give birth to three to five cubs, after a gestation of ninety
to ninety-five days. The cubs weigh from 150 to 300 g (5 to 10
oz.) at birth. They leave their mother between thirteen and twenty
months after birth. The cheetah can live over twenty years. Unlike
other felines, the adult females do not have true territories
and seem to avoid each other. Males sometimes form small groups,
especially when they came from the same litter.
carnivores, eating mostly mammals under 40 kg (90 lb), including
gazelles, impala, gnu calves, and hares. Prey is stalked to within
ten to thirty meters (30-100 ft), then chased. The chase is usually
over in less than a minute and if the cheetah fails to make a
quick catch, it will often give up rather than waste energy. Roughly
half of the chases are successful.
Images 1 Through 5 Are From The US Fish & Wildlife Service
Images 5 Through 20 Are Courtesy Of Schmode.net
Images 21 Through 024 Are Courtesy Of Scotch Macaskill