2 m head to end tail, 0.8 m shoulderWeight
40 - 60 kgLifespan
Open plains and savanna woodland without thick undergrowthGestation
95 daysNumber of young
1 - 6 (ave 4)Food
Medium to small antelope or young of large antelope also a wide range of ground birds and small mammals including guineafowl, bustards, hares, porcupine, and ostriches.Predators
Lions, leopards, hyena
What is a King Cheetah?
At some point in their recent history (about ten thousand years ago), cheetah went through a population bottleneck resulting in the fact that there is very little genetic diversity amongst all the cheetahs in the world.
A recessive gene in cheetah occasionally causes a deviant colour form in which the usual spots of the cheetah merge to form lines down the body and flanks of the animal. So impressive is this varied colouration that these animals have been dubbed ‘king cheetah’.
By Megan Emmett