Male cheetahs, often brothers, usually form a coalition of 2 or 3; only rarely will a male live alone. All females are solitary except when they have a litter.
All cheetahs are nearly identical genetically, like clones, even though they don’t cross-breed. In fact, the cheetah is the purest of natural animal breeds.
Cheetahs are so alike genetically that any one of them will accept a skin graft from any other.
Of all the big cats, the cheetah is the most easily tamed.
Although an attacking cheetah goes for the neck, it doesn’t draw blood. It kills its prey by suffocating it.
Cheetahs never get caught in traps ... why is a mystery to big-game hunters.
A cheetah can accelerate to a running speed of more than 60 mph (97 km/h) in just two to three seconds, sustaining that speed for up to 1,000 ft (300 m).
If you put a male and a female cheetah together in one cage, they tend to develop a brother-sister bond and ignore romance. The way to encourage cheetahs in captivity to breed is to put two males into a cage with one female. The competition that develops does the trick.
Akbar the Great, the Mogul emperor who was the grandfather of the builder of the Taj Mahal, had 9,000 pet cheetahs.
A narrow definition of the term “big cats” includes five members of the genus Panthera: the tiger, lion, jaguar, leopard, and snow leopard. A more expansive definition additionally includes the cougar and cheetah.
Cheetah in the grasses
Pair of male cheetahs
Don’t miss this amazing video, winner of the 2013 National Magazine Awards for best Multimedia Piece of the Year. The extraordinary footage follows multiple runs by five cheetahs during three days of filming.