The Swahili word for ‘cheetah’ is ‘duma’. Found in the open savannah, the cheetah is the fastest land animal in the world.
In 1900 there were an estimated 100,000 cheetahs inhabiting their range of Africa and Asia from South Africa to India. Sadly there are now only approximately 9,000 to 12,000 cheetahs that remain in the wild in Africa.
It is through the work of organizations like Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF), of which I am a trustee, that we are trying to raise awareness of these incredible animals and their importance in our ecosystem.
Here are some interesting facts about cheetahs:
- Cheetahs cannot roar
- They purr on inhale and exhale like domestic cats
- Known topspeed of 70mph
- Listed as ‘endangered’
- Most active during the day and hunt in the late morning or early evening
- Their “tear stripes” stretch from the side of the nose to the corner of the eye just like a professional athelete so that the sun does not blind them
Would you like to see a cheetah or better yet, visit the Cheetah Conservation Fund and get up close and personal with these amazing animals? We can make that happen including a VIP visit. Send me an email on firstname.lastname@example.org