Cheetahs have tan colored coats with black spots, small head and ears and distinctive “tear stripes”.
They run as fast as 113 km/h (70mph) and use their tails to help them steer and turn.
Unlike other big cats, cheetahs cannot roar. However, they can purr almost like domestic cats.
They hunt mostly during late morning or early evening. Only half of the chases, which last from 20 – 60 seconds, are successful.
The cheetah is poorly equipped to defend itself against other large predators. Listed as vulnerable.