Cheetahs usually mistaking for leopards are best known for living in the grasslands of East Africa. Typically they live throughout Africa, the Middle East, and Southern Asia. Unlike like other big cats cheetahs don’t roar they purr. But like all other cats they do growl. We all know that a cheetah is the fastest of all times, but did you know a cheetah can accelerate from zero to 40mph in three strides and a full speed of 70mph? Most likely not but wow is that fast or what? No wonder why they’re so hard to out run.
While lions and other large cats hunt at night, cheetahs hunt during the day. Their night vision is not so up to par with a lions so is quite common they do so. Since it depends on sight rather than smell, it likes to scan the countryside from a tree limb or the top of a termite mound. Most other cats are nocturnal predators but the cheetah is the total opposite. Hunting early mornings and late afternoons. Cheetahs are carnivores which means they eat meat. They tend to eat antelope, gazelles and other animals small and large. But their favorite catches are Thompson’s Gazelle which is a common resident of the east Africa. A pretty interesting trait of theirs is that they seek out animals which have strayed some distance from the group. They do not seek out the old or weak.
Cheetahs will stalk their prey in tall grass areas where it’s easy for them to blend in and make a catch.
Some of a cheetahs predators are hyenas and lions, although their principle predators are humans. Birds of prey such as large eagles, jackals and a few others will seek out cheetah cubs.