptile House Is Closed.

Big Cat
Territory

Cheetah

The Cheetah is known as the largest of the small cats and they can still purr.

It is the fastest of all land animals, its light frame, long limbs and sleek, streamline body, was built for speed rather than endurance, they can reach speeds of 110 km/h. Unlike other cats, the Cheetahs claws do not retract, which act like running spikes. They have large lungs and eyes in proportion to their body to help with spotting prey and predators. They size of the lungs are important to help get as much oxygen into the body as possible. In the wild a Cheetah will normally hunt every day and only consume enough to keep them going for between 24/48 hours. Their metabolism is totally different to that of the other big cats.

DID YOU KNOW? Their long tail works like a rudder to help them change directions quickly! 

Current Status

  • Least Concern
  • Near Threatened
  • Vulnerable
  • Endangered
  • Critically Endangered
  • Extinct in the Wild
  • Extinct

Key Facts

Female: Tahnee
Medium-sized antelopes such as Thomson’s gazelle, warthogs
Felidae
10-12 years wild
20 years captivity
Up to 94cm
Up to 234cm
Up to 70 kilograms
Vulnerable
Sub-Saharan Africa
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