Cheetahs Essay

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Endangered Species: Cheetahs The Cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus) in many ways is peculiar among the many cat species. In both looks and mobility, it resembles a large muscular greyhound. Its streamlined body is carried on long, thin but powerful legs. Its paws to, are almost dog-like. Narrow and hard padded, the paws hold only slightly retractable claws. They are the only of its type among the species of cat with this type of claw. This offers the cat extra grip when running. The cheetah's flexible spine, oversized liver, enlarged heart, wide nostrils, increased lung capacity, and thin muscular body make this cat the swiftest hunter in Africa. Covering 7-8 meters in a stride, with only one foot touching the ground at a time, the cheetah can reach a speed of 110 km/h in seconds. This makes it the fastest land animal in the world. Its short course fur coat is usually tan or a tawny yellow with small, round, black spots. A female cheetah can range from 5 to 6 feet in length and a male cheetah can be from 6 to 7 feet in length. Their tail measures over half the length of the body. The average weight of a female cheetah is 90 to 110 pounds, whereas a male cheetah weighs anywhere from 110 to 140 pounds. The cheetah’s height from the shoulders is about 73 to 90cm high. The male cheetahs are usually always bigger than the females. Cheetahs thrive for areas with vast expanses of land, warm weather, and abundant prey. Cheetahs have been found in a variety of habitats, including grasslands, savannahs, dense vegetation, and mountainous terrain. Today, only 12,000 to 15,000 remain in Africa, and few may survive in Iran. The country with the largest population is Namibia, home to about 3,000 cheetahs. Cheetahs are one of the most popular animals in zoos. They are, however, a challenging species to manage in zoos. Zoos have historically had difficulty breeding cheetahs due to their

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