Meet Our Animals > Cheetah
Quick Facts
Native to Sub-Saharan Africa and Iran
Primary Diet Gazelles, wildebeest calves, impalas, warthogs, hares, and birds
Adult Weight 75 to 145 pounds
Lifespan 8 to 12 years
Status Vulnerable

Cheetah

“Cheetah” comes from a Hindi word meaning “spotted one.” The cheetah has a leaner body and longer legs than other big cats. The black “teardrops” under each eye may enhance their vision by reducing glare from the sun.

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